During the last 30 years, dental implants have become a desirable alternative to other methods of replacing missing teeth. Excellent success rates and a range of available options give dentists a variety of new ways to treat and replace lost teeth.
Your dentist can evaluate your case and tell you if you are a candidate for dental implants. Structurally, a dental implant is a titanium-based cylinder that replaces the missing tooth root. After a period of time, other parts are placed on the implant to enable your dentist to eventually place a crown (cap) on the implant. Implants can also be used to support full or partial dentures, dramatically improving denture retention and stability.
Most patients with adequate bone mass can have implants, although it varies among individuals. Typically an x-ray and CT-scan are performed to determine if you have enough bone to place the implant, as well as to verify the size and kind of implant that should be placed.
Dental Implant Process
- Initial Consultation
- Evaluate patient’s medical condition
- Evaluate patient’s oral condition
- Discuss patient’s expectations
- Dental implant procedure explained
- X-rays and CT scan.
- Impressions taken for diagnostic work-up.
- Discuss treatment options with patient.
Stage 1 Surgery
- Dental implant surgically placed using diagnostic records
- The tissue is stitched together covering the implant
- Post-op instructions and medication
Stage 2 Surgery
- After four to six months of healing, the implant is uncovered.
- Healing caps are placed over the dental implants to allow the gums to heal.
- Sometimes at this stage we can place the post (abutment) and the temporary crown this will save time and reduce the necessity to use temporary removable or fixed bridge.
- Impressions are taken of the implant to start the crown fabrication – This will take place about three weeks after Stage 2 Surgery
- The post (abutment) will come back from the lab to be tried in for fit.
- If it fits properly in the patient’s mouth, then the crown will be fit onto the post.
- Shade selection is taken to match the colour of the adjacent teeth.
- The healing cap placed back on the implant.
- The post is sent back to the lab for crown fabrication.
- The post is put back in the patient’s mouth.
- The crown is tried in for fit on the post, and color match
- Crown is cemented on the post.
- Bite is checked.
- You may experience some discomfort and bleeding the day of the surgery.
- Take all the prescribed medications based on given instructions.
- Apply an ice bag on your face over the surgical site on the day of surgery for 10 minutes on and 5 minutes off.
- Keep your next appointment on time for removal of sutures and follow up checks.
- DO NOT raise your lips with your fingers to inspect the treated area.
- DO NOT brush your teeth near the surgical site. Brush your teeth in the rest of your mouth.
- There is often a temporary loss of feeling in the operated area and the tooth may feel loose.
- Do not smoke, spit or use a straw on the day of the surgery (avoid smoking for a few days after the surgery).
Should any difficulties occur, do not hesitate to call our office anytime.
Once all these steps are complete, your new dental implants are ready to admire, use, and enjoy! To learn more about implant dentistry and how dental implants can improve the quality of your life arrange an appointment with us.