Treatment Process

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Dental implant procedure

Your new teeth can be delivered quickly, predictably and with minimal disruption to your daily life. Here is the treatment process and what you can expect:

  1. Assessment: comprehensive consultation including X-rays and CT scans. We will provide you with a detailed treatment plan including a breakdown of costs and schedule.
  2. Treatment Planning and costs
  3. Surgical Implant placement and a temporary restoration – we will always strive to provide you with temporary teeth whilst the implant fuses to your bone.
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  5. Keyhole Surgery
  6. Post operative support and review
  7. A healing phase is necessary and can range from weeks to months, however, 3–4 months is usual (complex cases involving bone or soft tissue replacement normally take longer).
  8. Aesthetic work up and impressions are then taken to allow the technician to make the final implant supported teeth.
  9. Delivery of your final implant supported teeth.
  10. Review and photography

2. Bone & Gum Grafting

AN OPTIMUM FOUNDATION FOR YOUR IMPLANTS

Depending on your individual circumstances, bone and gum grafting may be required before your implants can be put in. Our expert team can assess your circumstances and come up with a suitable treatment plan.

  • When teeth are lost, the bone and gums begin to weaken and reduce immediately; the longer you wait to put in an implant, the more tissue is lost.
  • Gum and bone grafting are techniques to encourage the growth of bone and soft tissue where they have been lost.
  • This allows us to provide an optimum foundation for your dental implants and can be essential in cases where aesthetics are important.

3. Advanced Healing Package

REDUCE HEALING TIMES BY 50%
Healing times for dental implant surgery can now be reduced by up to 50% using Advanced Platelet Rich Fibrin (APRF), one of the latest innovations in dentistry.

This ground-breaking technique uses the patient’s own blood platelets to increase collagen production and cell mitosis. This enhances healing and promotes soft tissue repair with reduced inflammation. It also provides greater bone regeneration around implants.

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4. Caring for your Dental Implants

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Why Good care and prevention are important:

A bacterial inflammation of the gum and jaw bone around the implant, known as peri-implantitis, is one of the rare complications that can occur after implant treatment. The good news is that by maintaining good oral hygiene, you can generally prevent it yourself, as peri-implantitis is usually the result of poor dental care. When plaque around the implant isn’t removed regularly, bacteria can enter the jaw bone through the gums and cause an inflammation. In patients affected by peri-implantitis, the jaw bone is attacked by bacteria, too, and consequently retracts. In the worse case scenario, this can lead to the implant being removed. Providing good preventive care is, therefore, the best thing you can do to take care of your implant.

Oral Hygiene:

Taking good care of your teeth is a bit like doing sports: If you keep at it, it doesn’t take long before you see results. And, as of today, the effort is really worth it for you, because your new implants will make a major contribution to your quality of life.

Rinsing Your Mouth:

In the first few days after your implant treatment, using a mouth rinse is definitely the number one choice for your dental care. At this point, you need to protect the sensitive wound, so don’t use your toothbrush! Right after the implant procedure, wait 3 to 4 hours for any bleeding to stop, but then rinse your mouth for around a minute up to 3 times a day or as advised by your dentist. They might also recommend use of an oral rinse that contains chlorhexidine digluconate.

Taking good care of your teeth:

Normally, on the fourth day after your surgery, you should be able to go back to regularly and thoroughly brushing your teeth. Using your electric toothbrush at this point should be fine, but if you’re unsure, use an extra soft toothbrush for your implants in the first few weeks.

Dental floss and interdental brushes:

Bacteria make themselves at home in the spaces between your teeth, but, with good, regular care, it’s easy to keep them under control. Your dentist or dental hygienist will be happy to show you how to use dental floss and interdental brushes, and then all it takes is a little practice. You can get started approximately 4 weeks after your implant treatment.

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Dental implant alternatives and cost

There are other alternatives to dental implants, such as bridges or dentures. However, dental implants are the best solution since they are permanent and stronger; they are the most natural restoration option since they act and feel like your natural teeth and do not require damaging or intervening teeth on the side. Moreover, they provide better support and help preserve the natural appearance of the mouth, jaw and face, and bone structure. On the other hand, dentures or bridges do not solve the issue of lack of stimulation or bone loss because they do not put any or not sufficient pressure on the area if it is compared to a natural tooth. Besides, implants help to prevent gum problems and dental decay due to their metal composition.

Dental implant procedure step by step

Usually, you will need three visits to the dentist for the teeth implant procedure; it all depends on your circumstances, the tooth you will be replacing, your age, and whether tooth extraction or gum or bone treatments are required. Dental implant procedure pain depends on the complexity and number of implants needed, but local anaesthesia should make implant placement painless. Before recommending an implant, the dentist will review the area where the implants are to be placed and, with the help of X-rays, check if there is enough bone to support it. If it is a front tooth, in most cases, bone grafting will be necessary since the bone structure in these areas is usually very thin. In the first stage of the dental implant process, the dentist will gently lift the gums and place the screw, the foundation of your new tooth, into the jaw. Besides, they will remove any remaining teeth or infected material associated with the tooth. The implant must be buried inside the jaw for at least three months. During this time, the bone will fuse and support the dental implant, known as osseointegration. In this period, depending on your circumstances, the dentist may recommend a temporary denture or a bridge so that you can maintain the normal functions of the mouth. Then an impression is needed to make the custom implant crown and abutment. Then, the implant will be exposed to attach the connector and, if you have a temporary denture or bridge, modifications will be made so that you can continue using them. Two to six weeks after the second visit, the crown is placed on top of the implant. This will be an all-ceramic crown that has been custom made to match the colour, size and shape of your teeth.

What to expect after dental implant surgery?

Dental implant surgery is a complex procedure for a tooth and will probably be symptomatic for some time. If our dentist has prescribed medications (depending on what your GP deems appropriate), be sure to take these before the local anaesthetic wears off to minimise pain and swelling prior to sleeping. You might experience pain throughout the night. Keep taking your pain medication for as long as you are feeling pain. Pain is normal at this stage and will persist for up to 7 days. We highly recommend you eat soft foods for the next 5-7 days and eat on the other side since the area around the implant will be sore, sensitive and tender to bite on. And you could rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. Dental implants should last a lifetime, but good oral hygiene will help avoid complications or implant failure or loss. Good oral habits, which include brushing, flossing, and recurring visits to the dentist, will help prevent plaque buildup. If plaque is not removed, the bacteria may multiply and affect your gums (peri-implant mucositis); or you may experience inflammation around the implant and bone deterioration (peri-implantitis). If left untreated, it can lead to bone loss around the implant and loss of the same. Visits to the dentist are essential because some people may not identify these diseases since they may not feel pain or have no symptoms. It is highly recommended to stop smoking before and after surgery, as the risks of bone loss or dental implant failure are higher.

Dental implant bone graft procedure

Teeth implants are suitable for all ages; the requirement is that you have enough bone to support the implant. If this is not the case, the dentist may recommend resorting to bone grafting: this procedure will help restore the density of the jaw by replacing the missing bone with artificial material or a natural substitute. The dentist will also review your medical history to verify that you do not have any disease that can affect bone healing and that you are willing to commit to this process that can last between 3 and 9 months.