In this blog we’ll look at the step by step process for routine dental implant work.
Each individual patient’s process will potentially be different but this gives you an idea of what to expect if you opt for dental implants as a solution in a smile makeover or to improve function.
Diagnosis and treatment planning appointments together with the completion of any reparative or preparatory work on remaining teeth or bone.
Implant placement is usually followed by a healing period of anything from six weeks to six months. Often the implants are completely hidden beneath the gum; however, one-stage procedures where the implant is visible from the time of placement are also common. Stitches are normally removed within seven to 10 days and many will dissolve on their own.
Several visits may be needed over the first few weeks to adjust temporary teeth or dentures and to monitor healing.
The time allowed for implants to integrate may be increased or decreased to suit the bone conditions.
In some cases, the first teeth fitted in the implants are not the final ones, but replicas of the proposed design. This stage can be used to assess the restorations, particularly in areas like the front of the mouth where appearance is more critical. This also gives the gums time to mature around each implant before the final teeth are fitted.
Final teeth are commonly fitted between three and nine months after placement of the implants.
In conjunction with the patients maintenance of an excellent oral hygiene, regular examination and hygiene appointments are then all that is required to maintain the health of the mouth, teeth and implants.
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Our team is happy to help with any questions you may have about dental implant surgery.