Your Patient Journey
Once a particular tooth has been diagnosed to be extracted, and if you want a fixed replacement, then Dental Implants could be the best solution. It is advisable to get the implant treatment done as soon as possible after the extraction or the bone will shrink and additional bone regeneration procedures might be required.
Sometimes the Implant can be placed immediately after the tooth has been extracted. This can decrease treatment time and give better results.
Journey of an implant patient
The overview below shows the main steps in an implant treatment case
The initial consultation is for about 20 min during which a basic assessment will be done to deem the suitability for a dental implant. Approximate costs will be discussed along with time frame and the procedure. Sometimes an x ray or a C T Scan could also be taken.
Once you have made a decision to go ahead with dental implant treatment, you will be called for a detailed assessment. Definitive x rays and or CT scan will be taken. Study models are made. Case assessment and treatment planning is done. The date for the implant treatment is also booked. The treatment plan is then posted with the consent forms for you to read and sign.
The dental implant is placed under a local anaesthetic. It is a totally painless procedure and lasts for about 20-30 minutes. You are advised to take it easy that day. Sometimes a temporary crown is attached to the implant at the same time.
The implant is left to heal for approximately 2-3 months. During this time the bone cells fuse to the implant surface which is called osseointegration. Once osseointegrated, the implant is ready to take up the load of chewing and biting.
Impressions are made and sent to the laboratory. The Master technician then makes a bespoke crown to match the shape and colour of your teeth. The artificial crown is then attached to the implant with a screw. The tooth is now ready to function as a natural tooth.
Just like natural teeth, implants require regular reviews and conscientious oral hygiene. It is important to see the hygienist every 4-6 months for professional cleaning of the implants and teeth. Good aftercare will ensure the longevity of the implant.
Implant Treatment Timeline
From placement of implant to completetion of the restoration