Are you preparing to receive dental implants? Then this step by step guide to the journey of dental implants and what to expect is for you. There’s a growing population of people who are more interested in dental implants compared to bridges, crowns, and dentures.
An overview on Dental implants
Dental implants consist of screw-like dental posts designed with metal. These are used to replace the original tooth roots. The way implants differ from crowns or bridges is quite minor in that they resemble and work like original teeth.
Your dentist’s approach to dental implants comes down to the needed implants, jawbone condition, and whether you have an allergic reaction. Multiple dental procedures have to be done to ensure the successful healing of the bone around your implant. Although the healing time may be long, it would hold the new tooth in position.
Now to the steps:
1. Initial evaluation: A thorough exam to check your jawbone condition and the appropriate procedure for the implant will be the first thing your dentist will do.
Here, it involves X-rays, taking impressions and matching the colour of your teeth to ensure the implants look close to natural. You will determine the number of teeth to be replaced with implants. This could take extra planning with other dental experts like periodontists, following the state of your dental health. Your health condition and any medication you’re taking will be discussed.
If your condition or dental implant allows, Bromley dentists may give you antibiotics to impede infection before surgery.
2. Extraction of a tooth: Any of your remaining tooth that needs replacement will be removed before the surgery is done. This may happen as the implants are being inserted.
Any pain during the procedure will likely be numbed with a local anaesthetic like lidocaine. Except the tooth is fractured, removal shouldn’t take time.
You will experience slight pressure during the tooth extraction. After extraction, do not smoke, blow your nose, drink through a straw or spit too much as these can cause the tooth socket to get dry and painful.
3. Dental implant insertion and bone grafting: Implants are of two types: the one that penetrates the jawbone and another placed directly below the gum line. For the jawbone-type implant, your jawbone will be examined for strength sufficient to protect the implant. If it’s not strong enough, you’ll need additional bone, which will be taken from another part of your jawbone area, not the site for the implant.
The grafted jawbone should be allowed to heal first before installing the dental implants.
When the implant has bonded with the jawbone, it will start growing around the implant. After this, you’ll have the implant as part of your natural gum line. This procedure differs from person to person. It can be completed between 3 to 9 months.
4. Installation of the abutment: An abutment will be placed on top of the implant after stabilising it. It is this device that connects the implant to the crown. This abutment should be tightened up to fit securely.
No pain except for a slight pressure will be felt during this process, and a local anaesthetic will be applied to the site.
Since the abutment is placed beyond the gum line, it can be installed same time as the implant. This dental piece will be noticeable in a smile, so your dentist needs to make arrangements to mask it. A healing cap will also be placed to stop the growth of bone and tissue on the abutment top.
5. Placing the permanent crown: When your gum has healed, an artificial crown or tooth will be produced by your dentist. You can choose between a fixed and removable implant. Where you have several teeth at the back, just like removable dentures, the removable type will be best for easy cleaning and replacement.
Fixed implants can’t be removed for cleaning or replacement. They’re bonded permanently to the abutment with screws or cement.
Extra information about implants
Going for dental implants isn’t a minor decision. These appliances can be pricey but has a success rate of around 95%. Other useful information is below:
· Dental implants are not completed in a single visit as the jawbone needs to heal. It involves several stages.
· Until you add a crown, you won’t have a tooth. Discuss non-permanent options such as a retainer or dental flippers with your dentist.
Don’t freak out if you notice some post-surgery discomfort like slight bleeding, swollen face, bruised and swollen gum.
You should eat soft foods after surgery. Ice packs can also alleviate the swelling. Don’t use tobacco as it stains and exposes your teeth to infections like root canal infections. You can get root canal treatment at our practice.
Don’t chew hard candies; they can dislodge your implants. Maintain good dental hygiene, including regular brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.
Set to get your Implants?
If your answer is yes, it’s time to discuss with your dentist as you now understand the steps involved. Schedule an appointment with us for dental implants Bromley.