Dental implants step by step

3rd January 2019 | Posted by: SpaDental Administrator

Lead the life you want! Eat, talk, laugh and kiss without discomfort or embarrassment. Don’t let dental concerns stand between you and carefree, happy days and nights. These five dental implant steps are the way back to a comfortable mouth and restored confidence. 

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Step 1: assessing and preparing the dental implant site

Because dental implants fuse into your jawbone, your dentist will check the condition of the bone site and make sure there’s enough bone density to hold the implant securely. Your dentist will also use x-rays to check for nearby blood vessels and nerves.

For a few patients, implants are not a viable option and your dentist will suggest alternative solutions.

Some patients require a process of bone-grafting or bone regeneration to improve the amount of bone to accommodate the implant securely. If this is the case, then the implant treatment will simply take longer.

This is the stage to ask questions, voice any concerns about the process, and discuss your finance options. Your dentist will explain your treatment plan to you, with the reservation that during the course of the treatment alterations to the plan may be necessary.
Dental implant steps shown by diagram of implant, abuttment and crown, set in gum and compared to a real tooth.

Step 2: positioning the implant

Your dentist will anaesthetise the implant site before removing gum tissue to expose the bone underneath. Initially, a pilot hole is drilled and an alignment pin inserted to make sure the angle and position will properly accommodate the dental implant screw.

Once the dentist approves the alignment, a series of increasingly larger drills widen the hole to the correct size. Drilling will be slow, and the implant site will be flushed regularly, with either water or saline solution, to protect the bone tissue from any heat damage.

Step 3: placing the implant

Because the implant is screwed into the bone, a special instrument may be used to create a ‘thread’ in the jaw-bone to match the thread of the implant. Some implants are self-threading, which means they create their own thread as the implant is inserted.

Once the implant screw is placed, an implant cap seals the surgical site from the rest of the mouth. It is important to protect the site so the gum heals around the implant safely.  Healing times vary depending on the position of the implant site and the technique used to access the bone. Any stitches used to hold the gum around the implant cap are usually removed a week to ten days later. Usually the implant only receives its final prosthetic tooth after several months, however, because the bone and the implant must fuse together securely, during a process called osseointegration. Allowing sufficient recovery time before placing the crown ensures pressure and movement do not disrupt the healing of the new implant.

Step 4: creating your new tooth

First, the dentist removes the temporary implant cap and attaches an abutment to the top of the implanted post. Then, depending on whether you’re replacing a single tooth or multiple teeth, either a crown or bridge will be fixed to the abutment(s). Skilled technicians work to the dentist’s specifications to match the crown or bridge to the colour, shape and size of your natural teeth. The fitting time for this important dental implant step depends on the complexity of your treatment plan. After all, this is the part that other people will see, so it needs to look perfect. as well as feel comfortable.

Step 5: keeping your implant healthy

The final maintenance stage is probably the most important to ensure the longevity of the implant. Your dentist will explain how to care for your implant, and schedule future appointments to monitor your oral health regularly. Although dental implants are artificial teeth and don’t decay like natural teeth, it is important to guard against gum disease. After going through the dental implant stages, the anticipation and investment, you’ll want your implanted teeth to last.

Yes, these dental implant steps are worth it!

Dental implants are the most functional and aesthetic way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. More and more patients are realising the advantages of dental implants:

Eat, talk, laugh and kiss without discomfort or embarrassment.

Dental implants are a reliable, long-lasting solution for missing teeth which bring a range of benefits.

If you would like to find out more about the costs of the procedure, or why we recommend implants as a first choice solution for missing teeth, please contact us today for a no-obligation discussion.

Pick up your phone, and take the first step. Call your dentist for an initial consultation to find out if implant treatment is right for you.


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