Procedure For Tooth Implant
The best way to replace a missing tooth.
Easy step by step guide.
Brief summary of tooth implant procedure
The first step of tooth implant procedure is a discussion with your dentist, followed by a thorough dental examination. The jaw is x-rayed to check the condition of the bone tissue and to determine the placement of the tooth implant. An impression is made of the jaw and existing teeth, forming an important platform for the tooth implant treatment.
Implant Placement Procedure.
The implants are placed in the bone using a gentle surgical technique. Following the implant placement procedure, the implants are left undisturbed for a period of 3 to 9 months so that the bone can grow around the implants to form a strong biological bond to them.
Fabrication of Replacement Teeth:
A series of appointments with us will be needed to take impressions of your teeth and the implant abutments; place temporary replacement teeth; select the appropriate shade for your replacement teeth and try them for proper fit. In between these appointments, the laboratory technician will fabricate your replacement teeth and the underlying structures that will be attached to the implants.
Animation of a dental implant procedure
What is it like having the tooth implant?
Generally speaking, having implants fitted is not at all painful. For apprehensive patients, a sedation can be given making the process quite comfortable.The after-effects of having implants placed are usually mild and may include slight bruising, dull ache and swelling, the amount of which will vary dependent upon the number of tooth implants placed and the difficulty of the surgical procedures.When choosing a date for tooth implant placement, avoid significant social engagements and work commitments for at least a week after. This is just to be on the safe side. Taking time off work is not usually necessary.
Detailed explanation of dental implant treatment.
1. Examination of area to place the tooth implant.
The first step is an examination and consultation with us to determine whether or not you are a candidate for implant treatment. This usually involves x-rays and may include taking impressions for models of your teeth. If you have already lost a significant amount of bone, additional x-rays taken at another facility that specializes in this type of x-ray may also be recommended. During the examination, I will be evaluating the area(s) of your mouth where teeth are missing, including the amount of bone available to support the placement of implants. I will also be evaluating the type of replacement teeth that will best meet your needs. A review of your health history will indicate whether there are any medical conditions that could prevent you from being a candidate for implant treatment.
2. Dental implant surgeon places the implant
There are two options for tooth implant placement, depending on your clinical situation. In a one-step tooth implant procedure, the implant is placed and then a temporary abutment is attached. (An abutment is the part of an implant that acts as a connection between the implant and the crown.) In a two-step tooth implant procedure, the implant is inserted and then covered by the gum. The abutment is attached at a later date. In either case the implant must be left for 6 to 9 months. This time is called the bone “remodelling” phase, you will have some type of temporary replacement teeth, so that you never have to be without teeth during treatment.
3. Producing the new tooth implant
When the abutment is in place, a new impression is made, this is almost the final stage of the tooth implant procedure. It is then compared to the impression made during the initial examination. Based on a final model, a dental technician carefully crafts the crown. The crown is the artificial tooth that will be attached to the implant abutment. Special attention is given to ensuring the right colour and shape so that the new tooth looks like your surrounding natural teeth.
4. Fitting the tooth implant and check-up
When the artificial tooth is ready, your dentist simply attaches it to the dental implant. That’s all there is to it! This is usually followed by a few follow-up visits to check functionality and esthetics. In short, to make sure you are completely satisfied with your new tooth.