Consultation and treatment planning – A full mouth assessment , X-rays if necessary, a CT scan if necessary, impressions of your teeth to make models to see how your teeth fit and work together. A full treatment plan letter with the costs. Clinical photographs. This is usually carried out at the first 2 appointments.
Next comes the implant placement appointment – This is a relatively minor surgical procedure. It is carried out using local anaesthetic and if you are feeling anxious can be accompanied by some oral sedation.
All implants are placed under sterile conditions.
Once the implant has been inserted into the bone the surgeon will then put some stitches in to help the gum to heal together and cover the implant. These stitches are dissolvable and can take up to a week to disappear completely.
The next appointment is usually around 2 weeks after the implant surgery and the purpose of this is for the surgeon to check the area where the implants have been placed and review the healing process.
The Integration Period
After this you will usually have to wait for between 3 and 5 months for the implant and the bone to knit together. This is called the Integration period. During this time any gap that you have in your teeth will have a temporary bridge of denture to fill the space.
The Restoration Period
When you return 3- 5 months later you will begin the restorative phase which can take between 2 – 5 appointments and between 2- 8 weeks depending on the amount of appointments required.
At the first appointment of the restorative period the surgeon will expose the top of the implant. Next they will take impressions of the tooth/teeth to send to the laboratory so that they can begin the process of making your Bridge, Crown or Denture.
The amount of appointments in the restorative phase varies mainly because of the amount of teeth which need to be restored and the type of restoration you are having made. Different types of restorations need to go between the dentist and laboratory different amounts of times.
At the first appointment of the restorative period the surgeon will expose the top of the implant.
Next they will take impressions of the tooth/teeth to send to the laboratory so that they can begin the process of making your Bridge, Crown or Denture.
When making a crown or bridge to go on top of your implant/implants the final restoration will either be screw on or it will be cemented in.