Dental Implant Treatment Process
Dental implants are the best tooth replacement solution available when performed by an experienced dental implant dentist.
This is where a titanium screw is placed in the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth, followed by the attachment of a collar known as an abutment and then the replacement tooth or crown screwed onto the abutment. This can be a long-term solution to support a bridge, crown or denture, if a proper aftercare regime is followed.
The traditional method involves the following stages
Consultation and Assessment
First, a full consultation is conducted, discussing your requirements and any questions you have about the treatment, a treatment plan and the cost of the treatment. We then establish that the patient is suitable for dental implants, assessing the oral health of the patient and by taking X-rays and CBCT scans (Cone Beam CT Scan) to ascertain the quality and quantity of bone the patient has. If tooth extraction is required, this is performed first, then the socket needs around 6 weeks to four months to heal before a dental implant can be fitted. In some cases, it can take longer, the healing time varying from case to case. With the SAME DAY DENTAL IMPLANT procedure, the extraction of the tooth/teeth and the fitting of the implant(s) takes place in the same appointment.
First stage: Inserting the dental implant
The location for the planned tooth is drilled into the jaw bone after a small incision is made in the gum. The procedure is carried out under local or general anaesthetic, the latter being the preferred choice if bone grafting is required, and then the dental implant is placed into the socket formed. The implantologist’s aim is to ensure that the implant is fixed securely into the bone, to create ‘primary stability’. Over time the stability will improve even more as bone growth occurs around the implant. Tiny soluble stitches are then used to close the incision in the gum.
After inserting the implant and stitching the incision, it takes approximately 3 months or more to heal, allowing the implant time to integrate with the jawbone. Here at St Pauls Square Dental Practice Birmingham, we leave no gaps as you leave the dental practice. If you wish, we will use a temporary solution as the healing process begins, which may consist of a temporary denture; usually most popular with the central/ front teeth, however this can be provided for back teeth also for extra comfort while your implant integrates.
Second stage: Restoration
After the healing process, in the second stage of the procedure, the original incision will be opened up to expose the implant so that a small collar, known as the abutment can be attached (this step can sometimes be carried out at the same time as the implant being placed). This then enables the dentist to attach replacement teeth to the implant, whether you are having a single implant, or having a bridge or denture supported by the implant, restoring a crown or bridge or having complete dental reconstruction.
For a favourable aesthetic outcome, we work with dental technicians trained to a very high standard to manufacture the crowns, bridges and dentures.
After this, you will need to visit the practice regularly for check-ups, around every 6 months, to ensure that the implant is functioning well, and that the bone levels are stable and your gums look healthy. With an after-care regime of a high standard, you can help maintain the longevity of the implants which can last 20 years or more.