Missing teeth can impact not only your self-confidence but the structure and strength of your mouth.
Without teeth, your bite and chew functions will deteriorate, and you are more prone to infections and even gum disease.
However, there are so many solutions that can restore your smile and self-esteem.
Implants are artificial tooth roots, which fix into the jaw that use crowns, usually made of porcelain, to mimic natural teeth.
Here at Calm and Gentle Dental, we are committed to providing the highest-quality treatment and care to every patient, and with a 98% implant success rate, you can count on us to bring back your dream smile.
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Before the procedure:
Before your implants are placed, your mouth may need to be prepped to accept the implants in the best way.
Here are the pre-implant treatment options:
- Atraumatic extraction – the removal of a cracked or decayed tooth in order to replace it with a dental implant.
- Socket preservation – a small bone graft is placed into a tooth extraction site to protect the socket and prepare it for implant placement.
- Guided bone regeneration – if you do not have enough bone in your jaw, a bone graft will increase the height and width of the bone so that you can have an implant placed.
- Maxillary sinus lift – this is similar to a bone graft, and is specific to the upper jaw. A sinus lift will increase the bone in the space between your jaw and your maxillary sinuses either side of your nose.
Learn more about pre-implant procedures here.
What happens during the implant procedure?
Your complete implant treatment will tend to happen in stages.
During the implant placement procedure, however, one of our experienced dental specialists will make a small incision in your gum in order to reveal the jawbone.
The implant; the titanium rod – is placed into the small hole, and then the gum is stitched back up.
Nervous about surgery? Don’t be. Read more here.
Is the procedure painful?
A local anaesthetic will be used during the placement surgery as it is a minimally invasive surgery. You will feel pressure, but you should not feel pain.
If at any point you feel pain, you must let your dental surgeon know immediately.
Stage-by-stage procedure breakdown
1. Healing and recovery
Following your implant placement, you will need to allow time for your implant to heal and osseointegrate with the bone in your jaw.
Your dentist will advise you on cleaning the site, and nutritional advice to encourage effective and safe recovery.
This can take anywhere between 6 and 12 weeks.
For immediate placements see All-on-Four methods.
2. Abutment and temporary crowns
After your implants have had time to integrate with the existing bone in your jaw, you will have an abutment fitted to the titanium rods.
An abutment is a connection between the tooth and the implant itself.
It is a kind of cushion which allows safe use of the implant when the prosthetic tooth is fitted.
3. Final fitting
Your final fitting can occur anywhere between 3 and 9 months after the initial implant placement.
The prosthetic tooth, usually made out of porcelain, will be screwed onto the abutment, and then your procedure is complete.
After the procedure: Aftercare and recovery
If you care for your implants properly, they can last a lifetime, just like natural teeth.
Here are some aftercare tips to help preserve and care for your implant:
- For two weeks after the implant has been placed, rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash, or warm salty water.
- Maintain good oral health by brushing at least twice a day
- Floss around the implant regularly to clear plaque build-up
- Visit your dentist bi-annually for check-ups
- Schedule teeth polishing and cleaning with your hygienist
If you have any concerns about your implant, or if you are experiencing pain or discomfort, then book an appointment with us.
We will be able to assess your mouth and implant site for any problems.
How successful is implant treatment?
Dental implants are known for their durability and long-term effectiveness.
We have a 98% success rate on our implant placements.
We have helped hundreds of patients restore their smiles.
Here at Calm and Gentle Dental, we use the latest technology and materials in all of our treatments, so that whatever you are having done, you can rest assured that you will be in the best of hands throughout your implant treatment.