11th May 2021
The Dental Implant Procedure Explained
Dental implants – permanent false teeth – have been around for years and have an incredibly high success rate. Our patients here in Tunbridge Wells love how they can replace individual, several, or all missing teeth with a realistic, strong and lasting replacement.
In this post, our professional dentists talk through the dental implant procedure in a bit more detail and will highlight some pros and cons of the dental implant treatment itself, helping you make a confident and informed decision about your future smile.
Dental implants in short
It first helps to know what, exactly, dental implants are. Briefly, they’re made of two parts. A long, metal, screw-like part forms the ‘root’ of the new tooth and a ceramic crown, moulded to your smile, is fitted to complete the tooth.
Step 1: Consultation
If you’ve decided you want dental implants, then the first step is a consultation here at our Tunbridge Wells dental practice. We’ll see if the treatment is suitable for you by checking over your mouth, teeth and gums and ensuring everything’s healthy. This helps us to spot any potential problems in advance and to make sure that the implant treatment will be successful for your smile. After all, we need to be sure there’s a strong and healthy foundation for the new tooth.
Step 2: Treatment (stage 1)
If your oral health is in good condition and dental implants are an appropriate treatment option, we’ll book you in for a procedure. This step involves placing the metal root. A tiny incision is made in the gumline, followed by a small hole. Then, the implant is gently screwed into place. A local anaesthetic is used to numb any pain and of course, we’ll be happy to talk you through each step and ensure you’re comfortable at all times.
Step 3: Healing
Next, the tooth implant will need to bond with your jaw bone and your mouth will need to recover and heal. That’s because tooth implants actually involve a minimally-invasive type of oral surgery. The timescale for healing varies between patients, and we can give you a better idea of this during your consultation. However, it’s worth allowing a few months for healing to take place and to enable the tooth implant to anchor strongly.
Step 4: Treatment (stage 2)
The final part of the treatment involves placing the ceramic crown, finishing the tooth. If you’ve opted for an individual tooth implant, one tooth is replaced. But, our Tunbridge Wells dentists can also replace several missing teeth, for instance, a false tooth (or several) can be suspended between two tooth implants, or you may wish to replace an entire set of teeth, which involves placing several dental implants around the mouth.
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