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WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?
Dental Implants are a great way of replacing missing teeth, they work and look just like normal teeth. A Dental Implant is a titanium plug, which replaces the root of the patient’s normal tooth, which may have been damaged or extracted. The implant will then support a porcelain crown or bridge in order to fill the gaps left by the missing teeth.
Dental Implants are placed using a local anaesthetic, this is a pain free procedure although you may feel a little pressure when the Dental Implant is placed. Once the anaesthetic wears off you may have some mild discomfort, which is easily controlled with some anti-inflammatories or painkillers.
Once the Dental Implant has been placed it will takes a few months for the patient’s natural bone to integrate and fuse around the Dental Implant before it becomes a strong base/unit, which then allows for the restoration stage, i.e., crown stage. Dental Implants have three components, first is the Dental Implant itself which acts as the root of the tooth, then the implant Abutment which is attached to the Dental Implant and allows the attachment of the final implant porcelain crown. The Dental Implant crown/tooth is the only thing that the patient will see. Patients with Dental Implants will still need regular dental checkups and hygiene appointments to maintain the patient’s oral health the same as with the patient’s natural teeth.
Dental Implant Process
all steps from A to Z.
CT Scan: for an accurate placement of the implant, in order to ensure that there is enough bone density and no vital structures such as nerves and vessels are damaged, a 3D CT scan is requested for the consultation stage.
Consultation and treatment plan: after a thorough examination of the patient and the patient’s CT scan, a personalized treatment plan with time scales and total cost of the treatment will be outlined, explained and given to the patient.
Implant placement: Dental Implants are placed using a local anaesthetic, this is a pain free procedure although you may feel a little pressure when the Dental Implant is placed. Once the anaesthetic wears off you may have some mild discomfort, which is easily controlled with some painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
Dental Implant Impressions: 2 or 3 months after the implant is placed, and once the bone has fused with the implant a mold needs to be taken in order for the laboratory to make the final implant porcelain crown/bridge. At this stage the shade and the bite registration will be taken as well
Fit of implant porcelain crown: At this stage the abutment is screwed to the implant and the implant porcelain crown is cemented to the abutment. Sometimes the abutment and the implant crown are just one piece, which in this case it is simply screwed to the dental implant.
Hygiene and maintenance: the longevity of the implant depends mostly on the aftercare provided by the patient. A good hygiene is essential utilizing electric or manual toothbrush, such as dental floss or TEPE interdental brushes. It is also recommended that patients see the hygienist every 6 months.