The dental implant process requires a surgical procedure that is performed at your dentist’s surgery. It is a relatively painless procedure, usually done under local anaesthesia.
Step 1: Consultation
The first step to any dental implant procedure is diagnosis and treatment planning. Your dentist will perform a thorough evaluation of general and local health conditions, anatomical structure and treatment options. Once those are established, your dentist will offer the best recommendations for you.
Step 2: Placing the Implant
Under local anaesthetic, your dentist will open the gum tissue where you are missing teeth. They will then place the implant fixture directly into the jaw bone. As this heals, the implant fixture will integrate with the bone and serve as a new root for a permanent tooth replacement.
Step 3: Healing
Depending on your personal treatment plan, the implant is sometimes left buried during the healing process. Once the implant has integrated, the gums are reshaped to fit carefully around the prospective artificial tooth.
Step 4: Abutment Placement
After the implant fixture has healed and integrated into the bone, impressions will be taken and an abutment (the component which connects the implant fixture to the crown) is chosen by your dentist. From the impressions taken, the laboratory can create a custom-made permanent restoration. It is designed and made to blend and fit well with the surrounding and adjacent teeth.
Step 5: Attaching the Prosthesis
The custom made dental prosthesis is fitted in the mouth. The crown or bridge is placed on top of the abutment and functions as if it were your original tooth.
Step 6: Aftercare
Aftercare and routine check-ups are required to ensure correct care and maintenance of the implant is being undertaken.