If you are missing multiple teeth, then multiple dental implants are an excellent long-term avenue of action. Whether from trauma, decay, or some other reason, you might be a candidate for multiple dental implants – a contemporary and permanent solution.
A dental implant is at its core a titanium screw that mimics the natural root of a tooth. There are multiple parts to the implant process.
INITIAL CONSULT: During the consultation, the patient will be examined to assess if they are an appropriate candidate for implants. The health of their teeth, jawbone structure and medical history will all be considered.
SECOND CONSULTATION: During the second consultation dental x-rays will be taken and the procedure planned with the patient and the dentist. This is an excellent time to ask your dentist questions and gain as much information as possible prior to moving forward.
SURGERY: On the surgery day, under local anaesthetic (and sedation if desired prior to appointment) a small incision is made into the gum area after it is cleared (clearing the area may involve removal or extraction of one or multiple teeth that are affected by decay trauma or some other reasons leaving them at risk). The implant is then inserted into your jawbone. The implant is then either left to fuse with the jaw bone for several months before it is permanently crowned; or in other cases, your new (but temporary) tooth in the form of a crown can be placed on the same day. Following your procedure, there may be a degree of discomfort and swelling for several days. We will provide you with full aftercare advice and you may call us at any time so we can offer reassurance and advice following your procedure.
IMPLANT PLACED: Once the implant has fused with the jawbone (this can take anywhere from three to six months) the final restoration of the tooth can occur. This may be in the form of a crown or a dental bridge.
When the dental implant is fully finished, it will feel completely natural, as if you had never lost a tooth! They are a strong and durable option giving you unparalleled strength and stability to eat what you want. As implants are similar to natural teeth, if they are looked after they should last for many years.
Following the process, as with natural teeth, implants need to be looked after with good dental hygiene. Regular check-ups are key so as to prolong their life. We suggest you make an annual appointment to check the quality of your bone and gum area around the implant area.