What does the treatment involve?
The initial consultation involves an appointment with your dentist to discuss suitability for implants and what the best option is for you.
This may involve x-rays and CT scans to aid planning. Planning will also commence for your new dentures.
Placement of your dental implants is performed by your dentist or surgeon. Healing time for implants may take three to six months depending on the type of surgery. During this time, we will help make you as comfortable as possible. Don’t worry, you’ll go home with your dentures in.
The final step
Your new dentures will be constructed and secured firmly in place with your new implants.
Frequently asked questions
Why would I consider permanent dentures on implants?
There are a number of benefits to choosing permanent dentures on implants. One of the major benefits of the treatment is the fact that this type of denture actually helps to preserve jaw bone and prevents further deterioration of the facial structure over time. Permanent dentures are also very aesthetically pleasing, and are a natural-looking solution to missing teeth. Overall, you can expect to enjoy a better quality of life once you have replaced your missing teeth as you will regain full oral function.
What does bone grafting involve?
In some cases, bone grafting is required before implant surgery can begin. When there is insufficient jawbone, or the bone is too soft, bone grafting may be recommended to ensure that a dental implant can be properly supported. If your dentist recommends a bone graft, tissue may be taken from natural bone in your body, or a synthetic material may be used, depending on the case. If only minor bone grafting is required, the procedure may be performed at the same time as your implant surgery. Sometimes, however, it can take a few months for the transported bone to grow enough to support an implant. Your dentist will explain which type of grafting process is best for you and let you know what to expect in terms of a treatment timeline.
How is an implant placed?
During dental implant surgery, your dentist will make a small incision in your gum in order to expose the underlying bone. Tiny holes are drilled into the jawbone into which the implant posts are placed. These implant posts, which are made from titanium, serve as the root of the replacement tooth. A temporary denture will be provided at this point while you wait for the implant to fuse with the jaw bone. This process, known as osseointegration, can take up to a few months.
What can I expect after implant surgery?
Although implant surgery itself is not painful, you may experience some uncomfortable side effects following the procedure. Some of the most common side effects include swelling of the gums and face, minor bleeding in the mouth, pain at the site of your implant, and bruising of the gums and facial skin. Your dentist will prescribe pain medications to help manage any discomfort that you feel, and antibiotics may be recommended in order to avoid infection. Any discomfort should resolve within a few days following surgery, but if you are concerned about swelling or pain that does not subside over time, we encourage you to get in touch with us.
What should I eat after implant surgery?
We recommend that you eat a soft diet while your site of surgery heals. Avoid any foods that are too hot or difficult to chew as these can cause irritation and pain. Some good options include lukewarm broths and soups, mashed fruits, soft steamed vegetable, natural yoghurt, smoothies and pudding.