The Implant Process
Making The Implant Process Transparent
Dental implantation is an invasive procedure which is why lots of people like to fully understand what it involves before going ahead. Because of this, we want to offer our patients as much information as possible about the procedure to ensure complete transparency and to enable patients to make an educated and informed decision.
When you come in and see us about dental implants we will provide you with an extensive consultation. During this consultation we will discuss the procedure with you, address any concerns or worries and answer any questions you might have. We are also happy to discuss the associated costs and payment plants during this consultation as well. During your initial consultation we will also assess your suitability for this procedure and this will involve us taking X-rays and performing an oral examination. You may also have to have a CT scan to assess your jawbone, looking in more detail at the height, width and strength as well as the nerves and sinuses. Performing a detailed consultation enables us to provide you with lots of information, understand your concerns and needs and create an individual dental implant plan to suit your individual needs.
In the early stages of your treatment plan we will create a precise model of the area of your mouth where the implant will be going. This is called a template and enables us to make sure the implant will be placed exactly where it is needed.
Augmentation or Bone Grafts
Sometimes a patient may have suffered bone loss because of tooth loss, which can vary in extent depending on the patient. If this is the case, we are able to offer various techniques to help reverse this bone loss so allowing the implant treatment is then able to progress.
Dental Implant Placement
The placement of a dental implant involves preparing the jawbone and then placing the implants properly. This provides the patient with a strong, replacement tooth root which will then support a false tooth or crown. During dental implant placement you will not feel any pain because we always use a local anaesthetic to completely numb the area. For particularly anxious patients IV inhalation or oral sedation is an option.
After The Procedure
After the procedure your jawbone will need to naturally bond with the titanium dental implants and this can take between 3-6 months. During this time we will perform a minor dental procedure to expose the top part of the implant. This will enable the gum to settle before the final stage of the treatment.
The Final Stage Of The Treatment
Once the implants have been exposed and the jaw has bonded with the titanium dental implants, we will be able to attach the crowns or replacement teeth to them.
These replacement teeth are created in a laboratory and can are designed to suit the needs of each individual patient. It may be that you need one individual crown or a full new arch and by using the latest technology we ensure that you are left with the most natural looking and feeling teeth at the end of the process.
Once the final stage of the treatment is complete, you will then be able to maintain your implants following our aftercare advice and by coming in for follow up appointments and check-ups. When cared for properly, dental implants can last you a lifetime.
Talk To Kent Smile Studio About Dental Implants
If you are considering dental implants as an efficient, cost-effective form of tooth replacement, please give us a call on Maidstone: 01622 754662 or Chatham: 01634 683123 and we will be more than happy to get you booked in for a consultation.