Getting your dental implants: what’s involved

Tooth implantDental implant treatment has continued to advance over the decades, such that more and more patients can now receive this clinically proven treatment for tooth loss.

The process starts with an initial consultation. You can make an appointment with a dentist, such as at Moor Park Dental in London, to discuss your options and start the ball rolling on your new implants and a restored smile. At this meeting your dentist will discuss what you would like to achieve from your dental implants and work on a course of treatment tailor-made for you.

Your dentist will then examine your teeth and jaw to evaluate your bone quality and density. This can include a series of x-rays or CT scans to determine the best positioning of your dental implants. Depending on the outcome of this consultation, you will be told how long your treatment will take from start to finish.

The treatment

After your consultation process it is time for your treatment to begin. Your dentist will start by opening your gums to drill a small hole into your jawbone. To avoid damage, this process is often aided by CT scanning to help map out the path your dentist needs to take as they drill into your jawbone. The drilling begins with making small holes, which are then widened with a larger drill.

Next, they will attach titanium screws, which are the basis for your implant. Once these have been inserted a period of healing must occur. This is when the screw fuses to your jawbone to enable your implant to be long-lasting and stable. This can take up to 6 months, but is fundamental to your implant being successful for many years to come.

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Once this has happened your dentist can now attach an abutment. After this, a crown or a bridge is attached to the abutment to finish your dental implant procedure and you can start to enjoy your new healthier smile.

Implant aftercare

For up to a week after your procedure, dental implant aftercare is very important. You should limit yourself to just soft foods or soups. This is to ensure you have the best chance possible of healing successfully.