Considering a dental implant? If you have loose or missing teeth, or a denture you simply struggle to tolerate, the chances are you’ve considered dental implants. If you are considering implants or your dentist has recommended implant treatment, there is a good chance you are considering the steps involved.
We have created a quick and easy guide to the steps involved in dental implant placement here at Unidental:
- Initial Consultation
The first step is to attend for a consultation. At your consultation, you will meet with your dedicated treatment coordinator who will take the time to discuss your concerns. Your treatment coordinator will take a series of clinical photographs, and will escort you into your appointment with one of our expert implant dentists. During this appointment, your dentist will do a comprehensive dental exam, assessing the health of your mouth, gums and jaws. Your dentist will assess your suitability for a dental implant. Suitable candidates for dental implants have the following attributes:
- Missing one or more teeth
- Damaged tooth
- Good oral hygiene
- Sufficient bone in the jaw to support implants
- Overall decent physical health
If for any reason, you are deemed unsuitable for a dental implant, the team will discuss the next steps, and any treatment required prior to beginning your dental implant procedure.
A detailed CBT (3D) scan is taken of your mouth and jaws, allowing us to plan your case to perfection.
Your dentist and coordinator will talk to you about the recommended treatment plan, going over the steps of the procedure, the time-frame for treatment, and what to do during recovery. We also discuss whether or not you need a bone graft. Finance options will be discussed in detail, and you will be given plenty of information to take away and consider. Your treatment plan is designed and tailored with you in mind, and each plan is different according to the patient’s individual needs.
To plan your case with such remarkable precision, we need to gather vital information.
At your planning appointment, we will take photographs, scans and a CBT (3D) radiograph. With specialised software, we transform these details into a virtual image of your teeth, gums and jaws. We can now accurately place your implant on screen, avoiding adjacent teeth and important nerves.
Your unique digital plan is manipulated to provide your dentist with a surgical guide. This rests in your mouth, providing us with the perfect platform to deliver your implant(s) in the ideal position.
3. First phase of treatment
The first phase of treatment involves the removal of any teeth which are being replaced with dental implants. Our clinicians will provide you with a temporary replacement solution (temporary denture or temporary bridge) to wear whilst you undertake the remainder of your treatment (where necessary). Most importantly – if you are missing a front tooth, you won’t be left with a gap!
If a bone graft is required, this will be delivered at this appointment. Following a bone graft procedure, you can require up to 9 months of healing time before your jaw is ready for the first implant.
4. Implant Placement
The next phase of treatment is your implant placement. The dental implant is made of titanium and is gently placed in your jaw bone. This procedure usually takes 1-2 hours. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic, ensuring you are comfortable throughout. For more anxious patients, we offer dental sedation to keep you calm and relaxed during your appointment.
Once your implant has been placed, your implant dentist will place a healing cap to protect your implant. If your implant is replacing a visible tooth – you will be provided with a temporary implant crown or bridge so you are not left with a gap.
After you’ve had the implant placed, it is important to allow time for the site to heal, and your implant to integrate with your jaw bone. This process usually takes up to 3 months.
5. Implant Uncover
Once your tissues have healed, we remove your healing cap or temporary crown/bridge and take a series of impressions to create your permanent abutment (the attachment that connects your implant to the crown) and permanent crown/bridge. Your impressions are sent to a specialised laboratory where your final implant work is created, bespoke for you. This is a quick, pain-free appointment. You can expect to spend around 30 minutes at your appointment, and no local anaesthetic is required.
6. Final Fitting
3 weeks later – Unidental receives your final implant crown from the laboratory, and it is ready to be fitted. Again, no local anaesthetic is required. Your dentist gently removes your healing cap/temporary crown, and places your final implant crown. Treatment is complete and you walk away with a new smile.
Once your implant has been placed, routine maintenance is extremely important. We take this very seriously at Unidental, and our team will take the time to explain what is required. Strict oral hygiene is crucial to the long-term success of your implant, and we will take every step to assist you. You will be offered opportunity to join our enhanced care plan – which entitles you to 2 x dental health examinations, and 4 x hygiene appointments per year. Plan members also benefit from an additional 10% off any required treatment in the future.
As a minimum, we recommend that all implant patients attend for an annual implant screening appointment, to check the health of the implant and the surrounding tissues. The majority of our implants are successful and without issue, but should a problem arise, success rates are much higher when caught early.
Undertaking dental implant treatment is a big decision. It is not a quick-fix treatment, and the planning and procedure can take several months. It is important to remember that if cared for correctly, implants can last for many, many years (in some cases, a lifetime). Implants are the closest replica to your natural teeth, bringing back your smile, allowing you to chew properly, and restoring your confidence.
At Unidental, we offer dental implants for as little as £1730.00 (£36.33/month). To book a complimentary implant consultation for you or a loved one, telephone our team of experts on 0161 480 8040.