Step by step guide to implant placement
A Dental Implant is a long-term fixed solution for replacing missing teeth. A titanium screw is gently and precisely positioned into the jaw bone by our skilled implant team. The implant can be used to anchor a single crown, bridges to replace multiple teeth or even full arch reconstruction. Dental implants can offer a simple solution to help retain loose denture and improve your quality of life.
Our clinicians will always try to save your natural tooth. However this might not always be possible. In which case in may need to be removed. Options will always be provided and below is further information on dental implants in case these are right for you.
At Broad Street Dental Surgery we use the Straumann Dental Implant system.
Straumann Dental Implants can be used to restore single teeth, multiple teeth, full arch and even help to retain that loose denture. These implants are the closest thing to natural teeth that are available today, they are incredibly strong
which means that you can bite and
chew with an implant just as well as
with natural teeth. They are
long-lasting and allow you to live
as if you had all of your natural
Implants are also very versatile,
and a combination of one or
more implants can be used to
restore anyone’s smile to brilliance.
Step 1: Diagnosis and decision-making-
After gathering information via oral X-rays, CBCT scanning and Study models the dentist assesses the treatment options available to you.
The advantages and disadvantages of the various solutions are openly discussed so that you are well-informed on every aspect of the procedure before making a decision.
Sufficient bone must be present in order for dental implants. There are patients who have insufficient bone and may require bone grafting, for example if a tooth has been missing for a long time and the jaw has already receded.
Step 2: Implantation – the implant is anchored in your jaw
Your dentist creates a suitable “bed” in the jaw bone, and the implant is then gently and with precision placed into the jaw bone.
A healing phase of between 6 to 8 weeks is expected as the bone heals around the implant. This is called osseointegration. Each case is individual and you will be advised about this at the planning stage.
After approximately one week, stitches are removed. Excellent oral hygiene is vital for successful healing.
Depending on the individual case, a temporary restoration may be placed on the implant during the healing stage.
This allows you to enjoy a natural looking smile early on in the process.
Step 4: Your new teeth are produced at the dental lab
As your implant integrates itself to the bone during the healing phase, your dentist and his laboratory partners proceed to create your final restoration. This will then be inserted once the healing phase is complete.
Step 5: Placement of the final restoration
Your final restoration is connected to the implant, leaving you free to smile, bite and chew like before.
Implants can be for a lifetime with the right aftercare and Straumann implants can be an excellent option and investment in your health.
Dental hygiene and implants
After having an implant placed it is so important that you look after it as you would your other teeth. Implants are the closest alternative to natural teeth but they can suffer the same problems as teeth like gum disease and fracture. You must follow a good oral hygiene regime. Our hygienists at the practice can advise you on the best ways for you. Rest assured dental implants have one of the best success rates in dentistry if you look after your mouth.