How is an implant fitted?
At Parkdale Dental & Implant Clinic we take advantage of new technology and our
extensive dental expertise to give you the highest standards of care, with
skills in delivering advanced implant placement, especially useful for more
complex implant cases.
We have introduced two new procedures recently for this reason:
CT Scanning for Diagnosis – We
can arrange for CT scans to be performed during the diagnostic treatment
planning stage to give a clear 3D picture of the jaw anatomy in a patient,
invaluable where more than one implant is being placed or where bone levels are
unclear from initial x-rays.
Guided Surgery – This
form of ‘virtual dentistry’ enables dentists to diagnose and plan treatment
schedules that start with the initial consultation stage right through to the
actual procedure. Following a CT scan it is possible for the image to be
converted to a highly realistic 3D representation of the patient’s jaw which
can be explored from all angles. The dentist can also place ‘virtual’ implants
which enable him to check the positioning and make adjustments if necessary.
Assessment: Every treatment
begins with an assessment from you local Parkdale Dental & Implant Clinic
dentist who will be performing your implant treatment. They will discuss all
the options with you, make an assessment of the best solution for you, and
ensure you understand every step of your treatment. You will have an x-ray and,
in some cases, a CT scan to help visualise your jaw, ensure your gums are
healthy and that there is enough jaw bone to place the implant.
The treatment: This is when
the implant is placed into your jaw. It’s a straightforward process which can
be completed under local anaesthetic. If you are particularly nervous or have a
dental phobia, your dentist will make sure you feel absolutely comfortable with
the treatment, and can provide sedation if needed.
implants will need three to six months to heal and integrate with your jaw bone
to provide a solid support for the crown or bridge.
on your treatment and your dentist’s diagnosis, a temporary crown can be fitted
at the same time as your initial appointment.
Same day teeth is a modern
procedure which enables you to walk out of the clinic with brand new teeth in
just one day. These will stay in place until the final restoration appointment.
your jaw has healed, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth. This
enables a dental technician to build your bespoke crown or bridge, which will
be colour matched to blend seamlessly with your other teeth.
Restoration: It may be
necessary to have a separate appointment between six weeks and six months after
your initial treatment, to allow the implant to fully integrate. This ensures
that your jaw has completely healed before the crown or bridge is permanently
Your smile is now complete.
How do I look after my implant?
As with natural teeth, good oral hygiene is important for preventing gum disease and prolonging the life of your implants. You do not need to remove the teeth fitted to your implants, but clean them as you would your natural teeth. A high standard of daily care, along with regular check-ups with your local Parkdale Dental & Implant Clinic dentist and hygienist, will help to ensure your mouth stays healthy and your implants last as long as possible.
Contact Parkdale Dental & Implant Clinic today to find out more about dental implants and how they could work for you.