This procedure is a team effort between you, your dentist and your periodontist. Your periodontist and dentist will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, the team will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.
The implant procedure can be summarised in 5 steps:
Correct diagnosis is a step that cannot be emphasized enough. We will take several x-rays, study models and sometimes a cone beam 3D scan of your jaw to determine the health of the bone and underlying tissues.
The implant is inserted under local anaesthesia, conscious sedation or in theatre. A Temporary restoration may be used in the front of your mouth to ensure a natural looking smile.
After approximately one week, the stitches are removed. The healing phase will last between six weeks and a few months, depending on the medical situation. During this time, diligent oral hygiene is vital.
After the healing is complete and the implant is integrated, an impression is taken for the crown, which is then manufactured by the dental laboratory. In areas where more than one tooth is replaced, a bridge or denture is then manufactured.
Implants require special care afterwards, and regular cleanings from an oral hygienist. Cleaning visits should be scheduled every 6 months, and on these visits the hygienist will give further instructions on cleaning. Also see our section on cleaning implants.