Step by Step, The Implant Procedure
Do you wish to get dental implants in Perth but are not sure about the implant procedure? Here’s your step-by-step guide to the procedure. Let’s begin with the basics!
What are dental implants? Are they right for me?
Dental implants are nothing but replacements for the roots of missing or damaged teeth. The “roots” are posts made of titanium that support the artificial teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. You may need dental implants if you have lost a tooth or teeth and bridges or dentures aren’t working for you. Implants are also a safe option that helps maintain the health of your jawbone while supporting your facial structure, which improves your appearance. They also allow you to enjoy all your favorite foods without chewing problems.
The step-by-step breakdown of the process
The first step in getting implants is consulting the right specialist – a clinician who is trained in restorative dental surgery. Once you find the right clinician, they will then curate a personalized treatment plan for you based on your specific needs. Following are the steps involved:
- Oral exam: a surgeon will examine the site where you need an implant and look at your dental x-rays/scans.
- Jawbone check: the quality and quantity of your jawbone is checked to decide if you have sufficient and healthy bone or if you need more.
- Surgery – step 1: damaged teeth are extracted.
- Surgery – step 2: an “alveolar bone graft” is placed to create a solid base for the implant. The graft will be allowed to heal for two to six months. Where natural bone is missing, an “onlay bone graft” is used which requires a longer healing time.
- Surgery – step 3: Once a sufficient and strong bone base is ready, the implant (titanium screw) is placed with a dental drill and other tools. A “healing cap” is placed over the post and the gum is stitched.
- Healing: the next step is the healing of the implant, which could take a few months. The implant integrates with the bone during this time, and you must avoid putting any stress or pressure on the implant in this phase.
- Follow-ups: appointments will be scheduled for follow-ups to check the surgical site to make sure it isn’t infected and is healing well.
- Test: after the healing period, the implant is tested to ensure it has been successfully taken up by the surrounding bone. Once this is confirmed, an “abutment” is added to the post which helps support the replacement tooth.
- The crown: the clinician will capture an impression of the abutment in a mold to make the “crown”, that is your replacement tooth, which is custom-made for a precise fit for you.
- The tooth: once the crown is ready, it will be added to the abutment with a screw or be cemented onto it with dental cement.
You are now free to indulge in your lifestyle once again!