Dental Implants

A typical dental implant procedure explained

If you’re considering dental implants or are getting ready for the procedure, you’re probably wondering what the procedure entails. Here is a brief overview of what a typical dental implant procedure is and what you can expect.

Dental Implants

What is a dental implant procedure?

A dental implant procedure is part of a dental procedure to replace a missing tooth. Unlike dentures, which are removable false teeth, dental implants are implanted in the jawbone in a series of minor operations. Depending on your situation, your dentist or oral surgeon will determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants and, furthermore, what type of dental implant is best for you.

Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a small titanium post that is placed in the jawbone to replace a natural tooth root. Dental implants are an excellent option for people who have lost one or more teeth due to injury, disease or decay. Over time bone grows around the implant, which helps it stay in place. An artificial tooth, or crown, is then attached to the metal to fill the gap left by the missing tooth. The crown is custom-made to match the size, shape and colour of the other teeth. Dental implants can also be used to secure a dental bridge or dentures.

What can I expect during the dental implant procedure?

The first step in the dental implant procedure is to consult with your dentist or oral surgeon. During this consultation, they will assess your candidacy for dental implants and develop a treatment plan for you, including a 3D x-ray (CBCT) at the initial consult visit. If you are a good candidate for dental implants, the next step is to have a series of minor surgeries to place the implant posts in your jawbone.

After the implants have bonded with your jawbone, you will need to return to have an abutment (connecting piece) placed on the implants. Finally, dental implants are capped with a natural-looking replacement tooth. The entire dental implant procedure can take several months to complete, but it is well worth it for the long-term results!

What happens during a dental implant procedure?

A dental implant is typically installed in stages over a few months, with a series of minor operations and tests. It is a lengthy process that will require several trips to the dentist and possibly some scans or x-rays.
• First, scans and x-rays are taken to provide the dentist with a clear picture of where to place the implant, including a 3D x-ray (CBCT) at the initial consult visit.
• In a minor operation, the dental implant is placed in the jawbone. You will usually be given an anaesthetic so that you do not feel any pain during the procedure.
• The bone around the dental implant grows over time.
• Once the implant is secure, the dentist will lay the groundwork for the new tooth or teeth.
• Later, the dentist will take a mould of the mouth to create the artificial tooth or teeth.
• Finally, the artificial tooth or teeth are screwed or cemented into the foundation.

At Muller Road Dental Care we are dedicated to the education and comfort of our patients. If you are considering dental implants, our staff will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have. Schedule an appointment today and let us help you achieve the smile that you have always wanted!