Understanding The Dental Implant Procedure

As part of modern dentistry, dental implants are the new natural replacement for missing teeth. Whether you have one or multiple missing teeth, dental implants are an ideal solution to deliver that missing natural smile.

So, how does it work? An implant is infused into the jawbone as a titanium screw, with a crown being placed on the abutment. Compared to dentures, it’s a workable replacement. There are also many other benefits you can enjoy such too. Implants are lightweight, durable and stable for long-term results. There’s also no negative impact on your mouth functioning, meaning you can continue to use your mouth to talk, bite and chew with zero discomforts.

If you’re wondering how a dental implant procedure is performed, read on. We break down the step by step process of a typical dental implant procedure at Ashwood Dental.

Placing the screw and crown for the dental implant

The Pre-Check Oral Health Examination

The periodontist will first carry out is an oral examination to determine the condition of your bone and to ensure there’s enough bone density and strength for the implant to remain firm and strong in the mouth. As part of the check, the periodontist seeks a missing tooth or a missing set of teeth to ensure you’re adopting good oral hygiene habits and that your overall health is in good shape. Should the examination indicate your mouth is strong enough for an implant, the periodontistwill explain the next steps, such as the implant procedure and aftercare.

Position And Place The Dental Implant

The periodontist will first clean the affected area. This includes removing any debris or remains of teeth to leave a gap. When clear, a hole is formed into the bone to the correct size for the implant to safely fit. The bone is susceptible to overheating and, therefore, the periodontist will perform the drilling of the hole in slow periods to fit the titanium screw, infused into your jawbone. Once this is fitted, healing will begin.

Fitting The Abutment

The abutment is the final part of the procedure. The abutment is a piece that connects the implant screw so the artificial crown can be attached. The abutment is attached to the screw and the gum tissue is closed around the abutment to heal itself.

Placing The Crown On Top

Finally, upon completing the abutment, the final stage is to heal and then place the permanent crown on top of the abutment. Once your gums are healed, the crown is either cemented or screwed into the abutment. Usually, cementing in place is the best option.

A fitted implant patient

The implant procedure happens over multiple appointments. Consult us so we can set a timeline for you to get your implant fitted. If you’ve recently had implant treatment and are seeking aftercare tips for fast healing, we have you covered right here.

Ashwood Dental are ready and willing to restore your smile with Implant treatment. Contact us now for an appointment and let our experienced periodontal team take care of you.