Dental Implant Placement
Here at Sheen Dental, when you undergo treatment for dental implants in Richmond, you’ll find that the process is carried out not by one dentist but by a whole team of people. Skilled technicians such as a periodontist will oversee and co-ordinate the whole procedure, an implantologist or dental surgeon will perform the implant surgery and a prosthodontist will make those all-important prosthetic crowns to complete the look. The most important stage of the process is undoubtedly the implant placement itself, so how does this work? Let’s explain…
Although some implants can be placed using just one stage, most implants use a two-stage process. It’s this process that we’re going to talk about first.
Firstly the implantologist makes a small incision into your gum exposing the jaw bone. A small hole is then drilled and a titanium screw like rod is fastened down into the bone. Once the surgeon is happy with the placement the gum is sutured back over the implant. In the majority of cases a skilled surgeon can place an implant in less than one hour, so images of spending hours and hours in the dentist’s chair are unfounded, unless whole areas are being replaced.
If an implant is placed in the visible part of your mouth eg the front, then don’t worry your surgeon won’t leave you without teeth and will supply you with a temporary bridge or denture. This will be discussed at the consultation stage of the process prior to the surgery. After 7-10 days you’ll return to the clinic where the stitches are removed and the wound examined.
The waiting time is one of the most crucial parts of the healing process for the dental implant. In Richmond, here at Sheen Dental we tell people to allow 3-6 months in the upper jaw and 2-4 months in the lower. This is so that the bone tissue has sufficient time to merge and fuse with the implant. This is a process known as osseointegration. During this time the implant itself remains hidden underneath the gum.
The Prosthetic tooth
Finally when the dentist feels that bone fusion is complete they will make a tiny cut in the gum line to expose the implant again. This time a small ball like abutment is placed on the titanium post to maintain the space so that the gum can heal properly around the implant. After the gum has had sufficient time to heal around the implant (usually 2-3 weeks more) another visit is required to start the exciting process of having your final prosthetic crown made, ready for final fitting.
Some clinics are using one-stage implants whereby the implant is inserted into the jaw and remains exposed in the mouth so no further surgery is required.
If you want to know more about the process of dental implants in Richmond then contact Sheen Dental today on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk