What to Expect From Dental Implant Surgery?
Surgery is necessary if you want to have dental implants. In Richmond, for example, Sheen Dental have been carrying out dental implants for many years and as a result have a multitude of happy clients all of whom had to undergo the processes of surgery in order to get their perfect set of teeth. However for many, just the very thought of the word ‘surgery’ has them breaking out into a cold sweat.
The thing is that by understanding the whole process of how it works from the initial consultation right through to the end result, you won’t feel so anxious as you know what to expect. With this in mind, let’s take a look at just what those expectations should be.
Taking several steps
The first thing your oral surgeon will tell you is that regular dental implant surgery is never completed in one hit. In fact the whole process can take 3-9 months, over several sittings. A good deal of this time is utilised waiting for the osseointegration process to take place. This is the process in which the regenerated bone grows around the implant to give it more stability and strength.
Before you even see an implant your surgeon will give you an examination. This is to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy and that there is sufficient bone upon which to fasten the implant into. This is important because if the gums and bone are weak, then a bone graft may need to take place prior to implant surgery.
A bone graft is a procedure where fragments of bone are either extracted from the healthy part of the jaw (if possible) or somewhere else on the body. If the bone is taken outside of the mouth area, then you will need to make an appointment with a clinical surgeon as your dental surgeon can’t operate beyond the area of the mouth. The other way of getting healthy bone is from a bone bank. The bone is then transplanted onto the area in question. Once this is done then it’s a waiting game until the new bone has regenerated sufficiently to take the implant.
Assuming that a bone graft is not needed and your gums and bone are healthy then you can move on to stage two of the process.
The implant itself
This can be quite a complex procedure where a titanium screw-like rod is anchored into the jaw-bone, via a small incision in the gum lining. Once the implant is in place, the area is stitched up. Surgery can take around 2 hours, but this is highly dependent upon how many implants you require. During the surgery process most clinics prefer to use modern conscious sedation techniques. This is especially good for nervous patients because they are awake and able to respond to the dentist but won’t feel any pain because they are under sedation. After phase one is complete then it’s a waiting game whilst osseointegration occurs.
Assuming that osseointegration has been successful, the next stage is to fit the abutment. This is a small cap that the crown or prosthetic tooth sits upon. Again this may take a while to heal.
The final stage of the process is to fit the crown. This is the actual ‘tooth’ part and is attached using a strong adhesive. This is the part of the process that makes it seem all worthwhile. It’s also the part that will give you back your smile, and your self-confidence.
If you want to find out more about how the process works, then give Sheen Dental a call on 020 8876 5277. We are your number one specialist for dental implants in Richmond and our skilled team are standing by to help. Alternatively, why not visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk