What’s involved with Dental Implant Procedures?
The first step is an examination and consultation with us to determine whether or not you are a candidate for implant treatment. This usually involves x-rays and may include taking impressions for models of your teeth. If you have already lost a significant amount of bone, a low dose Cone Beam CT scan can be done at this practice. During the examination, we will be evaluating the area(s) of your mouth where teeth are missing, including the amount of bone available to support the placement of implants. We will also be evaluating the type of replacement teeth that will best meet your needs. A review of your health history will indicate whether there are any medical conditions that could prevent you from being a candidate for implant treatment.
Implant Placement Procedure.
The implants are placed in the bone using a gentle surgical technique. Following the implant placement procedure, the implants are left undisturbed for a period of 3 to 9 months so that the bone can grow around the implants to form a strong biological bond to them. During this bone maturation phase, you will have some type of temporary replacement teeth, so that you never have to be without teeth during treatment.
Abutment Attachment Procedure:
Following the appropriate healing period, a small post called an abutment is attached to each implant. The permanent replacement teeth will eventually be attached to these abutments.
Fabrication of Replacement Teeth:
A series of appointments with us will be needed to take impressions of your teeth and the implant abutments; place temporary replacement teeth; select the appropriate colour match for your replacement teeth and try them for proper fit. In between these appointments, the laboratory technician will fabricate your replacement teeth and the underlying structures that will be attached to the implants