If you’re considering dental implants or your dentist has recommended you undergo the procedure, it can be a little daunting if you’re not quite sure what’s involved. That’s why at LN Dental Clinic, we’ve broken down the steps of what you can expect during the implant process. Read our latest article to better understand the procedure.
Firstly, the dentist will do a comprehensive examination by taking a 3D digital marker and scanning your mouth. This is how your dentist can accurately determine your jawbone condition and come up with the appropriate treatment plan.
During this period, you need to inform your doctor if you are treating other illnesses, are using any medications, or if you are allergic to any medicines.
Infectious diseases such as gingivitis, periodontal disease, etc. will then be identified in order to eliminate risk factors that may affect implantation success.
If the implant area still has the damaged tooth/teeth or a severe infection, your doctor will treat the issue before implantation. However, in some cases, it is possible to extract teeth and insert the implant immediately – all in the one appointment.
To reduce pain, your dentist will discuss your anesthesia options. Tooth extraction takes place very quickly, so you do not need to be too concerned about the length of time.
Implants and Bone Grafts
If the patient has an inadequate bone and low jawbone density, it may be necessary to perform other procedures to restructure the bone as well as increase bone volume to create a solid foundation for the implant.
If necessary, you may be required to undergo one of the common procedures below:
- Increasing bone volume: This process involves recovering or regenerating bone volume to keep the implant. Research has demonstrated that using bone enhancers or growth factors to strengthen bones will deliver the best results.
- Sinus lifting: This surgical procedure aims to increase bone volume underneath the sinus and increase bone volume vertically in order to hold the implant.
Marking – Restoration
At this point, your dentist will assess the stability and healing of the implant. If it is recovering well, the doctor will place a healing cap on the implant. Expect this entire process to take 1- 4 weeks.
Next, the dentist will take an impression of the implants and abutment and send it to the lab to begin creating the crown for you.
Finally, you’ll receive your dentures. They are designed just for you, and are completely functional. With your new dentures, you’ll be able to chew as normal and they’ll also suit you aesthetically.
Things you need to know
- Your jawbone needs to be regenerated and developed during dental implants, so the process may be time-consuming. You’ll also need to have a heightened sense of oral hygiene and care.
- If the tooth has been removed, you will have to wait until the healing period is over before adding the dental implant. However, if your conditions have allowed the implant simultaneously, the doctor will provide an immediate temporary restoration. This will need to be carefully evaluated based on clinical examinations and 3D CT films.
Post-procedure (after surgery)
- It is important that you keep good hygiene habits to protect the gum tissue and the newly implanted area. Remember to continue brushing your teeth twice a day.
- It is natural to have a little bit of discomfort after surgery. You may see some bruises on the gums, swelling around the gums and face, slight bleeding, and pain at the implant site.
- Your diet should consist of soft food after surgery.
- Use an ice bag to help reduce swelling.
- Keep away from tobacco as it could cause an infection.
Contact the friendly team at LN Dental
Before undertaking any dental work, you want to ensure that you’re choosing a reputable and professional healthcare provider. Rest assured that when you work with LN Dental, you’ll receive the very best dentistry service. Our team of experienced dentists are ready to assist you with the best restorative solution for your situation. To get in touch and find out more details about our services, please contact us at (02) 9644 1499 or book an appointment today.
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