Implant treatment step by step:
Implant treatment can be immediate or take several months depending on your situation.
Following are the basic phases and steps of treatment.
Pre surgical phase:
- Your mouth is examined thoroughly, and x rays of your head, jaw, and teeth may be taken.Today many dentist use a CT scan which provides the dentist with a 3-D look at the site where the implant will be placed.This can help the dentist to plan where the implant will be placed into your bone with great precision.
- Impressions of your teeth are made.
- Occasionally, blood tests as well as a medical examination may be required prior to implant placement to determine your overall health status and predict the success of treatment.
- This can be done with a local anaesthetic. An incision is made in the gum, the implant is placed, and the gum tissue is stitched back into place.
- Following surgery, you'll probably experience some swelling and discolouration of the gums as well as some discomfort, which can be relieved with medication.Within few days, the gum should return to normal.To allow the implants to heal properly, a soft diet is recommended for 4-6 weeks.
- The second stage is usually performed 2-6 months in which dentist make an incision in gums to expose the implants, and connects the abutments to implants.
- The gums are stitched into place and a temporary restoration placed on the abutment.
- Impressions may be made so that the dentist knows where to position your new teeth.
Post surgical phase:
- About a month later, your new teeth are fitted.
- Several checkups are scheduled during the following year so your dentist can ensure that your implants are functioning properly. After that, you'll need regular maintenance checkups. Followup x rays are taken regularly.