The implant process involves several steps that normally take place over a period of three to nine months. Although the actual treatment methods can vary a typical process normally involves:
At initial consultation alternatives will be discussed, these usually include:
- No treatment
The feasibility of providing implants will then be discussed. X-rays may be taken along with models.
A relatively simple surgical procedure that can be performed under sterile conditions in a dental surgery under local anaesthesia. If during assessment bone is judged to be deficient, a number of options are available for regeneration.
Although some implants can be loaded into function immediately or early, it is common for a period of three months or more to be allowed for the bone to fully integrate before loading. A denture or simple adhesive bridge can often be worn as a temporary measure during this healing phase.
Once the implants have fused (integrated) they may need to be uncovered and brought into function. There are a variety of possible restorations ranging from a single crown, small or large bridge, or a removable overdenture clipped to the implants.
Following completion the implants will require regular and thorough cleaning as instructed by the dentist. Regular check ups are needed to monitor the soft tissue, bone levels and integrity of the restoration.