Tell me about dental implants
Dental implants in Grantham are a popular solution for replacing missing or damaged teeth. Their popularity seems to increase in our community as more patients grow to understand what they are and how they work. The process of having a dental implant fitted often involves several steps, and it can take several months to complete. It’s possible that when properly cared for, dental implants in Grantham can last up to a lifetime, making them a durable and effective option for missing teeth.
Of course, the process of having Grantham dental implants fitted can differ from patient to patient because each individual has their own needs. With this in mind it is important to recognise that dental implants may not be the most recommendable course for every patient, and therefore a consultation with one of our qualified dentists is imperative when deciding on treatment options.
What can I expect the process of installing implants to look like?
As stated above, it will differ from patient to patient, but we are delighted to provide the general outline below.
The first step in getting a dental implant is to book a consultation with your dentist. During the consultation, we will examine your mouth, take x-rays, and discuss your medical and dental history to determine if dental implants are a suitable option for you. Once this has been determined, a personal treatment plan will be developed by your dentist and tailored to your specific needs. This plan will include details such as the number of implants needed, the type of implant, and location of where the implant will be placed
Following this, we will prepare the implant site. It is quite common for this to take place at a separate appointment. This preparation involves removing any remaining tooth or teeth, if necessary. In addition to preparing the site, we may utilise this as an opportunity to once again assess the surrounding gums and teeth before moving forward with treatment.
Next, we put the implant in place, this is often done under local anaesthetic to help promote your comfort throughout the procedure. Your dentist will make a small incision in your gum and then drill a hole into your jawbone where the implanted screw will be placed. Once this is in place, the gum is stitched closed over the implant. When the screw or screws have been implanted, you can expect to have a break from seeing us for a little while, this is because the implanted screw is the left to heal and bond with the bone, a process known as osseointegration.
The final step in the process is the placement of the abutment and crown. Once the implanted titanium screw has fully fused with the jawbone, we can attach an abutment to the implant. The abutment connects the implanted titanium screw and the crown or denture (which is adhered to the abutment). Once the abutment is in place and your tailor made prosthetic is ready, the crown or denture will be attached to the abutment, completing the treatment process.
If you wish to find out more about dental implants in Grantham, or you have a question relating to your personal dental needs, please do make contact with us at the dental health and implant centre.