So, you think you need Implants, what now?
So, you think you need an implant, what now?
The best way to determine if you are a candidate for implants is to complete a 3D Scan or Dental Tomography. This type of x-ray gives the most accurate information to complete a treatment plan and estimate. It shows the dental team whether there is enough height and width in the jaw bone for implants, and it shows the dental team exactly how many stages are required for treatment.
Implants are completed in stages, usually they can be completed in two stages, however sometimes it will take three stages depending on the depth/width of the bone in the jaw and the sinus cavity.
If all is in good order the first stage is the placement of the implant; the dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone, it can include bone grafting (if required) and usually takes approximately an hour to perform. Once the implant has been placed the area immediately around the implant may be tender for a few days, during this time we recommend a diet of soft foods, warm soups and lots of liquids, you should not eat anything crunchy or hard during this initial healing process.
The bone around the implant heals in a process called osteointegration, which means the implant and your natural bone bond together creating a strong and stable foundation for your future crown to be placed. This is what makes the implant so strong, your natural bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. This healing process usually takes 4 to 6 months, during this time the dentist will make a temporary crown, or bridge, to wear throughout the healing process.
Once the healing process has been completed it is time for the final stage of the restoration which is the placement of permanent dental crown. The crown is custom made in a dental lab with impressions taken by the dentist to create the new crown which then matches the natural teeth surrounding it and completes the dental implant restoration process.
If you would like a complimentary consultation to determine if you are a candidate for Dental Implants, contact our International Patient Coordinator at email@example.com or call us at 305 280 2272.
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