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Dental Implant treatment normally occurs in the following stages:


  • Stage 1: Consultation and treatment planning
    If considering dental implants as a treatment option you will need to have a thorough clinical examination and also have x-rays taken to assess the other teeth in your mouth and the quality of the bone in the jaw where the implants are to be placed. Sometimes specialised CT-scans are required to provide a very accurate image of the area where the implants are to be placed. If there is not enough bone or it is not healthy enough then sometimes grafting bone into the area is required first.

  • Stage 2: Placement of Dental Implants The dental implants are precisely and gently placed into healthy bone. This procedure can be performed under local anaesthesia or with additional intravenous sedation if required. If there is insufficient bone available to fully accommodate the implant a bone augmentation procedure is sometimes required so as to cover up the implant and help integrate with the jawbone.

  • The dental implants are then allowed to heal under the gum for three to six months. During this period the dental implant is not loaded or put under any direct stress. This enables the bone to attach to the implant, a process known as osseointegration.

Phase 2:

  • Stage 1: Exposure of dental implants and attachment of abutment

Following the appropriate healing period the dental implants will be exposed and the abutment (post) attached to the implant. The implant can be used as the foundation for the new tooth. The impressions for the construction of the crown, bridge or denture can be taken now.

  • Stage 2: Construction of a crown/bridge or denture according to your specific treatment plan.

Treatment involving both dental implant and restorative phases can be accomplished in as little as 8 weeks up to 6 – 9 months.
There is generally minimal discomfort associated with dental implant placement.

There is a lot of information on the web about dental implants but we recommend accessing the following websites to obtain more information on implant treatment. www.adi.org.uk and www.biomet3i.com