Patients often assume that getting dental implants is a stressful experience. At Painfree Dentistry, we strive to address these concerns and provide you with a pleasant dental experience every time you visit. We’re going to discuss what to expect when you need a dental implant, how the procedures go and any other worries that patients may have.
So you go to your dentist and you’re telling them you’re interested in getting a dental implant. At that consultation appointment, they will probably do a records appointment.
The Dental Implants Process
Step 1 – Records Appointment with Doctor
- The records appointment include photographs, impressions, x-rays and CT scans. Computer guided implant placement is crucial – it is a 3D image that can digitally place the implant on their computer. The 3D CT scan ensures the highest possibility of success.
Step 2 – Removal of the Tooth & Bone Graft
- If you have a tooth that needs to be removed, the next procedure would be the removal of the tooth.
- The tooth also needs to be grafted – bone needs to be put back in. The bone will grow in, your bone will fill in and harden, making that space for your implant. This can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months depending on the area and what needs to be done.
Step 3 – The Implant Placement
- The next step is the implant placement. You go in, if it’s computer guided, you will have the CT scan and a plan. The 3D printer will show where the implant goes, clips will be put over the teeth, then the implant goes in.
- Surgical guides significantly decrease the likelihood of human error. You just do a little hole in the tissue, put the implant in, and you put a healing collar on top of it and it will heal within 3 to 6 months.
Steps 4 & 5 – Impression & Final Crown
- The next appointment is an impression for the lab to make you a tooth. The lab will take anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks to make that tooth. It will either screw on or cement on. The dentist then brings you in, they put the tooth on, and you’re done!
If you are nervous about your treatment, we have 2 types of sedation; a non-IV conscious sedation and an IV conscious sedation. So depending on which one you want to do, we’re happy to alleviate any stress.
For more information, or to inquire, visit https://www.painfreedentistry.com.au/ or call us at (02) 9132 4034