For a number of different reasons natural teeth are lost over time and replacements are needed. Dental implants are now becoming increasingly popular as a more reliable, long term alternative to bridges or dentures. The procedure results in a functional set of teeth with a natural smile.
The process normally involves three stages and from the surgical phase takes approximately 6 months to complete, depending on the treatment involved.
The first step towards a new tooth or teeth is to have a consultation, which can be arranged by a referral from your dentist or by contacting The McIndoe Centre directly.
During the initial consultation, an assessment is made to meet individual needs and expectations. This includes x-rays of the jaw to assess the amount of bone available and tooth loss, which can be due to any number of reasons. The assessment enables our consultants to provide a solution to the problem that is permanent, functional and aesthetically pleasing. Following this assessment, a treatment plan and estimate of costs will be sent to you.
The surgical phase consists of removing the existing tooth and gently inserting the titanium implant, which will then act as a root. This procedure can be carried out under local anaesthetic, with or without sedation and in some cases under a general anaesthetic.
Following surgery, some soreness and slight swelling can be expected and painkillers can be prescribed to ease this, but most people report that very little discomfort is actually felt.
A period of 6-12 weeks is allowed for the healing process to take place and for the bone to remodel around the implant, providing a strong bond.
Last but not least, the restoration phase now begins by having impressions taken to create a crown that will feel comfortable and look natural. Depending on the complexity of the case and particular needs of the individual, the number of appointments for this stage of the treatment can vary.
Following completion of the treatment, regular check-up appointments are offered to ensure all is well.
"When it comes to dental treatment I am one of life's biggest cowards, but I can honestly say that at no time did I experience any pain and only minimal post-operative soreness. In my opinion, this speaks volumes for the care taken. It has been exemplary."
Andrew Cornell, OBE
A McIndoe Centre Patient of Mr Gulati's
This page was written by The McIndoe Centre, in collaboration with Aakshay Gulati FDSRCS MBBS MRCS FRCS OMFS Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. All information, advice and procedures were updated on 17th September 2019.
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