Typically, the entire procedure for dental implants covers a period of up to nine months or less, depending on the type of treatment employed. While there are various phases that take place during a treatment, they generally begin with a dentist’s assessment down to maintenance phase.
Upon consultation with a dental specialist, he’ll discuss every possible treatment option applicable to you after he evaluates your oral health and reviews your medical history. Subsequently, he will give an assessment of which implant treatment will benefit you. What follows is an X-ray of your teeth as well as preparation of models of the teeth.
Plan of Treatment
A plan of treatment will be drawn. This list contains step-by-step procedures as well as costs associated with these.
Implants are usually categorized as minor surgery, including all-on-4 dental implants. Conscious sedation is usually employed to keep the patient relaxed while surgery is being performed.
It is possible that the supporting bone underneath the tooth is weak or damaged and normally, this is discovered at the time of assessment. In this case, the patient may have to undergo bone regeneration. This procedure may be done simultaneously with, or before the implant placement.
Implants are expected to integrate with the underlying bone within a month and a half to six after placement. During this phase, implant dentists may advise wearing temporary dentures. There are cases too when it is more feasible to perform immediate loading. This process calls for affixing the temporary tooth onto the implant while at the integration phase.
When integration is attained, dental implants may be ready to receive and withstand definitive restorations including single crown, bridge, or overdenture. A dental technician lends his expertise in the construction of these definitive restorations.
Care and Maintenance
After a successful treatment, whether for single dental implants or otherwise, a patient must keep his teeth in top form through careful and regular cleaning. Dentist’s instructions must be followed, including those of your dental hygienist. It is best to follow the schedule of regular checkups given by these experts, otherwise, soft tissue health, bone levels, and restorations may be compromised if left unchecked.
The more you know about the treatment, the better for you. However, it is best to rely on the opinion of a dental specialist who is, after all, the expert in oral health.