Different Stages in Dental Implant Procedure
Dental implants are a great dental restoration solution to bring back your beautiful smile and the confidence that went with it. In this blog, we will explain the different stages involved while getting one or multiple dental implants.
- Initial Consultation
The process starts with an initial consultation from a qualified dental consultant. The appointment involves a detailed exam of the mouth such as X-ray and teeth impressions. Once the examinations and tests are complete, the dentist will prescribe the recommended treatment by referring to a dental implant surgeon.
- Bone Grafting
If your jaw bone has been subject to deterioration due to the prolonged absence of tooth, you will need a bone graft. A bone graft is performed to secure a favorable volume for the titanium post to properly screw in and fuse with the bone. During surgery, graft material is filled in to build mass for the bone and takes around 4-12 months to properly heal for the implant procedure.
- Placing the Implant
The implant is composed of 3 components the titanium/zirconium post that loads into the jawbone, the abutment that connects the implant with the crown, and the crown which acts as a prosthetic tooth. The dental surgeon administers anesthesia on the patient for 1-2 hours to safely drill into the implant site and insert the titanium post in the bone. The healing process takes around 5 months on the lower jaw and 7 months on the upper jaw before the patient is ready for the next stage.
- Putting Healing Collar
After the healing is complete, the dental surgeon will schedule another appointment to get a healing collar. The collar helps the gum tissue of the surgical site to close in and heal correctly, keeping it away from the implant. The collar cap will remain on the site for approximately 10-14 days before it is removed to allow the abutment to fit in.
- Attaching the Abutment
The next phase is placing the abutment to hold the ceramic crown tightly. Setting the abutment does not involve any special surgery and is often easily screwed in once the healing cap is removed. Once the abutment is placed, the dental surgeon will take another impression for replacement of the tooth. Depending on the procedure and the prosthesis, your temporary crown will be attached to the abutment for approximately 6 weeks, allowing the permanent crown to be made in the meantime.
- Installing the Crown
In the final stage of the procedure, the crown is placed onto the abutment. Depending on the procedure, the crown can either be screwed into the abutment or cemented with it. For aesthetic perfection, surgeons often recommend cementing it as it looks natural and no holes are visible from any angles.
A removable crown can be detached from the abutment which allows it to be cleaned. The bottom of the crown is usually laced with pink plastic to blend in with the gum tissue.
A fixed crown is screwed into the abutment or cemented permanently. The crown cannot be removed and offers more stability and strength compared to the removable crown.
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Getting a dental implant that functions and looks like a natural tooth requires professional consultation and special surgical expertise from a qualified and experienced dental surgeon. At Dr. Thomas’s clinic, we provide professional dental care with World’s finest high-end equipment in a friendly and comforting environment. Dr. Thomas personally treats every patient from consultation to the final stage. To learn more about dental implants, book appointment at +971 44525751.