At this appointment, your dental and medical health history and initial x-ray will be carefully evaluated to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. All other treatment options for your missing teeth will also be discussed.
If you are suitable for implant treatment, then we will need the necessary records such as scans of your teeth and photos. You will also be given a referral to get a 3D scan of your jaw to be done at an independent radiology centre.
Consultation to Discuss Treatment Plan
Once all the records are analysed, you will have a thorough consult discussing the surgical and prosthetic procedure before treatment begins.
At this appointment, the dental implant will be surgically placed into your jaw under local anaesthesia. Over the next 3-6 months bone will heal to the surface of the implant, anchoring it into position. During the first month of this time, you have to be careful not to eat or put pressure in that area. In some cases, another minor surgery procedure is required after healing to expose the dental implant from under the gum. During this 3-6 month period, you may choose to leave the gap without a tooth, or have a partial denture fitted.
10 Day Review
10 days after the surgery, we will check on the healing of the implant and remove any stitches.
Second Stage Surgery (Only In Some People)
In the people where the implant was covered over by gum completely at the surgery appointment, 3 to 6 months later, the implant will be exposed and a small metal healing “cap” (not like a full tooth) is placed onto the implant. If you have a temporary partial denture to replace the missing teeth, you can still wear this at this stage.
Scan For Implant Retained Crown
6 weeks later after the second stage surgery, we take scans of the exact position of the implant and the crown is made to fit.
Fitting Of Implant Retained Crown
4 weeks after the scan, the crown will be fitted to the implant.