Missing teeth can lead to a lack of confidence about your smile as well as the weakening of surrounding teeth and deterioration of bone structure resulting in the loss of facial contours and teeth.
Long gone are the days when our only option after tooth loss was to wear a denture or have a bridge made. These options are adequate and functional in most cases, however, we now have the technology to place a permanent fixture in the mouth which will feel and perform like a natural tooth.
Dentures can cause discomfort and embarrassment and bridges can be difficult to clean and cause damage to neighbouring teeth which is why many people are now choosing to have permanent implants.
With modern technology, dental implant crowns are indistinguishable from natural teeth and you will have the confidence to eat anything you like – no need to avoid those steaks, apples or crusty bread!
Dental Implants also have a 95% success rate after 10 years, making them one of the most predictable treatment options.
The Dental Implant Timeline
STEP1 – FREE CONSULTATION with Implant Coordinator
You will have the opportunity to discuss the process using examples of previous cases. Photographic records of your current dentition will be made and you will be given estimated costs of treatment. You are under no obligation to continue with treatment after this consultation. Click here to contact us.
STEP2 – RECORDS APPOINTMENT
This appointment allows us to obtain more detailed records of your jaw, diagnostic impressions will be taken, as well as X-rays and in some cases a CT scan is required. We will follow this appointment up with a letter and comprehensive treatment plan.
STEP3 – PLACEMENT OF IMPLANT
This will normally be done under local anaesthetic; however, there is the option of IV sedation. The implant is placed in your jaw with a healing cap and left to heal for up to 12 weeks.
STEP4 – CROWN PREP & FIT
Impressions for the crown are taken once the implant has healed sufficiently. 2 weeks after the crown prep, we will book an appointment to fit the crown.
STEP5 – BEAUTIFUL TEETH WHICH LOOK AND FEEL LIKE YOUR OWN