Dental Implant Procedure 12 October 202312 October 2023Dental implants have a titanium screw that is drilled into your jawbone. Over several months, the bone surrounding the implant grows, holding it in place.Types Of Dental ImplantsThere are two types of implants:Endosteal (In The Bone)Endosteal are the most common types of implants. They are surgically inserted into the the jawbone where they take the place of the tooth roots. One implant can be used to anchor one or several teeth.Subperiosteal (On The Bone)This implant is used when there isn’t enough healthy jawbone to support an endosteal implant.They are inserted under the gum but aren’t drilled into the jawbone. They are placed on or above the jawbone.Surgery TimelineImplant procedures require lots of steps over a period of 3 to 9 months.EvaluationThe first step will be to get your teeth, gums and jawbone evaluated. This will help to determine if you have enough healthy jawbone to maintain the implant. If the bone is too thin or soft, a bone graft may be necessary first. Your gums must also be free of periodontal disease.Placing The ImplantAn endosteal implant:The dentist will cut the gum and expose the jawbone underneath.Holes will be drilled into the bowl where the implant will be inserted.If you would like, a temporary, removable denture can be placed over the hole until the permanent tooth can be fitted to the implant.If you have a subperiosteal implant, your jawbone won’t be drilled and the implant will be put on or above the bone.After the procedure, you will experience some swelling and pain which will subside over the following days.OsseointegrationAfter the implant is placed, it can take between 2-6 months for the bone to grow around it. This is osseointegration. Natural jawbone will strengthen and grow around the the dental implant. This keeps it firmly in place.Abutment PlacementA metal extender called an abutment is typically added to the implant and they are used to connect the replacement tooth to the implant.Sometimes the abutment will be attached when the implant is placed but sometimes it may require a second appointment. If this is the case, the dentist may need to make an incision if the gum tissue has grown over the implant. The gums will take several weeks to heal after the abutment placement.Placing The ToothOnce the healing process is complete, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth so that the replacement tooth can be made to fit. It can be fixed or removable.If you choose to have a removable tooth, it will be mounted onto a metal frame and attached to the abutment. It can be removed for daily cleaning.If you choose to have a fixed tooth, it will be cemented or screwed onto the abutment.Your new teeth must be cared for with daily brushing and flossing, just like your natural teeth. Your implant should last for decades if looked after properly.If you are interested in having an implant, please call us on 01723 670500 for more information.