My Implant is Fitted – FAQ
Properly preparing for a dental implant procedure is important for the success rate and optimal results. Dr Patel will make sure you understand the procedure and will answer any questions that you may have.
You will receive specific instructions and antibiotics may be prescribed, which we will administer to you with clear instructions on how to take them.
If you would like someone to be with you during the procedure, please inform Dr Patel.
Generally the procedure will take about one hour and normally you are fit enough to go straight home afterwards.
We will give you clear instruction about your after-care.
No, we can always make some kind of temporary prosthesis if this needed for you.
The gap is closed by a temporary denture or bridge. If you had a removable denture before the treatment, you can normally continue to use it after minor adjustment. In some circumstances it can be attached to the implants immediately – as a long-term temporary denture. Please see also the question “What does “immediate loading” mean?”.
In a normal healing process, implants in the upper jaw are generally fully integrated into the jawbone after about six months. This takes about three months for implants in the lower jaw.
Now your final prosthetics can be attached to the implants. First, the tops of the implants are uncovered and small temporary caps are screwed to the implants to shape the gums correctly. Then an impression is taken to be used as a template by the dental technician to make your prosthetics and it is attached securely to the implants after accurate colour matching.
It depends on your individual situation. Some people need only one operation, while others need two. Your first consultation (free) is where your suitability for implants is discussed in detail with you. The preliminary examination and planning is conducted at your next appointment. Your new “tooth roots” can generally be placed and the gum sutured in another session. One or two days after the operation the wound is checked. The sutures are removed about ten days later. With the initial examination, the surgery, post surgery check-up, the prosthetic work and one recall, it normally takes about 6 visits until the treatment is completed.
Yes, the denture can be renewed and modified at any time.
If the existing denture can guarantee optimum loading of the implants and also a good chewing function, it can be adjusted to attach to your implants.
The normal procedure after placement of an implant is an unloaded healing phase. During this period a standard temporary denture normally covers the gap. However, if the dentist finds that your bone situation meets the requirements, immediate loading of the implants is also possible. This means that a very high-quality temporary denture or a prosthesis is attached immediately to freshly placed implants and you receive your implants and fixed teeth on the same day.
Yes. The implant is placed in the fresh wound immediately after extraction of a tooth.
No, you will be given a local anaesthetic. You will feel some vibration and a feeling of pressure when the implant site is prepared in the bone but you will not feel any pain.
If teeth and the associated chewing load in the jaw are absent for an extended period, the bone gradually atrophies. If the bone structure is weakened or thin to the extent that there is little or nothing to hold an implant in place, bone remodelling may be necessary. The bone tissue is restored as atraumatically as possible with bone from another part of the body or bone replacement material.
The remodelling material is layered directly on the bone and is gradually converted to resistant bone tissue by the body. The bone can be widened or increased in height by this method. At the back of the upper jaw the bone is usually increased in height by a sinus lift. This prevents the situation where part of the implant extends into the maxillary sinus. It is often possible to carry out the bone remodelling at the same time as the implant placement. However, in other cases a separate outpatient procedure may be required.