Transform your smile with dental implants.pdf - Page 13

These are the typical steps for implant treatment:
Initial assessment – to assess your suitability for treatment
and to determine the best solution for you
Initial preparatory work – to ensure that the whole of
your mouth is healthy
Implant surgery – to place the dental implant or implants
in your jaw bone, so they can osseointegrate over time. This
may be done in just one operation. In more complex cases,
two or three operations may be needed if additional gum
or bone regeneration is required. Implant surgery is usually
carried out with local anaesthetic, which means the
procedure is painless; some people, however, elect to have
sedation as well for these operations. There can be some
post-operative swelling or mild discomfort afterwards, but
this is easily controlled with mild painkillers.
Implant restorative work – to make the implant crown or
crowns, bridgework or stabilised dentures, which are fitted
on top of the implant or implants. Note: it is sometimes
possible to place implants in the jaw bone and attach and
fit immediate, functional, temporary teeth in one day. This
will depend on your overall health, how much jaw bone
you have left and how your teeth bite together.
Ongoing maintenance – to ensure your dental implant(s)
remain secure and long-lasting, it is vital to maintain a good
oral healthcare routine at home as well as regular visits to
your dentist and hygienist for check-ups. You will be
advised by them on the best brushing and cleaning
techniques to adopt in order to keep your dental implants,
and mouth, healthy.


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