The Dental Implant Procedure
The First Appointment
The first phase of the tooth implant procedure, (after a detailed consultation and the provision of a treatment plan), is the implant placement which usually takes just 1 visit.
The implant then remains covered for 3 – 6 months during which time it osseointegrates into the jawbone. You can be provided with a provisional dental bridge which you will be able to wear after implant placement. You will need to follow a soft diet for at least 2 weeks.
The Second Appointment
The second appointment takes place after 3-6 months. During this phase, your new teeth crowns are created, fitted and tried in the mouth to make sure they fit comfortably and match your regular teeth color. This phase can last up to 4 to 7 days, after which you will have your brand new smile!
(Note: in 5% of cases, more days of treatment may be required if bone density is too low)
Please be advised that the total time needed for the full tooth implant procedure is 5 – 8 months (but it can be longer if bone procedures are required beforehand).
Bone procedures may be required beforehand. As it is normal for bone in the area of a missing tooth to shrink over time, you may not have enough bone to support the implant.
A bone graft is a surgical procedure whereby new bone is grafted into an area it is lacking. We use a combination of your own bone and animal products such as bovine and porcine depending on the level required.
A sinus lift may be required in the back of your upper jaw. When back teeth are lost, there is insufficient bone available to secure placement of the dental implant. In this instance, the sinuses must be lifted up in order to create space for placing additional bone.