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Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of bio-material which is surgically placed in the socket of the lost teeth to carry a tooth replacement. The material is generally pure titanium or titanium alloy, which is completely accepted by the human body.

The dental implant is normally shaped as a screw or cylinder and they are designed to support replacement teeth. They also provide the foundation for support of crowns, bridges or dentures.

This procedure is carried out in stages:

  1. Consultation, diagnosis and treatment planning
  2. Implant placement is followed by 6 weeks to 6 months healing period. Often the implants are completely hidden beneath the gum; in the one-stage procedures implants are visible from the time of placement. Stitches are normally removed 7 to 10 days after the implant placement.
  3. Several visits may be needed over the following few weeks to adjust temporary teeth or dentures and to monitor healing.
  4. Once the implants have healed, your surgeon will be ready to connect the teeth.
  5. In some cases the first teeth fitted to your implants are not the final ones, but replicas of the intended design. This stage can be used to assess the implants, control early loading and in areas where aesthetics are more critical, also give the gums time to mature around each implant before final teeth are fitted.
  6. Final teeth are normally fitted between 3 and 9 months after the implants were first placed.
  7. Regular examination and hygiene appointments are then all that is required to maintain the health of the mouth, teeth and implants.

The insertion of implants is carried out under local dental anaesthetic just like with any other routine dentistry. Your surgeon will prepare the given part of the jaw, and then insert the implant. The suture is removed 7-10 days later. Depending upon the complexity of your case, the operation might take anything from 30 minutes for a single implant, to several hours for complex bone grafting and multiple implant placements.

For more complex cases, such as bone grafting from the hip to the mouth, or where large numbers of implants are being placed at the same time, general anesthetic will be used and you will need to be hospitalized.

 

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