FAQ

Dental Implant Patient Journey

Con­sul­ta­tion and Planning

If you are inter­est­ed in a den­tal implant and your gen­er­al health is good you may be a suit­able can­di­date. You will need an Implant Con­sul­ta­tion appoint­ment to see if your jaw bones and mouth can sup­port den­tal implants. 

We will dis­cuss your needs and you are encour­aged to ask ques­tions. Dr Wiss­man will exam­ine your mouth and jaws thourogh­ly. Small dig­i­tal X‑rays and pho­tos may be tak­en of the area. Next an intra oral scan of your mouth will make a 3‑D copy of your mouth. (This is a series of quick video images which are stitched togeth­er by the com­put­er, com­plet­ing a dig­i­tal 3D impres­sion of your mouth in a mat­ter of min­utes.) A 3D X ray scan image will be made of the jaw bones. 

We use the most advanced tech­nolo­gies available.

All of this togeth­er enables an assess­ment of your needs and wants, a though exam­i­na­tion of your oral struc­tures and enables thor­ough implant treat­ment plan­ning in 3D.

If you are a good can­di­date for den­tal implants and you decide to go ahead with treat­ment, this planned infor­ma­tion is trans­ferred to your mouth by a guide used at the time of den­tal implant placement.


Surgery

The implant is usu­al­ly posi­tioned in the jaw in minor key-hole surgery in the den­tal chair under ster­ile con­di­tions and just local anaes­thet­ic. Patients often com­ment that the pro­ce­dure was much eas­i­er than they thought it would be and much more straight-for­ward than oth­er den­tistry they have had done in the past. 


You are a good can­di­date for den­tal implants if you

  • Are in good health
  • Have healthy gums
  • Have enough bone to anchor the implants in the jaw
  • Are com­mit­ted to tak­ing care of the implant­ed teeth with reg­u­lar brush­ing and flossing

After the Implant is Placed

The root part of the implant ‑the implant fix­ture- is left to heal. The jaw­bone grows onto the implant fix­ture and the gums around it mature. This is a nat­ur­al heal­ing process that can­not be hur­ried. The time for heal­ing depends on your per­son­al health and jaw­bones, it is usu­al­ly 3 months.

Our plan­ning process is thor­ough, our implants are of the high­est qual­i­ty and the treat­ments are gen­tle and min­i­mal­ly invasive.

Den­tal implants are posi­tioned to look nat­ur­al, work like a real tooth and are easy to maintain.


Mak­ing your tooth/​teeth

Once the implant fix­ture is secure in the jaw­bone we can make the implant sup­port­ed tooth or teeth. This is usu­al­ly done in two short den­tal visits.

Implants are a tooth replace­ment solu­tion that are accu­rate­ly fit­ting and aes­thet­i­cal­ly opti­mal… they look like and feel like real teeth as they are anchored to the jaws. 

The total treat­ment time is usu­al­ly 3 – 6 months from con­sul­ta­tion to final restora­tion, it can be longer. 

The treat­ment steps can vary from case to case and will be explained with the costs involved for your par­tic­u­lar case.

Den­tal Implants help you smile your best smile and chew with confidence.


Long term care

It is real­ly impor­tant to keep your den­tal implants and the gum tis­sues around them healthy. Brush­ing, floss­ing and inter­den­tal brush­ing will be need­ed to pro­tect them. We also rec­om­mend reg­u­lar check-ups for implants – just like your real teeth.