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.
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.