What happens when you have dental implants fitted?
The dental implant process is straightforward and simple. In just a short space of time, you can improve your speech, ability to chew and have a more youthful appearance with minimum disruption to your day to day life.
See an experienced implant dentist
We understand that the decision to have dental implants is not always an easy one to make. We recommend that you book an initial consultation with Dr Nigel Jones to discuss your options with an experienced implantologist. This appointment usually lasts between 20 -30 minutes where all the implant options will be explored. The examination will include a full CT scan and if necessary, study models of your teeth to determine the exact position for implant placement. This will be followed up with a written treatment plan outlining the treatment options discussed, a timetable for completion and the costs involved. The initial consultation fee is £95; this will be discounted if you go ahead with the treatment.
Dental implant surgery
If you are happy to go ahead, then a surgical appointment is made for the placement of the dental implant. The implants are placed in the jawbone with most patients opting for a mild intravenous sedative for a relatively pain-free procedure. One implant placement takes around one hour. If you are having multiple implants these can usually be fitted in one appointment. We always use resorbable sutures, saving you an additional visit to remove them.
There may be some swelling which will disappear within 4 – 7 days. In most cases, a temporary crown or bridge can be fitted the day the implant is placed, in which case, a soft diet is recommended initially. The implants will integrate into your jawbone on average within three months.
Replacement teeth made
After three months a small surgical procedure is used to expose the implants and to make sure the bone has grown around them to keep them firmly in place. A small cap (healing abutment) is placed on the implant to allow the gum to heal around it. Impressions are taken and sent to our Dental Technicians in order for the final crowns, bridges and dentures to be made. We will also do a colour match and take a note of your bite. Resorbable sutures are again used to save you an extra visit to remove them.
Dental implants completed
After two weeks the final crowns, bridges or dentures are placed on the implants to restore your natural smile. Your own dentist may provide this stage of the procedure.
* Please note the above should only be used as a guideline, as each case will be treated on an individual basis. Dr Nigel Jones is available to discuss any queries or concerns you may have.
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Dr Nigel Jones is one of the most experienced implant dentists in the UK. He places and restores 500 dental implants every year. Call 01873 857400 or click below
As a leading Dental Implantologist, Dr Nigel Jones provides expert treatment and advice to patients. Dr Nigel Jones lectures at the FGDP Royal College of Surgeons, also CPD events and training seminars for referring dentists.