Dental Implant Appointments
The Appointment Sequence for Dental Implants is a tailored program depending on each individual case. It is recommended that when you are considering Dental Implant Teeth you have an in person Consultation with one of our Dentists who can recommend the correct treatment program to suit your needs, discuss the time-frame for treatment and detail the likely costs involved.
For patients who are missing one single tooth, and have adequate bone to fit the dental implant, then the following sequence of appointments would be expected:
Dental Implant Consultation Appointment
Dental Implant Placement Appointment
After an osseointegration period of between two and six months an impression of the Dental Implant is taken to construct the crown.
Crown Insertion Appointment is two weeks following the impression, and the top of the tooth is placed permanently.
If a tooth needs removal before the implant is to be placed, then Delayed Implant Placement is usually performed. This means that the tooth is removed, and a period of time is allowed for the gum and bone to heal. Once bone healing has reached a critical point, then the implant is placed, and a period of time is allowed for sufficient osseointegration, then the final abutment and crown is placed on top of the tooth.
In particular cases, implants can be immediately placed when a tooth is removed.
In some cases bone grafts may need to be placed after removal of the tooth, and prior to Dental Implant Placement. Whilst this may increase the healing period, this will help to ensure sufficient healthy bone for the best possible cosmetic and functioning result.
After final crown placement, it is important to maintain good Oral Hygiene practices and attend regular checkups with our Hygienists and Dentist to maintain good gum health around your implant for life.
This picture shows a cross-section of a tooth versus the cross-section of a dental implant, abutment, and crown.