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What Patients Near Gillingham Should Expect from the Dental Implant Procedure

Patients near Gillingham who require tooth replacement can try the innovative dental implant procedure, which replaces not only the missing tooth but the missing tooth root, for potentially lifelong restoration.

Here is what you can expect from the start and end of your implant treatment.

Step 1: An initial consultation, where you will be thoroughly assessed for your suitability for dental implants. This may also involve dental x-rays. You can ask as many questions as you like, to ascertain whether this is the best treatment for you.

Step 2: Impressions and models will be taken and made of your mouth, from which a template is created to allow for the precise positioning of the dental implants.

Step 3: Potentially you may have to undergo and augmentation process if your jawbone has deteriorated. If you do require extra bone tissue a bone graft will be carried out before your dental implant treatment.

Step 4: Your dental implants will then be fixed, with patients either under local anaesthesia or under sedation. The implants are fitted into the jawbone using a dental drill and then left to heal before the restorations are fitted.

Step 5: After 3-6 months your implants will be integrated into your jawbone, after which the top of the implant can be exposed, a treatment that is carried our under local anaesthetic. The gum is then left for two weeks before a restorative is fitted to the implant.

Step 6: Your restorations are created and fitted. This may involve the use of a single replacement tooth, like a crown, or several teeth, which may involve dentures or bridges.

Once your implants and restorations are fitted into place you can enjoy the feeling and appearance of a secure and stable smile.  If well taken care of dental implants can potentially life an entire lifetime and create none of the dental health problems dentures or bridges cause.