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The Dental Implant Process

When it comes to restorative dentistry, it doesn’t get much more life changing than dental implants. The fixed porcelain implant is a perfect match for your mouth and eliminates the constant removing and inserting of dentures. You’re given a brand-new mouth which is permanently yours.

At Down House Dental in Steyning, our principal dental surgeon, has helped an ever-growing list of patients bring back their confidence with a fix that lasts a lifetime. He is there with you throughout every step of your dental implant journey and can answer any questions you have.

The first step is a booking a full consultation. During this appointment, your gums and teeth will be assessed and examined. You will have all your options explained to you in full and we encourage our patients to ask any questions or discuss queries they may have. Our principal dental surgeon will take full x-rays of your mouth and jaw, to assess if it’s strong enough to support the implant. A mould of your mouth will also be constructed to ensure that the implant fit your mouth perfectly.

 

Once it’s been confirmed that you’re suitable for dental implants, your mould will be sent off and the dental implants constructed. The next step will be insertion. The surgery will consist of our dental surgeon directly inserting the titanium screw onto your jawbone, after making an incision in your gums. This titanium screw acts as the base for the dental implant, with the porcelain tooth replacement attached at a later point.

This is a relatively small procedure that is completed under local anaesthetic. If you are a particularly nervous patient, then the option of sedation can be explored. Again, we encourage all patients to discuss any worries they have of the procedure. At Down House Dental in Steyning, we support any patient who is especially nervous or fearful going into the surgery and will do all we can to accommodate their needs or requests.

 

After the insertion, your jawbone needs time to fuse with the titanium screw. This part of the process is called integration and is so important as it’s this bonding that guarantees the strength of the dental implant. It’s what makes them so life changing for the recipients.

This step can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months, depending on the strength of the individual’s jawbone. In between this stage and getting the replacement porcelain teeth, temporary dentures or crowns can be fitted onto the implant as to eliminate any discomfort or change to your lifestyle.

Once your dental surgeon is confident that integration is complete, your permanent dental implants can be fitted! These permanent replacements have been shaped and colour matched to your natural teeth. The finished look is incredibly natural, meaning only those who you choose to tell will know you’ve had the procedure.

 

The final step is your long-term care and maintenance. Although tooth implants are an incredible replacement for broken or damaged natural teeth, they do still require an element of maintenance, just like you would with your own teeth. And the requirements are just the same as with your own teeth; brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Once your treatment is complete, it is essential that you attend all following check-ups and hygienist appointments.

 

 

If you’re interested in booking a consultation at Down House Dental in Steyning, then don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01903 813212, or email us at enquiries@downhouse-dental.co.uk.


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