You may be wondering what you may be letting yourself in for, in terms of what the treatment actually entails.
Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we take our dental implant patients through a treatment journey that usually takes a few months, and, depending on their oral and jawbone health, can take a bit longer. But don’t worry, as millions of people around the world can testify, dental implants are well worth the wait.
Every dental implant journey starts with an in-depth examination of your mouth and your jawbone. We need to carefully plan your treatment and make sure that your jawbone can cope with the implants. If it has lost size and density, it won’t be able to withstand the insertion process or cope with the multidirectional forces that chewing entails.
If we think that your jawbone has deteriorated, then we will recommend a bone graft or sinus lift to augment the bone. This preparatory treatment needs time to bed in and can add on a few months to your treatment journey.
If everything else is ok, we will then use x-rays and scans to plan where to site the implants, avoiding nerves and blood vessels.
All that careful planning makes for easier insertion. This is a procedure that takes place under local anaesthetic. People are often pretty daunted at the idea of implant surgery, but you shouldn’t be. We are happy to offer you sedation so that you can completely relax, maybe even doze off, while we put in your implants.
Implants take a few months to integrate with your jawbone. During this time, the bone will be growing new tissue all over the implant. This will hold the implant firmly in place.
Unless you are having same day teeth, we will fit the hand-crafted crowns on after the integration process. You will now be able to eat and drink whatever you like.
It’s important to have regular implant check-ups. Plaque can affect implants and we need to make sure you don’t fall victim to implant-related gum disease.