Treatment with dental implants involves different stages – from the consultation process to implant surgery, to the healing period and the mounting of the replacement teeth. In some cases, depending on the implant technique used and the state of the patient’s jawbone and oral health, some of these stages can be accelerated.
Dental implants have been used consistently in the past few decades to replace missing or badly decayed teeth. Made of titanium, a metal alloy that has the ability to incorporate into the jawbone, dental implants in Birmingham are available at selected dental practices in the city, including Sutton Implant Clinic.
The first stage of implant surgery begins with a consultation and an assessment of a patient’s oral health. A dentist will assess the candidacy of a patient for dental implants in Birmingham and will also take x-rays and conduct other tests to make sure that the jawbone is strong and healthy enough to support them. Even if a patient experiences problems with their jawbone, chances are that they can have dental implants in Birmingham through different techniques (i.e. All-on-4).
Surgery for dental implants in Birmingham is a minor procedure that is performed with the use of local anaesthesia. However, patients who are nervous about the procedure can opt for sedation options such as oral sedation or IV sedation. The dentist will expose the sites in the gums where the dental implants will be placed, drill a hole in the jawbone then carefully place the implants.
Once the dental implants are affixed to the jawbone, they will gradually fuse with the bone tissue. Most patients require up to two months for dental implants to fuse with the jawbone, whereas others may require more time due to specific health problems such as diabetes. In any case, temporary replacement teeth can be worn during the period.
Once the healing period is over, restoration of replacement teeth is due. Patients who have opted for immediate loading dental implants will not need to undergo this phase since they have already received their replacement teeth.