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When it comes to smile restoration, dental implant technology is an unrivalled solution. More and more people are opting for dental implants due to their great functionality and natural look. Dental implants are an investment that will bring back your smile confidence!

However, you must also be ready to invest time too as gaining this long-lasting oral solution is not an overnight fix. We’re here to fill you in on what’s involved so that you can begin your dental implant journey prepared and well-informed. 

Dental implant healing timeline

Consultation and planning

At N6 Dental Platinum your oral health is our priority, so every dental implant journey starts with a consultation. Dental implants are the latest tooth replacement technology and so at this appointment, we run through exactly what would be involved. We then begin planning a personalised solution for you – whether that involves a single implant or a number of replacement teeth. We’ll talk you through the options available to you and the cost of treatment. Early appointments will involve an examination and we may also perform x-rays, scans or take impressions too. This will allow you to have temporary teeth during the ongoing implant treatment.

The procedure and immediately after

The end-to-end treatment will be different for everyone, dependent on a variety of factors. You can read about the dental implant process here. During the initial procedure we will numb the area and in some cases sedate the patient too. This will minimise pain and immediate discomfort from the surgery. In the hours that follow it’s worth taking pain relief pills which we will advise on and/or prescribe to you. Resting at home for at least a day or so is recommended to minimise the risk of continued bleeding.

The days that follow

The pain and numbness will fade in the days following your dental implant surgery, but it is still important to take care of yourself. You should be careful when cleaning your teeth and avoid the dental implant site with your brush. You should consume only soft foods for the first 7-10 days. And finally, you should avoid exercise and heavy exertion so as to keep bleeding to a minimum and reduce the risk of damaging the blood clots that will have formed around the implant.

Weeks after the surgery

The ‘screw-like’ device fitted under the gum line replicates a tooth root and is what makes dental implants so effective. Therefore, it is important that this fixture is secure and given time to heal. You must have patience during the healing process. In the weeks and months after the surgery you will attend checkups to assess how the implant is integrating. This healing stage is known as ‘osseointegration’. It is a crucial phase where the fixture bonds with the jawbone and surrounding tissues. It’s this stability that promotes the dental implant’s strength and long-term success.

After the healing period, we move on to the restorative prosthetic stages. This involves connecting a crown, bridge, or denture. When the restoration above the gum line is attached and secure, the procedure is complete. You can now enjoy a smile in the same way you did before you lost any teeth!

Dental implant technology

The end-to-end treatment will typically involve four or five appointments and can take three to five months, or longer in more advanced cases. Much of this time is the osseointegration healing stage. Thanks to advancements in digital dentistry the planning stages are quicker than ever. The technology processes involved in creating and coating the replacement teeth have sped up too, meaning we are able to load the implants faster than before.

Lifestyle and maintenance 

With your teeth and your confidence restored, you can live life without worrying about slippage, with no dietary adjustments and no changes to your speech either. Your oral health will be renewed and your new teeth will be natural-looking.

In terms of maintenance, we will teach you how to keep your new implants clean to prolong their lifespan. Dental hygiene is important for optimising the success of your implants. A vast majority of our patients are able to have their dental implants for many years without any problems.

Why choose dental implants?

There are a number of reasons people look to get dental implants, from aesthetics to function. Whether you have a single missing tooth or have lost multiple teeth, the way your smile line looks can be a daily concern. 

You may have become very self-conscious of your tooth gap appearing when you talk to people or when you smile. Absent teeth can also make it difficult to bite or chew food. They may cause you to eat on one side and avoid particular foods altogether. Any of these issues can mean that your missing tooth/teeth have a negative impact on everyday life. 

Beyond this, you may be looking at dental implants as a way of replacing existing dentures with a longer-lasting fix. A dental implant is a stronger, more natural-feeling and aesthetically pleasing solution. 

How long does it take to get dental implants?

Now that you are in the know about what’s involved, we’d love to help you start your journey to a happier mouth. We are taking bookings right now and are currently offering dental implant consultations free of charge – now that’s something worth smiling about! 

Get in touch with our friendly team of experts today. Give us a call on 020 4512 4766 or fill out the short form on our contact us page stating that you are interested in dental implants. We look forward to hearing from you.

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