Generally, there are three phases to getting a dental implant:
- The clinician surgically places the implant into the jawbone. He or she may recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup during the healing process.
- The bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. Osseointegration means “combines with the bone” and takes time. Some patients mayneed to wait until the implant is completely integrated, up to several months, before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. Other patients can have the implants and replacement teeth placed all in one visit.
- Finally, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth. For a single tooth implant, our prosthodontist will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. The crown will be based on size, shape, colour and fit, and will be designed to blend in with your other teeth. If you are replacing more than one tooth, custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implants. These replacement teeth usually take some time to make. In the meantime, we may give you a temporary crown, bridge or denture to help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.
If you are in good general health this treatment may be an option for you. In fact, your health is more of a factor than your age.
If you are interested in dental implants, it’s a good idea to discuss it carefully with us first.
You can book a consultation with our Implantologist Dr Wilson Grigolli by clicking here.