A Smooth Implant Journey

Dental implants are a big investment of time and money. It’s important to feel taken care of when seeking treatment and when going through it. However, in Hampshire, dental implants offer such great life benefits that patients report that the time they take and the monetary investment required are both well worth it.

Depending on what treatment is needed, the dental implant journey can take up to a year. This is why having a good relationship with the practice providing the treatment is so important. Dental implants in Hampshire are a process that happens in several stages. Several dentists provide implants, including Dental Implants Hampshire, and it is worth checking out a few of them before deciding which one to use for treatment. Some people may be referred to an implant provider by their own general dentist.

Consultation

This is where the patient can discuss their needs, what implants would work best for their lifestyle and their budget. In Hampshire, dental implants can replace a single tooth, several teeth, or a whole arch of teeth. They are not only used to replace teeth, but also to stabilise dentures, in which case the patient will also need to decide whether to get their current dentures altered to attach to the implants, or whether to go for a new custom-made set.

The procedure

The size and angle of the implants may vary, but the insertion procedure is basically the same. It involves opening up the gum and drilling an artificial socket into the jawbone. The bone has fewer nerve endings than the teeth, so pain-wise a local anaesthetic is considered ample for numbing. However, for some patients an afternoon in the dentist’s chair, and a drill, are a daunting prospect, so it’s not uncommon to receive either oral or intravenous sedation.

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Healing and fusion

This stage takes several weeks. The titanium implant fuses with new bone tissue growth to hold the implant securely in place. During this time, after the first few days of recovery from surgery, the patient can go about their business as normal.

Crown attachment

The patient returns, the gum is reopened, and an abutment added to the implant. The custom-made porcelain crowns are attached and the patient is good to go.