Maida Smiles (W. London)

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22 Oct

The five dental implant steps


Dental implants are metal structures, usually titanium. They are surgically positioned in the maxillary bone below the gum to replace dental roots. Once placed, allow the dentist to mount substitute teeth on them. But like every dental treatment, we’ve got some important dental implant steps to safely make them last many years.

Dental Implant Steps

We’ve set out five important steps to follow for dental implants. They will help you keep your implant safe, clean and up-to-date with maintenance and care.

Stage 1: Assessment and planning

Your first appointment will be to discuss your treatment, which often involves taking X-rays and photographs. We will explain which methods are available to replace the missing teeth and discuss which is most suitable.

We will set out a specific treatment plan during the initial patient consultation. To best suit your case and answer any questions you might have.

Stage 2: Implant placement

A relatively simple minor surgical procedure is performed under sterile conditions in dental surgery under local anaesthesia, which is supplemented, if indicated, by conscious sedation.

Stage 3: Integration period

Although some implants can be loaded into function immediately or soon after surgery, it is often suggested that three months or more be allowed to fully integrate before placing the tooth restoration on top of the implant.

Stage 4: The restorative phase

Once integrated, the implants may need to be uncovered. They can be brought into function with various restorations, ranging from a single crown, small or large bridge, or, if preferred, a removable overdenture clipped to the implants.

Stage 5: Maintenance

Following the completion of implant treatment, patients need to clean thoroughly around the implants, as instructed by the Oral Hygienist.

Consultations with the dentist for regular review are necessary to maintain the gums’ health and the quality of the installed prostheses.