If your tooth has been lost as a result of an accident, injury, or dental extraction due to damage, you have the option of restoring your tooth and smile. There are many options for restoring lost teeth, but this article will place special focus on the dental implant surgery procedure. 

If you’re considering restoring your smile with dental implants, then you’re in luck because you’ve found all the information you need. Today, we’ll talk about the procedures for the different types of dental implants. We will also discuss the different routes your procedure could take, given your peculiarities, and what you should expect for each of them.

Single Tooth Implant: 

A single implant is one which is positioned in the jawbone, followed by attaching a single dental crown. This new tooth offers natural appearance and functionality for eating, speaking, and smiling confidently. The surgical procedure for a single-tooth implant is simpler and entails a shorter healing phase compared to full-mouth implants.

Scenario 1: Dental Implant Without Extraction

This situation applies when a patient’s tooth is already missing.

Timeframe: 3 to 6 months

Stage 1: Implant Post Placement

The patient receives local anaesthesia to numb the surgical area before implant placement. Once numb, the dentist creates a small gum incision to expose the bone. A hole is then drilled into the bone, and the implant is inserted. The gums are stitched, and healing occurs over 3-6 months.

Stage 2: Implant Abutment Placement

Once the implant is fully integrated with the bone, a minor surgery is conducted to position the abutment. Ensuring a snug fit against the implant is important to prevent bacterial entry. The abutment serves as a connector, linking the implant to the dental prosthetic like a crown. This step takes approximately 1-2 weeks, including the final impression or scan for crafting the crown.

Stage 3: Dental Crown

After shaping your gums with the abutment, we take an impression of your teeth. This impression guides the fabrication of a dental crown in a dental lab. If needed, a temporary crown can be placed while waiting for the permanent one from the lab. The dentist cements or screws the final crown, ensuring it matches your natural teeth in colour, shape, and size. You can also find out the types of dental implants and their cost on this link – https://dentakay.com/types-of-dental-crowns/

Scenario 2: Dental Implant with Extraction

For this scenario, extraction of one or more teeth at the implant site might be necessary, along with a bone graft procedure. Implants require a sturdy jawbone for anchoring; patients lacking adequate bone might need a bone graft before implant placement.

Timeframe: 8-12 months

Stage 1: Extraction and Bone Grafting

The patient receives local anaesthesia, and the gums are incised to expose the bone. After that, the dentist extracts decayed or irreparably damaged teeth. After extraction, bone grafting is performed to fill the sockets or holes left by the extracted tooth. This procedure enhances bone quantity in areas with bone loss or requiring added support. While time-intensive, bone grafts are often crucial in the implant process. Bone might be harvested from another body location and grafted onto the jaw’s existing bone. Synthetic bone material (alloplast) can also be used. This establishes a strong foundation for the implant.

The healing period typically spans 3-6 months.

Stage 2: Implant Post Placement

Once the grafted area has healed, the implant post can be placed. The procedure resembles the one previously described. After implant placement, it’s allowed to heal and integrate with the bone over approximately 3-6 months.

Stage 3: Implant Abutment Placement

Following the implant post placement, the abutment is attached. This connector links the dental implant to the prosthetic, usually a dental crown. This stage entails a waiting period of 1-2 weeks for gum healing and the completion of crown fabrication.

Stage 4: Dental Crown

Similar to previous steps, a dental impression is taken and sent to a lab where the crown is crafted. The dentist then secures the crown in place, either by cementing or screwing it.

The implant process with extractions and bone grafting can extend to an 8-12-month timeframe.

Full Mouth Implants

A full-mouth implant surgery replaces all teeth in the upper or lower arch, or both. The number of implants required depends on the patient’s situation. Implants are strategically positioned to support a complete set of replacement teeth.

Scenario 1: Full Mouth Dental Implants Without Extractions

Stage 1: Implant Post Placement

Implant posts are positioned in the jawbone. Healing time spans 3-6 months.

Stage 2: Implant Abutments Placement

Once the implants have healed, patients return to have abutments (connecting pieces) placed on the implants. This phase requires around 1-2 weeks for healing.

Stage 3: Full-mouth Prosthesis

After abutments are set, the final step entails placing a custom-made full-mouth prosthesis. Designed to replace all upper or lower teeth, this prosthesis can be removable or permanent. It remarkably enhances both smile appearance and functionality.

Scenario 2: Full Mouth Implants with Extractions

Stage 1: Extractions and Bone Grafting

Dentists remove damaged or decayed teeth and perform necessary bone grafting to prepare for implant placement.

Stage 2: Implant Post Placement

Dental implants are then positioned in the jawbone. Healing lasts approximately 3-6 months.

Stage 3: Implant Abutments Placement

After healing, abutments are attached to the dental implants. This involves a healing period of 1-2 weeks.

Stage 4: Full-mouth Prosthesis

Following abutment healing, a full-mouth prosthesis is placed over them, replacing all teeth in the upper or lower arch. This prosthesis can be removable or permanent.

Immediately Loaded Implants

This approach applies to both single and full mouth restoration procedures. Here, the entire procedure is completed in a single session, avoiding multiple procedures.

Stage 1: Extractions, Bone Grafting, and Implant Posts Placement

This initial stage involves extracting damaged or decayed teeth and performing bone grafting to prepare for implant placement. Dental implants are positioned in the jawbone during the same surgery.

Stage 2: Implant Abutments Placement

Next, abutments are attached to the dental implants, and a temporary dental prosthesis is placed over them.

Stage 3: Final Prosthesis

After 1-2 weeks of healing, a permanent dental prosthesis is placed atop the abutments to replace all upper or lower teeth. 

If, after reading through, you think you’re ready to get your dental implants installed, you contact us to set up an appointment by booking a consultation now. We eagerly anticipate the opportunity to communicate with you and work with you towards achieving the smile of your dreams!