Dental implant process
Your first appointment is a consultation with Dr Sherrard and one of our nurse co-ordinators where we listen to your individual requirements, discuss all options fully and draw up a detailed written estimate. You also meet members of the implant team and are offered a tour of the practice. After you have had time to give our proposals full consideration a treatment plan based on your specific needs is agreed.
Have I enough bone for dental implants?
Moreton Dental Care is one of a few practices in the area to have a Cone Beam CT scanner. This produces highly accurate three dimensional images which provide far more information than the traditional 2-D X-ray. A dentist assessing a patient for implant treatment needs to know as much as possible about the patient’s jaw bone. While 2-D X-rays will only show the height of bone, the 3D CT scan will normally be able to show all the information required, including the quantity and quality bone, but most importantly the presence of anatomical structures that must be avoided during surgery. (The dental CT scanner produces images comparable to hospital CT scanners but with a much lower radiation dose and quicker scan times.)
The implant or implants are placed in surgery, usually under local anaesthetic. Patients are often pleasantly surprised at the lack of discomfort involved. However, sedation is available for very anxious patients (although we rarely find a need for this).
Implants take about 12 weeks to integrate into the bone- a process known as osseointegration. The implants are then ready to be restored with either a crown (cap), bridge or denture. It is possible to restore an implant earlier, or even immediately.
Implant advice sheets