As easy as Implants
By Dr. Anakhaphan Kamthan
Many might think that it is complicated to do implants. As a matter of fact, it isn’t. The following information will walk you through the whole process.
Step 1: When you lose your tooth (or teeth) and wish to wear implants, first of all, you should consult with the experienced and specialised dentist for an initial oral examination. The dentist will, then, check your oral condition through Panoramic x-ray before making an impression of your mouth for a surgical stent (In some cases, CT scan may be needed for a more sensitive oral condition). When all the information is ready, an appointment will be made.
Step 2: On the first visit, the dentist will prepare the jaw bone and then put the implant fixture into the missing space. Throughout this one-hour process, you will be injected with anestasia to suppress the pain. The dentist will require another appointment within 2 weeks to remove the stitches. Then you will have to wait for the newly-implanted fixture to fully attach into the jaw bone which will takes approximately 2-3 months and 4-6 months for the lower and upper jaws respectively.
Step 3: When the fixture is attached completely to the bone (it will show in x-ray). The dentist will open the gum in order to place healing abutment to form the gum, which will take around 1-2 weeks.
Step 4: When the gum is ready, the dentist will make another impression of your mouth and sent to the laboratory. The dentist will communicate with the laboratory to choose the abutment and PFM (Porcelain Fused to Metal) crown. The crown color will be similar to adjacent teeth but inside the crown is a metal that make a crown strengthening. After getting abutment and crown, then abutment will place on fixture and then crown. A little adjustment on crown to adapted with teeth occlusion. Then you can use your teeth like normal.
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Step 5: After that, the dentist will make an appointment with you on a regular basis to make sure that the implant works well. The appointment plan is expect to be 1 week, 3 months, 6 months and a year after finishing the last process successively. An annual visit is expected for a general dental check up.
We could see that the implant process is not complicated. In fact, if you understand it clearly, you will find that the whole process is quite reasonable and reliable and your implant can last for a long time. Actually an implant for a single tooth is preferred to the bridge for we do not need to lose some part of the teeth just to hold the bridge which could lead to leak around the margin if not properly conducted. More importantly, the cost for dental implant is substantially lower than the past making it an attractive choice for you.