Have you recently had a tooth removed as a result of trauma or a long-term dental issue? Perhaps you’re thinking about the type of restoration to opt for but are unsure where to start. Here at Lander, we can talk you through your options for a missing tooth during a consultation. Dental implants are one of these options.
Preparing for dental implant surgery
Once you decide to go ahead with dental implant treatment, we will take some X-rays of your teeth, so that your dentist can check if you have the right amount of bone and if it is healthy enough to proceed. You may also need a CT scan if the X-rays are ambiguous. This information will be used to ascertain exactly where the implant will be placed.
The three components of a dental implant:
Implant: The implant is the component that replaces the tooth’s root.
Restoration: This is the tooth-like part of the tooth, such as a CEREC crown or a bridge.
Abutment: The connecting element securing the implant and restoration to one another.
Fitting the implant and the abutment
Generally, patients will have a dental implant placed under local anaesthetic, so you will not experience any pain and be able to co-operate with the dentist should they need you to ask something of you (open your mouth wider, for example). If you’re a little nervous about treatment, we can offer IV sedation.
Your dentist will create a tiny incision in your gum and carefully drill a small hole in your jawbone, which is where the implant will be inserted. The abutment is also fitted at this stage of treatment and you will be given a temporary restoration for the period that your implant fuses with your jawbone, via a process known as osseointergration – this is when the implant becomes a fixed and permanent part of your body.
CEREC crowns at Lander
Here at Lander we are one of the few practices in the Truro area, and indeed in Cornwall, to offer same-day CEREC crowns. Unlike traditional crowns, CEREC crowns can be designed, milled, and fitted in a single appointment, streamlining the overall dental implant treatment process. Traditional crowns require at least two appointments due to the fact that they need to be milled offsite by a dental technician. You can read more about hand-crafted CEREC crowns on our website here.
One you have had your implant fitted, your new tooth can be cared for in the same way as a real tooth – your friends, family, and colleagues need not know you have even had a new tooth fitted!
If you would like more information about dental implant treatment at Lander, please do not hesitate to contact us, or pop in and visit in our Truro practice.