Depending on the health of your mouth and jawbone, there are generally five to six steps in the dental implant procedure from consultation to healing.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Step 1: Initial consultation with your dentist
During this step, your dentist will survey your oral health and determine if other procedures such as tooth removal or a jawbone graft are necessary preceding your implant surgery.
Step 2: Removing damaged tooth or teeth
If the damaged tooth or teeth have not yet fallen out, they will be removed before your surgery to allow room for your new implants.
Step 3: Jawbone graft
Jawbone grafts are only necessary when your jawbone is too weak or brittle to keep the implant in place. In this case, bone from another part of your body, usually the chin or hip, will be grafted to your jaw for more support. This procedure will have its own healing period, which can last up to 12 months.
Step 4: Dental implant installation
Step 5: Waiting/healing period for the jaw to fuse with the implant
Step 6: Placement of the artificial tooth cap
The dental implant procedure can take a few months since the jaw requires a substantial healing period to secure the implant within the bone. If this healing period is not respected, the implant success rate will not be very high since it could become dislodged at any moment and fall out of the socket.
Remember that when you come to your dental implant surgery appointment, the damaged teeth will have already been removed at a previous visit and if a bone graft was necessary, it would have been completed a few months prior, at the minimum, to allow for proper healing.
General procedure for a traditional dental implant surgery
Multiple types of implants have minute differences between them, but the general procedure for dental implant surgery remains the same.
Since the traditional method for dental implant surgery is quite invasive and requires multiple steps, anaesthesia is necessary to numb the area and block pain receptors.
The traditional dental implant surgery required dentists to make a sizable incision in the gums, drill a hole in the jawbone, put the implant in place, and stitch the gums closed. A few months later, as the implant has fused with the bone, the patient must return, have the incision reopened and receive the abutment, which acts as an anchor for the crown. The abutment would then be covered with a temporary crown, and the patient would return to have their bespoke crown fitted. This long process came with a high risk of infection and patient discomfort.
The DDSS digital procedure
At Digital Dental Surgery Sydney, we use the DIO navi system for all our dental implant surgeries. This digitalised process varies substantially from the standard treatment, decreasing feelings of discomfort, the infection risk, and overall healing period for patients.
Your initial digital scans, created during your consultation, guide the mapping and creation process. The scan presents a detailed model of your mouth and gum structure, allowing our dentists to digitally create your bespoke implant to ensure the highest comfort levels. Next, your implants are precision computer milled to provide error-free dental prosthetics perfectly fitted to your mouth structure and needs.
On the day of your surgery, our dentists reference the digital surgical guide by the DIO navi system to drill small holes through the gum and directly into the bone, all within 20 minutes. The DIO implants are then placed directly and perfectly in the holes, eliminating the need for multiple visits and sutures.
If you believe you could benefit from DIO dental implant surgery or have more questions about what to expect leading up to your surgery, contact Digital Dental Surgery Sydney on (02) 9158 6328. Our experienced team will do everything to calm your worries and anxiety prior to your dental implant surgery.