There are many ways to do dental implant treatment, the exact method we use really depends on what your situation is.
Lets assume that you have a tooth which was damaged, and over the years there has been a lot of treatment to it, and now there is another problem. Many people in this situation will choose to have the tooth removed, and replace it with a dental implant.
Now, the traditional way of doing this is to remove the problem tooth, wait 3-4 months for the gum to heal, and then do the implant treatment… Wait 3-4 months to heal, then put the tooth on the implant. Dont get me wrong, this is a great way to do things, its tried and tested and almost works every time!
The only downside is that you need to have a total of about 6 months without a tooth in place. Well, you have a temporary tooth, usually a removable plastic tooth. Which is never the nicest thing to wear!
Im going to show you how I helped someone in this situation, and how we gave them an implant tooth straight away.
Shaun is having a full smile design, a very good dentist I know is doing all the porcelain veneer work, but there is one tooth that just needs to be removed. The one right at the front! He is very keen to have the smile design as soon as possible, and one thing that is holding things back is the dental implant healing times.
I was asked by the dentist to place a same day implant in place of this tooth, so thats what we did!
The picture below shows Shauns tooth before we started, the black line in the gum is metal work from an old crown, and a discolouration of the tooth root – it doesn’t look great!
The first thing we had to do was to remove this diseased tooth as gently as possible. This took me about 45 minutes! A normal dentist would have this out in about 10 minutes. The difference is that a normal dentist does not care if the surrounding bone is damaged – I do!
Once the tooth was out, we prepared the area for the implant, and put the implant in position… This took about 20 minutes.
The last thing was to make the new temporary tooth – this took almost an hour! It had to be sculpted from scratch.
This photo shows what he looked like at the end of the treatment session (all in all about 3 hours…)
Today, I saw him for a 2 week review, and this is what it looks like:
Shaun and I were extremely happy with the result so far, yes the temporary tooth is slightly darker than his natural tooth, but this will be corrected once he has the veneers placed, and the implant tooth is upgraded to a porcelain tooth. (at the same time as placing the veneers)
The most difficult thing to get looking right, is the gum around the tooth, and here it is difficult to say if one of these teeth are implants or not!
He told me that for about 3 days after treatment, the area felt a little itchy, but by day 4, everything was normal, and he almost forgot that he had an implant there!
He is due to have his full smile design in February 2015.
If you are considering something like this, and would like to see if you are suitable – please arrange a free consultation with myself at a clinic where I work, and we can take things from there. (just pop your details in the form below)