Appointments For Dental Implants
Usually requires at least 3 appointments:
- At the consultation visit, your dentist will examine your teeth to make sure that this procedure is suitable for you. They will then talk you through the whole process and make sure that all your questions are answered. You will need impressions taken of your mouth.
- At the next visit, you will have the implant replacement.
- Once the implant has been allowed to fully ‘integrate’ into the jawbone, the implant restoration is done.
Additional appointments may be needed to complete the dental implant procedure and regular implant check-ups will be needed to ensure that everything is well maintained.
How long do dental implants take?
A single implant procedure usually takes around one to two hours.
You may be asked about
- Your dental and medical history
- Your regular oral care routine at home
Preparing for Dental Implants
For the consultation, there is no special preparation needed.
Before the surgical procedure, your dentist or oral surgeon will advise you of any pre-procedure requirements, including:
- Pre-procedure medication (as prescribed)
- Having someone to accompany you to drive you to and from your appointment
- Following any pre-sedation protocols if this applies to you
If you need a general anaesthetic at the hospital, you should:
- Arrange for transportation to and from your procedure
- Follow any pre-anaesthetic instructions given to you by your oral surgeon
After your appointment
Your dentist/oral surgeon will outline post-surgery details for you that are specific to your surgery.
If you had surgery under sedation or general anaesthetic, you must:
- Be accompanied home
- Not drive or operate machinery until at least the following day
Any further post-procedure care will be directed by your dentist or oral surgeon.
Maintaining excellent oral hygiene will extend the life of your implants. We recommend flossing daily, brushing twice daily and regularly visiting your Maven dentist or hygienist.
Read our article on how to care for your dental implants!