What Is the Dental Implant Process?
How Are Dental Implants Fitted?
Before work starts, you will take part in a full assessment to ensure you are eligible. Once you have explained your needs and expectations, we will perform a visual exam and take a 3D CT scan to assess bone quality. If the bone is suitable, we can start work straight away. If not, we might need to carry out additional procedures before getting started with your dental implants.
During the appointment, we give you a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. Using a special dental drill, the titanium implant is gently implanted into the jaw bone. Dr. Kohani stitches your gum, and the healing period commences, which can last between two and six months, depending on the bone quality.
Is Everyone Eligible for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are suitable for most people, but medical issues might prevent a small minority from being eligible. For instance, unmanaged or poorly managed diabetes can reduce blood flow, weakening gums and bones in the mouth. Likewise, radiotherapy in the jaw can increase your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
Certain lifestyle habits might also affect how successful your dental implants are, for example, smoking or using e-cigarettes. We recommend that you cease smoking before getting dental implants fitted because it affects gum health and could slow the healing process.
In some cases, you might need to undergo an additional procedure to ensure your mouth can accommodate implants. Sinus lifts or bone grafts could be necessary if there isn’t enough bone in your mouth to support your implant.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
When Dr. Kohani fits your dental implants, he will numb the area using a local anesthetic, so you don’t feel the procedure. Afterward, just as with any other type of surgical procedure, you might experience some mild discomfort after the anesthetic wears off. Bruising, swelling, and any pain are unlikely to last more than a week, and you should be able to go back to work the day after the implants are fitted.
Painkillers, such as ibuprofen or TYLENOL®, should be enough to manage any pain. If you feel particularly anxious about the procedure, you might consider dental sedation.
What Is the Denture Process?
How Are Dentures Fitted?
The first step is an initial consultation in which Dr. Kohani examines your mouth to assess suitability. In some cases, it’s necessary to remove teeth before the procedure takes place. If you currently have no teeth, your dentist will assess the suitability of your gums to ensure they are healthy.
Next, Dr. Kohani creates a mold from dental putty and asks you to bite into it. We use this impression as a blueprint to make sure the dentures are crafted according to your individual needs.
Can I Sleep in My Dentures?
We recommend removing your dentures at night, cleaning them thoroughly, and storing them in water overnight. This helps to maintain the dentures and gives your jawbone and gums a chance to recover from the pressure placed on them by the dentures.
Some people prefer to sleep in their dentures for social reasons or to stop their jaw from over-closing. In this case, you should be careful to never wear dentures 24 hours per day without removing them and cleaning them at least once.
How to Clean Your Dentures
You will need to get a specialty toothpaste to clean your dentures, which are made from highly durable plastic and not suitable for use with standard toothpaste. Use dish soap and a denture brush to clean your set of dentures by hand each day and store them in water overnight.