October 26, 2017 Are missing teeth interfering with your ability to eat, speak, and smile normally? Many patients find a lasting solution for missing teeth with dental implants in Manchester at The Smile Centre. The procedure requires several visits to the dentist’s office over a period of several months. When the procedure is completed, you will enjoy a lasting replacement for your missing teeth. Anaesthesia is used during the procedure. This can be either a local anaesthetic, sedation, or a general anaesthetic, depending on the needs of the patient. A small incision is made in the gums for the dentist to access the bone where the implant is to be placed. The bone is exposed and the dentist will make a hole in the bone in the place where the implant will be inserted. An alignment pin is inserted into the pilot hole for the dentist to check the alignment and make any necessary corrections before the implant is placed. The dentist will continue drilling using a series of bits to increase the diameter of the hole. A special tool is used to create threads in the bone. These threads are used to thread the implant into the jawbone and the implant is placed into the bone. The surgical area is closed and allowed to heal. It can take three to six months for the implant to fuse to the jawbone. Placing the Implant After the mouth has healed and the implant has fused to the bone, the dentist will create the dental restoration, whether it is a crown, partial bridge, or full denture. An abutment is screwed into place over the dental implant. This abutment is where the restoration will be attached to the implant, creating a permanent replacement for missing teeth. If a single tooth is being replaced, the crown will be fabricated in a lab and the dentist will cement the crown in place. When implants are being used for a partial or full denture, the restoration will be created in the lab and you will return to the dentist to have the appliance attached to the implants. With proper care, you new restoration will last for many years. Caring for Your Implants Your dentist in Whitefield, Bury Manchester will give you instructions for caring for your teeth immediately after the procedure. During the healing process, you should treat the surgical site with care, but brush your remaining teeth regularly. Your dentist may recommend using a salt water rinse or non-alcohol antimicrobial mouth rinse during the initial healing process. Be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions to facilitate healing. After the implant has healed, it is important to continue with good home care. The implants should be brushed twice each day to remove bacteria and plaque. Use a soft toothbrush to clean the teeth. Many dentists recommend using an unwaxed dental floss or a floss that is specially formulated for use with dental implants. Proper care is necessary to prevent inflammation and gum disease. You should also continue with regular dental cleanings to preserve the health of your remaining natural teeth and gums.