Dental Implant Basic Knowledge 3

Dental Implant Treatment Period

Dental implant treamtment involves 3 main procedures:

  • 1. The artificial tooth fixture is imbedded into the alveolar bone.
  • 2. Wait for the tooth fixture root and alveolar bone to adhere.
  • 3. Insert the abutment and then put on the tooth crown.

Step 2 requires a period of approximately 2 months, and therefore the whole dental implant treatment normally requires 3-6 months. However, if the patient has a lack of alveolar bone and regeneration surgery is needed or if the patient first needs to treat their periodontal disease, the whole dental implant treatment requires a period of 6 months to 1 year.

The Basic Methods of Surgery for Dental Implant

This is divided into 2 methods. The first method is to do a one-time surgery, and the second method is to undergo surgery in 2 separate occasions. Please see the following diagram.

1-time and 2-time surgery methods

What is 1-time surgery method?

The one-time method requires surgery only once. An incision is made into the alveolar bone, and with a professional implanting device the fixture is embedded into the bone.

What is 2-time surgery method?

The two-time method is simply surgery divided into 2 procedures. The first procedure would be the same as the 1-time surgery method, except that in the end the gums will be sealed to allow the bone and the fixture to bond well together, and this bonding period requires approximately 3-6 months. Once the bone is strong, the second procedure would be to open the gums again to embed the abutment, and then finally the artificial crown.

What is the difference between the 1-time method and 2-time method?

Characteristics of the 1-Time Method

  • Requires opening the gums once, limiting damage to the body.
  • Shorter surgery time.
  • Good implanting of the fixture into the alveolar bone.
  • If the implanting procedure or bone regeneration procedure requries more time, the chances of infection is greatly reduced.

Characteristics of the 2-Time Method

  • Requires opening the gums twice, therefore causing more harm to the patient’s health.
  • Suitable for all treatment types.
  • Requires a longer healing period, but the chances of infection are greatly reduced.

Dental Implant Treatment Process

Preparations Before Implant Surgery

  • STEP1Consultation
  • STEP2Check up (medical history, health check, X-ray)
  • STEP3Diagnosis and treatment planning
  • STEP4Provision of complete treatment schedule to patient

Start of Implant Surgery

  • STEP1Viewing of operation details via DVD, and then proceed to anesthesia
  • STEP2Dental implant surgery (1-time method)
  • STEP3Healing time of usually 1-2 months. (Depending on the state of the bone, the healing period may need to be extended.)
  • STEP4Second surgery
  • STEP5Putting on the artifical tooth crown, treatment ends
  • STEP6Regular check up