What to Expect When Getting Implant Retained Dentures
Your initial consultation with Truly Dental is for you and your dentist to discuss any issues or concerns you are having with your current dentures. Afterwards they will carry out a comprehensive dental examination to make an assessment in light of your treatment hopes and goals, and to determine your suitability for Dental Implants.
At this appointment they will also take a 3D image of your jawbone using a high-tech localised CT scanner, to accurately assess your bone levels, quality, and quantity as part of the overall decision and planning. The specifications of your bone levels govern where your dentist can place your implants to achieve the most ideal position, so we use the best imaging technology available.
Your dentist will use this information to produce a detailed treatment plan customised to your situation, and they will of course be happy to answer any questions you have at this stage. As part of this transparent consultation to devise the most suitable treatment plan for you, our team will also provide you with a detailed cost breakdown of your total treatment so you will never be left in the dark at any point during this investment into your welfare and wellbeing. At Truly Dental we provide several payment plan options you can choose from to find the plan breakdown that best works for you.
Once you are happy with all options you have selected in partnership with your dentist for your treatment plan, we will book you in for your appointment to have your dental implants placed.
On the day of your appointment, between 2 and 4 dental implants will be placed by your treating dentist, as determined at your initial consultation. Your mouth and gums will be completely numb with a local anaesthetic during the entirety of your implant placement procedure, making the treatment entirely pain free.
You can also choose to have this stage of treatment carried out under dental sedation so you can be sure of being completely relaxed and anxiety-free during the procedure. Many patients, including those who experience pronounced dental worry, opt to receive their dental treatments this way, making this transformative dental procedure accessible and stress-free to even the most nervous patient.
After the successful completion of your procedure, your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for the surgical sites to ensure complete healing over the following days and weeks. Your dentist will also advise you on appropriate pain relief options, including both over-the-counter and prescription painkillers, depending on your needs. We have found that for the majority of patients there is only mild to moderate discomfort in the 48 hours following their procedure, and minimal pain intervention is usually needed. With some allowances for immediate rest and recovery following your treatment, you will be able to wear either your own denture or a temporary denture during the healing period.
After 2 weeks your dentist will have scheduled you for a brief check-up, to ensure that the surgical sites are healing nicely and that you are keeping up with the aftercare and cleaning of the new implant sites, and of course to answer any questions that have arisen for you in this time.
The final stage of your Implant Retained Denture treatment requires a brief waiting period. Once the implants are placed they must be allowed to heal for approximately 3 months to fully integrate with your jawbone, so that they are secure enough to safely carry your new permanent dentures. During this time you can continue to wear either your own denture or a temporary denture that has been made for you, as was decided between you and your treating dentist at your initial consultation and the agreement of your treatment plan.
At your 3 month review appointment, your dentist will assess the healing of your surgical dental implants, and can in most cases at this stage begin the next process of creating, fabricating, and fitting your new Implant Retained Dentures. This final process is usually completed over 4 visits to the clinic, and we would expect your entire treatment to be fully completed within 5 to 6 months.