What to expect from the dental implant process in York

Dental implants are the perfect, long-term solution for replacing either one or all of your teeth. They are incredibly durable, natural looking and can be life changing. Eliminating the awkward removing process from regular dentures, you have a brand-new smile which is permanently yours. At Blossom Dental Care in York, we can guarantee an excellent level of customer service and a big boost in your confidence.

The first step in your dental implant journey is the consultation. Once you’ve decided that you’re interested in dental implants at Blossom Dental Care, a consultation is required to take place. During this first meeting, your gums and teeth will be fully assessed for suitability. All of your options shall be explained to you in full and we really encourage all patients to ask as many questions as possible. The principal dental surgeon will discuss any queries you have which is extremely helpful if you’re a particularly nervous patient. A mould of your mouth will also be taken, assuring the dental implants fit your mouth perfectly.

After the consultation, your mould is then sent off and your dental implants are created to your specifications. The next step, therefore is in the insertion of the implant base. This is a simple surgical procedure completed under local anaesthetic, but the option of sedation can be explored if you are very nervous. Again, we encourage all patients to discuss any worries they have of the procedure. At Blossom Dental Care, York, we support any patient who is especially nervous or fearful going into the surgery and will do all we can to accommodate their needs or requests. The operation itself consists of our dental surgeon directly inserting the titanium screw onto your jawbone, after making an incision in your gums. This titanium screw acts as the base for the dental implant, with the porcelain tooth replacement attached at a later point.

Once the insertion has taken place, we need time to allow your jawbone to fuse with the titanium screw. This part of the process is extremely vital, as it’s this bone between the bone and the screw which makes dental implants so strong. They become a part of your mouth, just like your natural teeth unlike traditional dentures which require constant removal. The length of the integration process is very patient specific, with it ranging from 6 weeks to 6 months. This is all dependent on the strength of the patient’s jawbone.
Once your dental surgeon is confident that integration is complete, your permanent dental implants can be fitted! These permanent replacements have been shaped and colour matched to your natural teeth. The finished look is incredibly natural, meaning only those who you choose to tell will know you’ve had the procedure.

The final step to this process is maintenance. The long-term maintenance is very similar to the care we’d give to our natural teeth. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day is crucial to keeping up the appearance the dental implants give, but that’s all it takes! A worry for some people is that dental implants require a complete lifestyle change and are a big time investment. The implantation can take some time, but the amazing thing about dental implants is the lack of lifestyle change. Aside from attending following check-ups, the only big change will be your confidence.

If you’re interested in booking a cosmetic consultation at Blossom Dental Care, York, then don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01904 653356, or email us at info@blossomdentalcare.co.uk.