The World is a Stage for Dental Implants
In the world of dentistry, sometimes we seek information and it’s difficult to figure out what the names of dental materials and processes mean. Have you heard of staged procedures for dental implants? No, it doesn’t mean that the dentist performs on a stage. It would be difficult to keep an audience entertained that way! A staged procedure for dental implants simply means that the work is completed in stages, or steps. Most commonly use is the two-stage procedure. There are also one-stage and immediate loading processes.
Two-Stage Dental Implants
Standard dental implants are usually placed in two stages. In this type of process, the tooth was removed at an earlier time. The first stage of the two is placement of the implant. First, the gum is cut to expose the jawbone. The implant, which looks like a tiny screw, is surgically placed into the bone. Next, the gum is stitched together for healing.
As with any implant, some work may need to be done prior to placing the implant. Depending on the circumstances, this preparatory work may have been done in a separate procedure on a prior visit to the dental implant specialist. As an option, the work may be done during the first stage, right before inserting the implant. Example procedures might include building up the amount of bone or gum tissue. This type of dental repair is not considered a separate stage.
After a few months of healing, the patient returns for stage 2. Standard dental implants have an abutment, a piece that connects the implanted screw to the restoration, otherwise known as the crown. The gum is cut to expose the top of the implant. The connector is attached. Finally, the crown is attached to the connector.
Single-Stage Dental Implants
While the process is very similar, the single-stage dental implant procedure involves one visit to the doctor. In this case, the implant is tall enough to extend above the gum line. Once the implant is in place, the abutment and crown can be attached on top of the implant. All of this is done in one visit.
One example of a type of Single-Stage dental implant is a mini implant, used in place of small teeth or in narrow spaces. They can also be placed by a patient’s request, in some cases, if the patient has a valid medical or personal reason for requiring a one-visit procedure.
The healing of the tissue around the area of the implant takes less time in a one-stage procedure, due to the absence of a second surgery to place the connector and crown. The healing that takes place under the gums is the same as with a standard implant. The bone must fuse with the implant and grow and strengthen over a period of several months.
One final type of procedure adds the tooth removal to the single-stage dental implant procedure. This is called immediate loading. This process can only be completed if the patient has sufficient bone density and no other problems that must be corrected before the implant placement. Any dentist offering immediate loading must examine the patient thoroughly to give approval to move ahead.