How long does a dental implant fitting take? Questions about implant fittings answered
So you’ve visited our team for the initial consultation and have been given the all-clear.
As you go about your day waiting for your fitting date to come round, more questions will form in your mind. And if you are like many of our previous patients, many of these queries will be linked to the actual fitting procedure itself.
Unlike many other cosmetic procedures, the fitting of an oral implant is regarded as surgery; such a serious-sounding title causes many patients to panic and to begin planning time off work and the calling in of friends and relatives to escort them home afterwards. Don’t worry! An oral implant fitting is not that level of surgery and can be performed easily at our clinic in Melbourne.
At High Dental Implants, our team have fitted many dental implants in Melbourne and can explain the process to you in jargon-free language. We will aim to make the entire procedure as comfortable as possible, allowing you to feel assured in our team’s hands. Perfect.
But what are some of the most commonly asked questions that our team receives relating to the fitting of dental implants in Melbourne?
Who will perform the surgery?
A member of our prosthodontic team will fit your dental implants in Melbourne.
As their name suggests, their area of expertise is prosthetics; all of our prosthodontists at High Dental Implants have undertaken additional training to perfect their cosmetic skills, alongside their surgical techniques.
If you wish, our cosmetic team can show you before and after photographs of oral implants that they have been fitted in their individual cosmetic portfolios, allowing you to choose who you feel most comfortable with.
Can I be knocked out?
While our team can provide you with anaesthetic if the surgery makes you feel nervous, you must remember that being anaesthetized carries a slight risk.
Remember, our team will always ensure that your gums and surrounding areas are sufficiently numbed before beginning the fitting, so there will be no discomfort to worry about.
How long will the surgery take?
Once you are in the chair, you can expect each oral implant to take between 1-2 hours to fit.
This may vary depending on which type of implant you are having fitted; endosteal implants generally take less time for our team to place than zygomatic for example.
Will I need stitches?
Once the implants are placed, our team will need to sew your gums up with dissolvable stitches.
The number of stitches required will vary based on the type of implant that is fitted; subperiosteal implants will require more stitches for the implant site to heal, as more of the gum is moved during the fitting.
How many appointments are needed?
Based on the time required to fit each implant and how many implants you are having fitted, our team may decide to spread your implants over 2 or 3 sessions. This is to avoid fatigue to you, our team and to ensure your safety during fitting.
All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.