|Once an implant solution has been identified as an option to replace a missing tooth (or teeth), your dentist will carry out a full assessment including photographs prior to referring you to our in-house implant surgeon, Duncan Weir.
|Consult with implant practitioner Duncan Weir
|Duncan will meet you for a consultation where he will take time to listen to your concerns and the end result you would like to achieve (on a no-fee, no-obligation basis). He will then arrange some special measurements which will allow him to plan your treatment precisely.
|Carried out at Fairmilehead Dental Practice, Lothian. Full mouth x-ray and a cone beam CT scan.
|Treatment discussion with Duncan Weir
|At this appointment, Duncan will confirm the treatment and answer any questions you may have. The appropriate consent forms can then be signed.
|Implant surgery with Duncan Weir
|Implant placement surgery. If extraction of your failing tooth is required, this will be completed at the same appointment.
|Implant hygiene appointment 1
|Two weeks post surgery. At this appointment, your dental hygienist will ensure that you have all the help you need to keep your implant as clean as possible.
|Review with Duncan Weir
|Your implant will be reviewed at approximately four weeks post-surgery.
|Implant impressions with your dentist
|Approximately four months post-surgery. At this appointment, all the necessary measurements are recorded so that the implant technician (Wayne Flack) can make your new tooth!
|Three weeks later, your new tooth will be fitted onto the implant. It will be ready to use straight away.
|Implant crown review with your dentist
|A further three weeks later, we will check that your new implant is looking and functioning perfectly. We will also check that you are managing to look after your implant tooth properly. Finally, the internal screw is tightened, prior to sealing it with a long-term filling.
|Implant hygiene appointment 2
|Your hygienist will check that you are managing to keep your implant tooth as clean as possible. It is crucially important that you are looking after your gums optimally (to ensure that the implant has the best long-term prognosis).
|Annual reviews with Duncan and our hygienist
|Duncan will conduct a review of your implant and associated supporting tissues, once per year for three years following implant placement. An x-ray will be recorded to confirm the health of the supporting bone. This will be combined with a hygienist appointment to confirm that the implant is being looked after in the best possible way