You begin your patient journey with Dr. Kendall James by scheduling an initial consultation to discuss your dental concerns related to missing teeth. During this visit, Dr. James listens attentively to your concerns, reviews your medical history, and conducts a thorough oral examination.
Dr. James prides himself in thorough patient care and clear communication. After analyzing the results of your oral examination, he takes the time to carefully explain the various treatment options available to address your concerns, utilizing advanced technology to enhance the communication process.
During this consultation, Dr. James employs cutting-edge digital imaging to provide you with a visual representation of your dental condition. This technology is a tool used to showcase the potential outcomes of each treatment option. By utilizing these innovative tools, he ensures that you have a comprehensive understanding of the procedures and their expected results.
Moreover, Dr. James may use digital treatment simulations to walk you through the step-by-step process of each recommended treatment. This interactive approach helps you envision the transformation of your smile, making it easier for you to make an informed decision about your dental care.
Dr. James will discuss the benefits and considerations of each option, taking into account your specific needs and preferences. Together, you and Dr. James formulate a personalised treatment plan tailored to achieve the best possible outcome for your situation.
Diagnosis & Treatment
After evaluating the diagnostic information and discussing your preferences, Dr. James presents a comprehensive treatment plan outlining the recommended dental implant solution. He explains the step-by-step process, the expected timeline, and any associated costs. During this phase, and his team will provide detailed information about the various implant options available to you, which include:
All-On-4TM & All-On-6TM Implants: These advanced implant techniques utilize four or six strategically placed implants to support a full arch of replacement teeth. Dr. James discusses the benefits of both options, such as enhanced stability, reduced treatment time, and improved chewing efficiency.
Single Implants: If you have a single missing tooth, Dr. James explains the benefits of a single implant. This option involves the precise placement of an implant into the jawbone, followed by the attachment of a custom-made crown. Single implants offer a natural-looking and functional solution.
Implant Bridges: For those with multiple missing teeth in a row, implant bridges provide a reliable alternative to traditional bridges. Dr. James outlines the process of using two or more implants to support a bridge that spans the gap, restoring both aesthetics and functionality.
Implant Overdentures: If you require a full set of replacement teeth, Dr. James discusses the option of implant overdentures. These dentures are securely anchored to implants, providing improved stability and comfort compared to conventional dentures.
In the case of a multiple implant solution, typically the All-on-4 approach, prothodontist, Dr. James will initiate the fabrication of your interim teeth. These temporary teeth will be crafted using detailed study models, X-rays, and photographs obtained prior to your surgery. Often, these provisional teeth can be seamlessly fitted either on the same day as your surgery or within the following 24 hours.
Once the treatment plan is finalised, you schedule a surgery appointment with Dr. James. For single implants or implant bridges, the surgical procedure involves precisely placing the implants into your jawbone. If you opt for All-On-4TM or implant overdentures, Dr. James strategically positions the implants to provide optimal support for the replacement teeth.
The surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. We also offer IV sedation for patients who experience heightened anxiety regarding their dental procedure. Dr. James and his team use their expertise and advanced techniques to ensure precise implant placement and minimize any discomfort or complications.
The duration of dental implant surgery can vary based on several factors, including the complexity of the case, the number of implants being placed, the patient’s overall oral health, and the specific technique being used. On average, a single dental implant surgery typically takes less than 1 hour with Dr. James as he can place a single implant in just 20 mins.
For more extensive procedures, such as the placement of multiple implants for procedures like All-On-4TM or All-On-6TM, the surgery may take longer, potentially ranging from 2 to 4 hours or more.
Post Surgery and Permanent Teeth Refinement
After the implant surgery, you embark on the path toward embracing your transformed life with renewed confidence and functionality. Patients are able to heal without making adjustments for the first 4-6 months. This phase of the journey involves careful adjustments and preparations for your ultimate fitting.
As the days pass, any post-surgery swelling gradually subsides, allowing for optimal precision in crafting your final restorations. Dr. James will create a natural looking prosthesis that not only looks lifelike but also provides you with the comfort and functionality you deserve.
Timeline for Final Fitting:
The duration between your surgery and the final fitting of your permanent teeth may vary based on several factors, including the successful integration of the implants into the jawbone and the overall stability of all implanted components. Typically, this transformative process spans a period of 4 to 6 months, allowing time for the implant to integrate (fix to the bone).
During this time, Dr. James monitors your progress closely through follow-up appointments. This careful observation and assessment are integral to achieving the best possible outcome and ensuring the long-term success of your dental implant treatment.
Ultimate Fitting and Renewed Smile:
Once the refining process is complete and your implants have seamlessly integrated with your jawbone, you enter the highly anticipated phase of your patient journey: the ultimate fitting of your permanent teeth. Dr. James ensures that each restoration is meticulously placed, allowing you to experience the full benefits of your dental implants.
The moment you see your transformed smile and feel the confidence that comes with it is truly remarkable. Dr. James and his team take pride in delivering exceptional results that enhance your quality of life. Your renewed smile not only reflects your aesthetic desires but also restores your ability to eat, speak, and engage in social activities with ease.
As you continue to enjoy the positive impact of your dental implant treatment, Dr. James remains dedicated to your ongoing care. Follow up appointments are essential to preserve the longevity and vitality of your dental implants, ensuring that your investment in your oral health continues to pay dividends for years to come.