Treatments - Dental Implants

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What is a Dental Implant

As the name suggests it is implanted into the jaw acting like a root, and the replacement teeth are later fastened to it. Dental Implants feel and function just like natural teeth on biting. The dental implant is a small, slightly tapered screw designed to copy the shape of a natural tooth root. This shape makes the implant easier to insert as it almost matches the size and shape of the original tooth root it is replacing. It is made from Titanium Alloy, a biologically safe material which the body accepts as its own.

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We can use dental implants to replace a single missing tooth, right up to the restoration of a full dental arch. The number and position of implants needed varies and is dependent on a number of factors. We will discuss whether you need help with a denture, or would like a non- removable solution to your dental problem.
A careful assessment is made before any treatment begins and we will discuss fully your treatment options before starting treatment. We will also advise of your alternative treatment options to help you make an informed decision. Please note, additional procedures are sometimes needed to allow implant placement and we will discuss these too, if relevant.

The first step is an examination and consultation to determine whether you are a candidate for dental implant treatment. This involves examination of x- rays and may include taking impressions for models of your teeth and for fabrication of a surgical guide. If you have lost a significant amount of bone, additional x-rays or a CT scan may also be recommended.
During the examination, we will evaluate the areas of your mouth where teeth are missing, including the amount of bone available to support the placement of implants. We will also be evaluating the type of replacement teeth that will best meet your needs.
If we feel that insufficient bone is present to place the implants into, we may need to carry out grafting procedures in advance of implant placement. We would explain what this would entail for each case.
If bone grafting is necessary, implant placement would be delayed for 6 months.

This varies from case to case, but the latest implant surfaces are reducing the healing time. It is now possible, with a simple case, for treatment take as little as 10 weeks from start to finish. We do not currently provide same day implants - where the implant is placed and restored in one visit. If bone grafting is needed, the treatment will take longer, as will more complex cases.

Yes, believe it or not, anyone regardless of age can benefit. If you are healthy enough for simple extractions then there is a good chance you may be able to have implants.

Implants require maintenance in the same way as natural teeth do. It is important you brush and floss just like you do around your natural teeth. Prevention of gum disease around your implants is of vital importance. Seeing your hygienist will help with this. Properly cared for, your implants should last for many years, if not a lifetime. The part that is supported by the implant - the crown, bridge or denture - may well need replacement in the same way as a conventional one. Dentures tend to need more maintenance than single crowns, but this is usually simply achieved.

There is no denying implants are expensive. The cost is high due to the component costs, the training needed and the time involved. You must also balance the cost of alternative treatments.

What next?

Please contact the practice to arrange an initial consultation.

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