ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS RIGHT FOR ME?
Dental implants are the next best thing to your healthy, natural teeth. A dental implant can restore a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth. It is imperative that the procedure is planned and undertaken by a qualified and experienced dentist. Specialist & Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Deborah Bomfim answers some frequently asked questions from patients interested in Dental Implant treatment at K Dental Studios.
What are dental implants?
The purpose of implant treatment is to replace your missing teeth. Implants are titanium screws which are placed into the jaw bone, in order to replace a missing tooth or teeth. This could be in the form of a single crown, a bridge or a removable denture.
What does the procedure involve?
A consultation is undertaken, where we assess whether implants are the right choice for you. We will take moulds of your teeth and any relevant x-rays together with a three dimensional CBCT scan if necessary in order to treatment plan your individual implant needs.
If you are eligible for dental implants, a small surgical procedure is undertaken where we fix the implant directly into the jaw bone and we place some stitches to gently close the gums together.
The gum will cover the implant for a 3 to 6 month period. Following this healing time, a small second surgical procedure will be necessary to uncover the implant.
An impression (mould) of the teeth & implant is taken and sent to the specialised laboratory technician. They will make a crown, bridge or a removable denture which will then be screwed onto the implant head.
What can delay my treatment?
Sometimes if we do not have enough bone for the implant, it may be necessary to undergo another small surgical procedure called bone grafting. This is where we use extra bone to help enhance the volume available for the implant. We may not therefore be able to place the implant at the same time as the bone grafting.
At K Dental Studios we believe that complex treatments like dental implants should be undertaken only once all other dental disease is stabilised. This means that if you have cavities or existing gum disease we would need to treat these initially and ensure that you are able to maintain your natural teeth first before placing any implants.
Are there any complications with this procedure?
The risks associated with dental implants are those which can occur with any surgical procedure. These include pain, bruising, bleeding, swelling, infections, limited mouth opening in the short term. At K Dental Studios we will work together with you to minimise the risk of these complications.
In a small minority of patients the implant may fail to integrate (fuse) with your own bone. In these cases we may need to consider alternative options.
How successful are implants?
We currently enjoy very high success rates with implant therapy.
In order to maintain this success we encourage our patients to maintain excellent oral hygiene just as they would with their natural teeth. Furthermore we require patients to see their dentist or hygienist for professional cleaning at an interval that we specify which is tailored to your needs. In this way if problems develop, they will be picked up early and dealt with appropriately.
What are the main benefits patients mention after having this treatment?
Patients report that their quality of life has improved subsequent to having dental implants. Patients commonly mention that they feel more secure when eating and speaking and they feel more confident when smiling.
Are there different types of dental implants?
There are many different implants on the market and more and more are being developed. At K Dental Studios our philosophy is that the dental implant system that we utilise has to be based on long term clinical research, in order to ensure that we are delivering excellent outcomes that are also predictable.
For more information on Dental Implants call us today (0207 637 8484) or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange an appointment with us.