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Tim's Missing Tooth

Tim had a crown and over time, the underlying tooth had got weaker. During dental assessments the tooth was on watch - and eventually with little support left to hold the crown Tim was given the option of a consultation with our Implant Dentist and the option of a bridge, which meant impacting the healthy tooth in front.

What we did

Tim decided on the full Implant Assessment to see if he would qualify for a Dental Implant. During the assessment, the surgeon went through Tim’s medical history and oral health checks to ensure every chance of success. The Implant Dentist also explained the short, medium and long term process of having and caring for an implant, along with explaining the process from placement, to crowning.

Outcome

After assessment, Tim was given a full treatment plan with various options and time scales. He decided to go ahead immediately and so the first step was to place the implant before letting it heal and take on a crown. The whole process took up to 6 months with just a couple of visits to ensure a successful long term outcome.

What did Tim say?

"I attended an assessment with the Implant Surgeon, where the procedure and pros and cons of implants were explained. It was very reassuring prior to committing to a long term process. I needed to replace a tooth already lost as I previously had a crown on this tooth which didn’t have sufficient support and eventually fell off! The Implant caused no problems or pain and I had no discomfort or inconvenience during the period of treatment. I now have a new tooth that allows me to eat normally again! It also blends in with my teeth so you don’t notice it. I would be quite happy to go through this process again if necessary as the Dentist and his team were highly professional throughout. Pay as you go eases the financial impact but it was well worth the cost. A good job, well done!"

Your Dental Implant options

At your next Dental Health Check speak to your dentist about your options to replace missing teeth. Our Implant Dentists are able to provide single implants, multiple implants, full arch (upper or lower) and double arch. We also have options for implant retained dentures and offer an individual payment plan to help spread the cost.

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See how we can help with dental implants:

Dental Implant Consultation

We want to make sure that you are clear and informed on all your dental implant options, which is why we dedicate consultations dedicated to implants. We want you to have a clearer idea on what to expect with the dental implant, ensure you are suitable for the best success and allow you to ask any questions abut treatment and recovery. Your consultation will introduce you to your dental implant expert, who will undergo a full medical history and understand your needs as well as the condition of your oral health for long term success.

X-Rays are usually taken to facilitate the discussion so that it is personal to you and informative. The consultation process should allow you to have a greater understanding of dental implants, alternative treatments, advantages and disadvantages of different modalities both implants and non implants, timing, procedures and costs making you better informed and putting you in a position to make the correct choices about the treatment plan that’s best for you.

IV Sedation

The aim of sedation is to make nervous dental patients feel comfortable, totally relaxed and safe during a dental procedure. Administration of the sedatives and analgesia results in you becoming drowsy and sleepy, pain free, and probably amnesic such that you will have very little recollection of the dentistry being carried out. Communication is possible if necessary during the visit because even though you are completely relaxed and unconcerned, you are not completely unconscious at any point in time.

Patients remain aware of their surroundings but are less responsive to external stimuli like the sound of the drill or the smell of materials. You are monitored throughout the procedure by a qualified professional to ensure your safety, and a seditionist will stay with you all the time.

Recovery after sedation is much faster than with general anaesthesia. For these reasons patient satisfaction is very high after conscious sedation - a recent survey of the experiences and satisfaction of patients who had sedation show that 99.5% of patients would take sedation again if they have a choice.

Doctors weigh a number of factors carefully to assess which drug will be the safest choice in a unique situation for a particular individual. Sedatives are given to patients in a variety of ways such as by mouth, under the tongue, inhaled through the nose or intravenously (through the veins).

Sinus Lift and Bone Grafts

A sinus lift is surgery that adds bone to your jaw in the area of your molars and premolars. It's sometimes called a sinus augmentation. To make room for the bone, the sinus has to be moved upward, or 'lifted'. Our dental surgeons or maxillofacial surgeon does the sinus lift. Once the sinus is 'lifted', a surgical procedure called 'Bone grafting' replaces missing bone. This is all done to make a good area for a dental implant to be placed where the bone may have regressed over years.

Multiple Dental Implants

If you are missing several teeth, depending on where the missing teeth are, your surgeon can either offer multiple implants or offer alternative solutions such as implant-supported bridges. Restoring function due to the loss of multiple teeth is a life changing event. Our dental implant surgeons can provide several advantages using implants over other teeth replacement options. In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, options such as implant-supported bridges replace teeth without support from adjacent natural teeth.

In the long term, implants are aesthetic, functional and comfortable. Gums and bone can recede around a normal bridge or partial denture, leaving a visible defect. Resorbed bone beneath bridges or removable partial dentures can lead to a collapsed, unattractive smile. The cement holding bridges in place can wash out, allowing bacteria to decay teeth that anchor the bridge. In addition, removable partial dentures can move around in the mouth and reduce your ability to eat certain foods.

Single Arch Dental Implants

Your dental implant surgeon can offer options to replace teeth in upper or lower jaws through a full implant assessment. They may discuss options such as an implant retained denture or fixed implant bridges, this is an alternative to a full removable denture.

Several dental implants can be inserted along the jawbone to ensure adequate support for a fixed bridge. The process is very similar to a single of multiple implant procedure but does require much more planning, careful diagnosis and positioning before the treatment can commence. This is so that the correct amount of implants are placed in the correct positions so that a bridge can be sufficiently attached with the correct support and requirements.

Double Arch Dental Implants

If you have lost all your teeth, your dental surgeon can offer several options. The most common and affordable option is to have removable dentures. However, over time, as the gums change, the dentures don’t fit as well and gives frustration to patients who can’t chew and function as they normally do. As the bone is lost over time (as the bone needs teeth to serve to not recess), eventually drastic measures may have to be taken to offer function.

Over time, dentists have researched and successfully created implant systems to help full tooth loose. The most common is to have implant retained dentures where approximately 4-6 implants are placed in each jaw and then a customized denture is clipped onto the implants. This ensure the bones doesn’t loose over time and the dentures remain semi-permanent in a fixed position helping chewing and function as well as giving back taste.

Implant Retained Dentures

An implant-retained denture is a type of over- denture that is supported by and attached to implants in the jaw. A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants. The denture clips on to the implant to keep it in place. An implant-retained denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. It is usual that at least 2 implants are needed to support the denture, but that will be decided depending on your particular needs.

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