Dental Implants

Procedures Needed Prior To Implants

Pre-Implant Preparation treatment

While implant surgery is generally associated with minimal pain or discomfort, various factors should be considered before starting the procedure.

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Pre-Treatments Factors

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One of the early parts of implant treatment involves answering questions about pain, safety, and understanding the procedural stages.

Implants play a crucial role in supporting artificial teeth by integrating with the jawbone.

If on examination, inadequate bone is found in the proposed implant site, additional preparation treatments may be essential.

These may include procedures like bone augmentation, bone grafting, or sinus lifts, ensuring the best foundation for successful dental implant placement.

Bone Grafting Procedure

Bone grafting involves the surgical placement of bone material into the implant site to increase its structural support.

Commonly, we utilize bovine bone, the patient's bone extracted from the back of the jawbone, or a blend of both.

This procedure is typically carried out under local anaesthesia to ensure patient comfort


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Sinus Lift Procedure

The sinus lift involves creating space for the implant and positioning bone beneath the sinus.

Significant shrinkage can occur when the upper premolar and molar teeth are lost, particularly after an long period of tooth absence.

To assist implant placement, the sinus is reduced to increase the bone volume.

Bone augmentation, also known as bone grafting, becomes necessary to surround the implant securely within bone.

Tooth Extraction and Healing Process

In certain cases, teeth must be extracted, followed by a healing period for the bone before considering dental implant treatment. This healing phase typically lasts a few months. Learn More

After a tooth extraction, the surrounding bone often undergoes shrinkage due to the absence of function. This resorption process occurs over several months. Waiting for this process to complete is essential as it allows for a more accurate assessment of the quantity and quality of the remaining bone.

By allowing the bone to heal and resorb naturally, we can make a precise assessment, enabling the selection of the most suitable implant system for your individual needs.


Orthodontic Solutions for Implant Space Creation

At times, adult orthodontic treatment may be necessary to reposition teeth, creating the necessary space for a dental implant.

This need occurs when a tooth was initially absent, and subsequently, neighbouring teeth have moved into the space, making it challenging to restore.

Using braces, we can strategically re-create the required space before introducing an implant to replace the missing tooth.

Orthodontic intervention ensures the proper alignment of teeth, enhancing the cosmetic success of implant treatments for missing teeth.

Aesthetic Focus in Prosthetic Treatment

When a patient's primary concern is cosmetic enhancement, causing them to seek dental help, prioritizing aesthetics becomes a top priority.

The first step involves crafting a smile design in these scenarios.

The comprehensive smile makeover plan strategically aligns with the implant treatment for any remaining teeth, particularly in cases where a front tooth is absent.

In such instances, careful treatment planning for other teeth is essential, providing the implantologist with insights on optimal implant placement within the bone.

The precise 3D positioning and orientation of the dental implant plays an important role in achieving the desired aesthetic outcome.


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Dental Implant Questions

  1. Lifespan of Dental Implants:
  2. Can Dental Implants last Indefinitely? Once the implant integrates with your jawbone and tissues, the titanium implant functions like a natural root. The lifespan of your implant also relies on the care and maintenance of your oral health.
  3. Pain and Discomfort: Is Pain Associated with Dental Implant Placement? When we  place the implant, we are careful to carry out a pain-free procedure and if required various sedation methods suitable for nervous patients.
  4. Age Requirement for Dental Implants: Is There a Minimum Age for Dental Implant Treatment? While there is no specific age limit, our dentists recommend individuals to be over 18 for the dental implant procedure.
  5. Safety of Dental Implant Treatment: We employ Computer Guided implant placement techniques. We also employ comprehensive planning systems to ensure the success and safety of the implant treatment.
  6. Value of Dental Implants: Assessing the Benefits of Dental Implants: A dental implant offers numerous oral health advantages, including smile enhancement, stabilisation of adjacent teeth, and protection against gum disease.
  7. Pain in the Implant Process: Managing Discomfort in the Implant Process: Some slight discomfort may following the placement of a new implant, which minimized through modern anaesthetics. Post-procedure, swelling and slight aching may occur for 1-2 days. Many patients undergo multiple implants in a single day with minimal pain or distress. Existing patient have described this discomfort as no worse than that experienced after a tooth removal.

Implant Guide

Implants undergo colour matching and meticulous shaping to seamlessly harmonize with your natural teeth. Implant teeth are virtually indistinguishable from real teeth.

Long-Lasting Dental Implants

Once the implant integrates with your jawbone and surrounding tissues, the artificial titanium structure functions just like a natural root.

When we insert a titanium implant into the jawbone, it becomes an integral part of your oral structure.

This provides numerous health advantages, such as slowing or stopping bone loss, reinforcing the jawbone's structure, and diminishing the likelihood of gum disease due to better cleaning when compared to dentures.[Learn More.]

Longevity of Dental Implants

When appropriately cared for, dental implants boast a lifespan ranging from ten to twenty-five years or even longer.

Dental implants are beneficial for:

  • Tooth loss due to trauma, accidents, or injuries
  • Missing teeth resulting from gum disease or insufficient bone
  • Substituting old, worn, or fractured dentures
  • Integrated treatments like Implant-Retained Dentures
  • Offering both removable and fixed options
  • Addressing individual tooth loss or entire arches in a single session

The long term success of your implant depends on your commitment to your oral health. [Discover more.]

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