Dental Implant Treatment Essex
Dental Implants Essex
At DentalKind, we have an in-house specialist Prosthodontist, Dr Hiten Pabari, who is responsible for dental implant treatments in Essex. We can confidently and predictably provide dental implant solutions from simple single tooth replacement to full arch/mouth rehabilitations, and are one of the leading providers of teeth implants in Essex.
We have a strict policy to only use the best materials and equipment available to achieve the outcome. In a field like implant dentistry, there are many different variables/costs and you can rest assured that we use well-researched and studied products and use some of the best dental technicians in Essex to produce our restorations.
Dental implants are able to replace one or more teeth without needing other teeth to be drilled or compromised. They can be used to provide a fixed solution or can greatly help secure a removable denture for increased comfort and confidence.
For more information about dental implants treatment in Essex, please contact a member of our team and arrange a free consultation with one of our dentists. Call us on 01277 500 332 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial replacement for a tooth root made of titanium. They are highly successful and reliable. The teeth implants integrate with the bone and create a stable platform for a crown, bridge or denture. The restoration is usually fitted onto the implant by an internal screw.
Am I a suitable patient?
Dental implants are suitable for patients with good general health. They can only be placed once the jawbone had stopped growing (i.e. mid-late twenties and older). Excessive alcohol use and smoking are associated with higher failure rates. Also poorly controlled diabetes, bone disorders and gum disease can affect success rates/suitability. We will discuss all concerns with you and only undertake treatment if a good outcome is expected. Prior to dental implant treatment the mouth needs to be stable and free of any dental disease.
Planning Dental Implant treatment
A full examination is required with x-rays and possibly models of your teeth/jaws. We may suggest a detailed CT scan to accurately determine the quantity and quality of bone, as well as proximity to vital structures such as nerves, blood vessels and sinuses. Using the preliminary records we can determine the best position for the implant and plan accordingly.
How long does treatment take?
Duration of treatment differs between cases and can be between 6 weeks to 6 months. Ideally implant treatment in Essex is recommended within 3-4 months after removal of a tooth being replaced.
What do you need to know before Dental Implant treatment?
We will provide a full written treatment plan outlining all alternative options and risks/benefits of treatment. Fees will be explained along with a plan of when payments are due.
How long do Dental Implants last?
After successful integration the success is dependent on day-to-day maintenance. We recommend diligent cleaning with twice daily brushing, antibacterial mouthwash and interdental cleaning. Regular hygienist visits will also prevent any inflammation around the implants.
If poorly maintained dental implants can suffer from a disease similar to gum disease that is very difficult to manage.
Dental implants can last as long as a natural tooth if well looked after. The restorations on top of implants (crowns/bridges/dentures) may require reparative work over time.
How many teeth can be supported by Dental Implants?
Dental implants can be used to replace one ore more teeth. Crowns or bridges are fixed solutions with implants. Alternatively, dental implants can be used along with special attachments to help stabilise a loose denture.
If you grind your teeth at night or have very complex restorative work we would recommend a protective splint to prevent any potential damage.
The stages of Dental Implant treatment
- Assessment and planning -exam, x-rays, models, CT scan, wax-up of intended restoration, radiographic stent
- Implant placement - simple surgical procedure, under local anaesthetic however can opt for sedation, grafting may be required
- Integration - period of waiting 6 weeks to 6 months, may need a provisional bridge/denture during this period
- Restorative phase - impressions taken and the final crown/bridge/denture made
- Maintenance - oral hygiene instruction, routine hygienist visits and regular check-ups
Do I have enough bone?
X-rays only show a 2D image and this is why we now use detailed CBCT scans to assess bone more accurately. If you do not have enough bone there are methods to overcome this, i.e. grafting.
Bone loss is caused after removal of a tooth. Most 'resorption' occurs within a few months.
What structures need to be avoided during implant placement?
In the upper jaw the main structure of importance is the maxillary sinus. This is located above the roots of the upper molar/premolar teeth.
In the lower jaw you have a key nerve running under the roots of the lower teeth.
CBCT scans allow accurate measurement of distances to ensure a clear safety margin around vital structures.
Can Dental Implants preserve bone?
Yes. The bone will become stronger and denser.
Can Dental Implants be placed next to teeth?
Yes. There needs to be a minimum space, which can be measured by your dentist.
Are Dental Implants often linked together?
Ideally they are to improve the strength and stress distribution between them. Dental implants are not linked to natural teeth as their foundations are different and it is no longer recommended practice.
Is Dental Implant treatment uncomfortable?
Normally dental implants are placed under local anaesthetic and placement of a single implant takes usually between 30-60mins. Complex implant placement may take several hours.
As it is a surgical process there will be some soreness, bruising and swelling. Normal painkillers are enough to subside symptoms.
Stitches will be placed and these will be painlessly removed at a review. You may be asked to take antibiotics and it is advised to use regular salt water mouth rinses.
Do I need sedation or general anaesthetic?
Most cases are successfully managed with local anaesthetic, however there are several ways to help you relax. These include oral sedation (tablet) and conscious (IV) sedation.
What if I do not have enough bone?
Simple grafting can be performed using your own bone collected from the implant preparation site. Additional, bone can be used from bovine, porcine or human bone sources (these are all carefully prepared to ensure that they are safe for use). Simple grafting procedures are often performed at the time of implant placement. A resorbable barrier/membrane may be used to protect and stabilise the graft material.
Bone grafts can be collected from other areas in your mouth, i.e. behind the lower molars or the chin. These are sometimes called 'onlay grafts' and are left to mature before implant placement.
In the upper jaw with the back teeth, the roots are closely associated with an air sinus. This is often a challenge with dental implant treatment and the solution is to perform a sinus lift procedure where graft material in placed into the base of this sinus to create bone height needed for a dental implant.
Does bone grafting affect the length of treatment?
Yes it does as grafted material can take longer to mature. Sometimes a specialist in Essex may be needed to perform the grafting procedure as this is often more complex to perform than the implant placement procedure. Patience is generally a virture and we will advise you of the best protocol on a case-by-case basis.
How do I maintain my dental implants?
Normal twice daily brushing and interdental cleaning will help maintain your implants in the best condition. It is important to maintain visits with your dental hygienist to ensure your dental health and hygiene is optimal.
What if the implant does not work?
Generally implants are 95% successful. Failure can occur most commonly in smokers, patients with previous gum disease, poor oral hygiene and complex medical histories.
Different implant approaches
One Stage - implant is placed and is visible above the gum.
Two Stage - implant is place and is buried below the gum (at the second stage the implant will be uncovered a month before the crown is made).
Same Day - considerable planning is done prior to surgery and the implants are 'loaded' or restored on the same day.
Immediate - implant is placed at the same time of extraction, can still be a 1-stage or 2-stage procedure.
Immediate placement and loading - implant is placed at the same time of extraction and a new tooth is placed at the same visit.
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