What are Dental implants?
- Dental Implant is a cutting edge treatment in modern dentistry to replace missing teeth and stabilise loose dentures.
- It can be used to replace single or multiple missing teeth.
- They are simply artificial posts made of Titanium inserted into your bone which can be used to support a tooth like crowns or dentures.
- So ideally supporting Posts are not visible outside.
- What is the difference between a Dental Bridge and a Dental Implant?
A Dental Bridge is an alternative to a Dental Implant – a bridge takes support of neighbouring teeth where as an implant can be used to support a freestanding crown or dentures
Who Needs Dental Implants?
- Anyone who needs restoration of missing or fractured teeth due to various reasons for example Non restorable decays, gum diseases, Trauma, Congenitally Missing etc
- To Restore Dental Aesthetics
- To Restore lost Dental function in
- For space Maintenance and bite stability
- For Orthodontic Anchorage
- For Bone preservation and prevention of disuse atrophy after tooth loss
What exactly does the procedure involve?
Single crown implantExamination: Initially, our Implantologist examines the condition of your teeth to see if there are signs of gum disease or if pre-treatment, such as cleaning or therapy for removal of decay is necessary. Thereafter, our implant dentist will assess your mouth, bone structure and identify the implant locations by X-ray or a Computerised Tomography (CT) Scan. Once discussed with you and with your approval, our laboratory custom-creates the titanium implants and crown or bridge for you.
Sedation: Our dentist then provides you with a local anaesthetic so that you feel no pain during the procedure. When sedated, a slit is made in the gum and a tiny hole is made in the jaw bone for the implant.
Placement: The implant is then fitted into this little hole and the gum is mended over with soft sutures to allow fusion with the jaw bone. These may be removed after a week. In some cases, people have damaged jaw bones and our resident dentists may take a bone graft from either the lower jaw bone or from safe substitute materials to build up the jaw bone that holds the implant.
Abutment: After the bone tissue has integrated to the implant over a six weeks to six months duration and healed, the surface of the gum is opened again to allow for fitting of a temporary crown post to the implant (known as abutment).
Permanent Crown or Bridge: More healing occurs over another month as the mouth gets used to the “new natural tooth or teeth”, and then the permanent crown or bridge is fitted. The crown or bridge looks like a natural tooth while the implant is hidden out of sight beneath the gum.
Is the Procedure painful?
When you are given a local anaesthetic or non-unconscious sedation, you will not feel pain during or shortly after the procedure. As the anaesthetic wears off, you may feel some discomfort, and while the implants are healing, there may be some inflammation and tenderness. Each patient also feels varied levels of pain according to how they are made. You can discuss any fears you have with our clinician and also your needs in pain-management. Our supporting staff will discuss with you how to reduce and treat any discomfort or tenderness, so that your mouth feels back to normal.
What happens next after the procedure?
Dental implant integration does take from six weeks to six months depending on the patient’s rate of healing. During this time, there are follow-up appointments with our implant dentist to check that all is progressing well with your oral wellbeing. You are also welcome to phone us and discuss your needs at any time, and we will give you advice on caring for your new implants. In some cases, patients wear bridges or dentures as temporary substitutes while the implants heal. Our resident dentist will also advise you on caring for these substitute teeth.
How do I look after my Implants?
Dental implants are a replacement for your natural teeth. The crown or bridge is the tooth part and the implant post is not visible after it heals beneath the surface of the gum to the bone tissue. Looking after these dental implants is not much different to the way you would look after your natural teeth. Sometimes implants are placed next to natural teeth. Patients may have one, two or a full mouth reconstruction. Making sure you brush twice daily with the correct brushing technique, use a fluoride containing toothpaste and chlorhexidine mouthwash, and floss at least once a week helps to prevent tartar and plaque build-up. Chewing sugar-free gum after meals also contributes to good oral hygiene. Avoiding any damage to the implant site is crucial, so gentle brushing and eating of soft foods initially is recommended. Visiting our dental hygienist for regular check-ups will also help to maintain both your natural and implant teeth.
How long do the Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are used internationally, and are long-lasting with a very high success rate. Research has shown that some people wear their implants up to thirty years. For strong teeth and gums, it is recommended to follow oral hygiene guidelines and to see our resident dentist periodically for a check-up. By doing so, we can help you identify any challenges with your oral health early and provide you with the relevant treatment you need.
What are the other Alternative options to Dental implants?
After your initial consultation and examination, you may decide to delay your treatment for a time, and this can suitably be arranged. You may also wish to consider other options for replacing your missing or damaged teeth, such as partial or full dentures and bridges. Partial dentures or a bridge can be easily anchored to your natural teeth. Full dentures can also be worn long-term by replacing and relining the dentures for healthy wear. All these options can be discussed with our dentist who is looking forward to meeting you, and to helping you learn more about your oral hygiene for a healthier you.
What are the costs involved, is it expensive?
Actually benefits overweigh the expenses in long term, the cost of dental implants depends on a number of factors, such as patient-specific needs, the choice of surgeon and surgery, the materials used to create the full dental implant, the brand of the implant, and the procedures used for treatment. All costs including easy payment plan options with 0% interest free can be discussed during your Initial consultation appointment.
Advanced techniques: All-on-4 dental implants – Fixed teeth in one day!
Here at Queensgate Dental we can provide you with a new smile in just one day using the All-on-4 dental implant technique from Biomet 3i. The All-on-4 dental implant solution provides an alternative to loose dentures or even removable implant retained dentures.
Dr Kailesh Solanki, lead implant dentist at Queensgate Dental is very experienced at providing same day teeth solutions for patients that may have previously been told that they do not have enough bone for dental implants or are not suitable for fixed teeth. Dr Solanki places in excess of 400 dental implants each year and is experienced in advanced implant techniques.
The All-on-4 dental implant technique can be life changing allowing patients to attend the surgery in the morning and leave with a fully fixed arch of teeth in the afternoon!
The All-on-4 concept was developed in order to minimise the number of implants required to restore an entire arch (Jaw) of teeth and to enable the bridge to be fitted to the implants on the same day. Traditional implant techniques require 6-10 implants (which costs more) to restore a jaw and also a period of healing time where the bridge cannot be fixed.
The science behind the All-on-4 implant system is that the two front implants are placed straight into the front of the jaw at 90 degrees whilst the 2 implants placed at the back of the jaw are angled at 30 to 45 degrees. This technique enables the implants to provide a bracing support and also spreads the forces transmitted from the denture or bridge to the jaw bone.
The All-on-4 procedure at Queensgate Dental
- You come in for a FREE consultation with Dr Kailesh Solanki to discuss your suitability for All-on-4, alternative options and the costs entailed with payment plans
- You will have a CT scan and a digital diagnostic plan of your treatment.
- Once you are happy with the plan, and your suitability for All-on-4 has been established, you attend your first appointment and we will remove any teeth if required and place implants
- Our All-on-4 technician makes your new provisional teeth to fit perfectly while you rest after surgery
- Your new provisional teeth are fitted a few hours later
- After a period of about 3-6 months your final teeth are fabricated by our All-on-4 technician and fitted once your implants are fully integrated into your jaw
The ideal candidates for All-on-4 teeth in a day are individuals that:
- Suffer from loose dentures
- Suffer from severe periodontal gum disease
- Have severe bone loss and been told they cannot have dental implants
- Have failing bridges and crowns
- Have been told that they need bone grafting for implants
The advantages to the All-on-4 dental implant system are:
- Only 4 implants are required instead of 6 – 10
- No need to wear a removable denture while the teeth heal, a fixed bridge is provided on the day the implants are placed
- The technique can avoid the need for expensive bone grafting and sinus lifts in most cases
- Cheaper that traditional full arch fixed bridge techniques
- Aids the prevention of further bone loss in the jaw
- Restores functionality by improving speech and the ability to eat any foods
If you would like to learn more about how you could benefit from the All-on 4 teeth in a day treatment at Queensgate Dental contact us to book your FREE All-on-4 consultation with Dr Kailesh Solanki today.