Dental implantation is a procedure used to replace missing teeth, or teeth that cannot otherwise be saved with conventional means.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants can vary from single tooth replacement to a complete upper and lower arch replacement. The implant looks a bit like a screw and acts in place of your missing tooth roots in order to support artificial teeth. After some time, bone will grow around the implant; this assists in holding it in place. The implants are made of strong and durable titanium and the crowns are made usually of high-grade porcelain fused to precious metals such as gold.
Unlike dentures, implants provide a much more lasting and comfortable solution as they look and feel like having natural teeth and do not need to be moved or removed. By maintaining excellent dental hygiene, dental implants won’t wear out or require a need to be replaced for well over a decade.
They enable you to speak naturally, chew easily and improve your appearance as they match your natural teeth and will stop your cheeks and face shape from changing as they would with missing teeth.
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The Requirements for Dental Implants
This option is not available to anyone who has missing teeth. In order to get undergo this procedure and get dental implants, you need to meet certain requirements. Suitability for dental implants depends on factors such as:
- Adequate bone with regard to quality and volume
- Having good oral hygiene
- Meeting general medical requirements
- Your jawbone is fully grown
The pre-surgery evaluations are extremely important as every person’s mouth is different. Some health conditions mean your jaw will not be able to support an implant or the bone growth needed to help it heal and stay in place over time.
If you are not in good general health and oral health, do not have enough bone in your jaw or suffer from certain conditions, the procedure can be unsuccessful and lead to complications.
This procedure is not suitable for children or patients whose jaw is still developing.
Before The Procedure
You will need to consult extensively with your dentist to determine if this procedure is suitable for you. You will need to undertake various tests including x-rays, teeth modelling and seeing a specialist who will evaluate whether the bone quality and volume of your jaw is adequate for supporting dental implants. At the Sydenham Dental Group, we are quite proud to have an in office 3D CBCT Digital Imaging machine (ICAT Next generation) which allows our dentists to fully image your jaw bones and teeth and formulate an accurate assessment and plan for your future implants based on the anatomy of your jaw bones. This is the state of the art in imaging available in the area and several dentists refer their patients to our imaging centre to have their 3D CBCT images taken buy us.
Guided Dental Implant Surgery
At Sydenham Dental Group we provide computer guided implant treatment that is a comprehensive 3D system, for accurate and predictable implant placement, within the jaws for achieving the best outcomes. Computer guided implant planning, is based on sophisticated computer software and the use our 3D CBCT Digital Imaging taken at Sydenham Dental Group, which provides the clinician with accurate and predictable surgery options.
This allows for design and construction of the MGUIDE template. This open-frame design allows an open field of view during surgery, where irrigation and aesthesia are accessible from all angles without removing the template.
Dental Implant Surgery: The Procedure
Artificial tooth placement
Artificial tooth placement
Getting dental implants is not a quick fix. The surgery is completed in stages, it comprises of a series of minor operations, evaluations and time for healing between each stage. Overall, this can take several months (average total time to final tooth/teeth replacement is 4 months). The process includes:
- Extraction of the damaged tooth, If is not completely removed already
- Jawbone is prepped and if needed, grafting is undertaken to bulk up the jaw bone to better support the implant.
- The first minor operation: the dental implant is placed in the jawbone and at the Sydenham Dental Group, we are one of just very few dental practices that uses the state of the Art MGUIDE 3D Fully Guided implant placement procedure which delivers one of the most accurate and safest implant placement available in the country.
- Over a few months, your dentist will monitor your level of healing and bone growth around the implant
- Once healing is adequate, an abutment is placed (this is where the artificial tooth is attached)
- The artificial tooth is placed
After The Procedure
You will experience a mild level of discomfort as you would with any other form of minor dental operation: swelling and bruising, mild pain and light bleeding around the site. Your dentist will likely prescribe pain medications and antibiotics following the surgery to manage discomfort. They will provide aftercare advice you should follow to promote safe healing.
To learn more about this procedure or discuss your eligibility, contact our friendly and knowledgeable reception today.