What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a highly innovative, precision engineered titanium insert that is surgically placed in the jaw bone. The implant provides a platform to which artificial tooth/teeth can be attached in the form of a crown, bridge or denture.
The xray below helps to understand what an implant is and how it works.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Crowns and bridges supported on dental implants are a reliable, long-lasting teeth replacement option, providing several benefits:
Improved chewing ability and power
Fixed in place
More natural appearance and enhanced smile
No damage to adjacent teeth as would be the case for dental bridges
Good long term success
Dental implants can be used to replace or secure dentures thereby making eating more comfortable and enjoyable. There is no fear of dentures dropping out when you least expect them to. See how these people should probably had dental implants:
How comfortable is the process of having dental implants?
The placement of dental implants is carried out under local anaesthetic, thereby providing a good level of patient comfort. Modern anaesthetics and techniques make the procedure very tolerable for patient. Many patients say it is it is less traumatic than having a tooth extracted. There will be some minor discomfort and swelling after the procedure, which can be controlled with painkillers and patients are generally okay going back to work soon after the procedure.
Some of the latter stages of the process do not even require local anaesthetic (of course it can be used if necessary or requested).
Are there any other procedures required with dental implants?
The success of dental implants relies on a number of factors, two very important ones being the type and amount of bone and gum around the implant. The more volume and the better the quality of bone and gum around the implant, the longer lasting it will be. It may be necessary to do some bone or gum grafting prior to placing the dental implant, at the time of implant placement or sometimes after placement of the implant. If this is necessary, Dr Malde will advise you and discuss your options.
Bone grafting can also be done where a tooth needs to be extracted and the patient is undecided about having an implant. The placement of a bone graft in this instance can only be done at time of tooth removal. It will prevent the bone shrinking (which happens once a tooth is removed), thereby making it easier to place an implant in the long term should the client wish so.
What are the steps involved in dental implant treatment?
1. In-depth clinical assessment to ensure the client is suitable for dental implants
2. CBCT scan (3D xray) to allow a thorough assessment of the bone and surrounding structures
3. Digitally planning the case to allow greater degree of predictability, accuracy and safety
4. Placement of dental implant and fitting of temporary prostheses (if requested)
5. Construction of the bespoke prostheses approximately 3 months after placement of implant
6. Fitting of the prostheses
The above steps are a guide but can vary on a case by case basis and an exact plan is provided following case assessment.
The average time to complete dental implant treatment is 6 months but this can also vary depending on the case.
Why should I have my dental implants with Dr Malde?
- High success rate of treatments to date and numerous satisfied clients.
- Use of renowned dental implant brands namely PRAMA by Sweden & Martina and Straumann.
- Use of synthetic materials in the whole which are ethical, safe and effective.
- 5 year insurance backed guarantee with every implant. 5 year insurance is provided by Implant5ure and covers the following:
Protection from the start of treatment
5 years protection for your implant and prosthesis (implant supported crown, bridge or denture)
Covers the cost of potential remedial work undertaken
Includes accidental damage from outside (extraoral) or inside (intraoral) the mouth
Dental emergency treatment costs in relation to the dental implant or prosthesis
- Every case is planned digitally to enhance safety and outcomes.
Here are links to websites for further information on the products used:
We recognise dental implants may be offered cheaper at other practices and abroad. Please do exercise caution when having any dental work carried out abroad; we have seen numerous cases done abroad that have gone wrong very quickly, leaving patients worse off than before. Please be aware there may be hidden costs involved thereby raising the final price and cheaper quality materials used. Many dentists are unlikely to remedy problems from implants done abroad. The implant systems used abroad may not be recognisable or available in the UK. This will mean having to go back to the original dentist to rectify any problems. Many other clinics still continue to use animal or human based products.
If you would like an in depth read about dental implants, please visit www.consideringdentalimplants.co.uk or get in touch with Dr Malde to book your consultation.