Information about Dental Implants
WHY HAVE A DENTAL IMPLANT?
Dental Implants are an appropriate anchor for teeth to fix onto. Where teeth are missing or need to be replaced, Dental Implants provide a strong anchor to rebuild the most tooth-like replacement available. A Dental Implant will act to restore chewing efficiency, stabilise adjacent teeth from moving and fill gaps.
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
In the first step, the Dental Implant is placed. Sometimes, before the Dental Implant can be placed, a Bone Graft may be required to rebuild missing bone. A series of drills are used to create a space for the Dental Implant to be placed into. The Dental Implant is then left to heal for a period of time between 3 and 6 months. The placement procedure is usually performed under Local Anaesthetic and is a relatively straight-forward appointment.
In the second step, the crown and post are made to rebuild the tooth. This stage is usually performed in two appointments and involves an accurate impression and shade matching, and the second appointment is the delivery of your new tooth!
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
Dental Implant Treatment does have risks, that can be minimised through appropriate planning and treatment programs.
Surgical Risks: Infection, Discomfort, Swelling, Gum Recession, Implant Loss, Nerve Damage and Paraesthesia, and Damage to adjacent teeth. Some of these Risks can be easily dealt with, whilst others may require further procedures such as removal and replacement of the dental implant, and bone grafting.
Prosthetic Risks: Cosmetic (may vary in shape from adjacent teeth), Porcelain Fracture, Abutment Fracture, Implant Fracture, Abutment Screw Loosening. Some of these Risks can be easily dealt with by removing and reinstating the Crown, whilst others may require new Crowns and abutments to be constructed.
Whilst these above complications will occur for one in ten cases, it is important to follow instructions to minimise these risks. This includes following post-surgery instructions, and then long-term instructions such as regular checkups and cleaning, good oral hygiene, protection from grinding with Night-time Guards.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE TREATMENT?
It is important to follow the pre-appointment instructions and prepare for after your appointments.
Take any prescribed medications strictly as directed. If you have not received your preappointment instructions or prescriptions two weeks before your appointment, please call and speak to our Clinical Manager, Jen.
Be prepared to follow special dietary requirements including reducing the amount of chewing, watching your fluid intake and taking supplements.
It is our experience that many patients are anxious about the surgical appointments. However, these appointments are not any more difficult than having fillings or Root Canal Treamtents in most cases.