When thinking about or considering any dental treatment the worst thing you can do is search the internet. Whilst its good for you to find out more information about treatments, its also a bad thing as unfortunately the net is riddled with horror stories and very rarely does it mention the good, successful stories!
Nowadays many practices have Treatment Co-ordinators. These are specially trained and are there to discuss details about treatment. Their role is to take care of the patient and keep them informed. Like us, some practices offer free consultations with themselves to discuss procedures and treatment alternatives. It is not a clinical examination, just merely a chat so there is no need to feel nervous or afraid.
About Dental Implants
Dental Implants are the best treatment to have when replacing missing teeth, as the treatment doesn’t involve interfering with other teeth. Although a lengthy appointment, the treatment itself is no worse than having a filling. In fact we have had a nurse have an implant placed in her lunch break and carry on working in the afternoon. So as you can see its really not that bad!
The procedure itself is carried out comfortably under a local anaesthetic. If you are a nervous patient and would feel more relaxed having sedation then this can be done. Under sterile conditions implants are placed into the jaw and left to heal for about 12 weeks. This allows the bone to integrate around the implant making it stable and solid. Depending on how many implants are being placed you can expect surgery to take about 2 hours or more. The actual implant placement doesn’t take long, its the preparation of the surgery and the patient that takes the longest. After 12 weeks we check that the implants have integrated firmly before going ahead with the next stage. A healing cover is placed on the implant to stop the gum healing over it and then we make the crown on top. Once completed you can expect implants to last you approximately 20 years or more.
Can anyone have implants?
Nearly anyone can have implants. To have the treatment there needs to be a certain amount of bone available. To check this we have a CT Scan taken of the jaw to tell us the height and width of bone available. It is possible to add bone, but it depends on how much is available to start with.
What if I cant have implants?
If you are an unsuitable candidate for implants then another treatment alternative will be suggested.
How much are implants?
The fee for treatment depends on different factors. Even the dentist couldn’t give you an exact fee until he has assessed you and taken the relevant x-rays and CT Scan.
Cygnet Dental are here to help so please do not hesitate to speak to one our our dentists regarding dental implants or any other dental treatment.