Dental implants are a modern, safe and reliable method to restore a missing tooth or missing teeth in the mouth.
At Wallisdown dental practice, we offer a state of the art dental implant therapy.
Anyone missing one or more teeth understands how tooth loss can make you feel uncomfortable about smiling or eating in public. You may avoid social situations and as a result begin to feel isolated. This could impact your daily life and your self-confidence.
Current dental implant treatments can change your life. From a single missing tooth to an entire set of teeth, dental implants restore your appearance, speech, nutrition, oral health, comfort, and self-esteem. So smile big, eat what you want, and be a confident you!
Why replace missing teeth?
Losing one or more of your teeth creates a gap in your smile, affects your ability to chew properly, and can alter your diet and nutrition. In addition to these serious issues, tooth loss also causes bone loss.
Tooth loss causes bone loss. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone beneath it shrinks from lack of stimulation. Not only does losing teeth affect your smile, it also changes the shape of your face causing you to look prematurely aged.
Dr Ori Michaeli, a qualified Master in Implant Dentistry (MSc Implant Dentistry-Warwick university) is highly experienced in treatment planning and provision of simple and complex implant treatments, alike.
We offer our patients some of the most reputable implant systems which hold a huge base of clinical evidence, supporting their implant products. Several systems that we regularly use at the practice are the Biohorizon, Ankylos, Sweeden & Martina & Nobel Biocare implants, all are excellent systems, widely used and supported in the UK.
So how do we start?
First, it is important to diagnose the clinical state of your mouth. This will be performed during a specific ‘Implant treatment consultation’ which will include an assessment of your oral tissues (soft and hard tissues), specific periodontal assessment and a radiographic (X-rays) examination of the treated area. During the consultation , you will be shown a sample of an implant, sample of bone graft materials and several videos related to your surgery, for best understanding of the procedure. You will be also discussed any available treatment alternative to resolve your dental challenge.
Following your consultation, you may require further assessment and discussion, depending on the state and complexity of your treatment.
At certain cases, we would offer you a CBCT 3D Xray scan, which can be performed at the practice. This scan will help in identifying important anatomical structures like nerves and maxillary sinus and would enable to perform a virtual treatment planning with the identical implant system which is going to be used in your case.
Following the consultation and depending on your decision, a written consent letter will be provided to you, to acknowledge you of the planned treatment, the cost of the implant therapy and to gain your consent.
In many situations, while a tooth or teeth have been lost from the mouth, the supporting structure (bone) will be compromised. This will indicate the use of an alternative bone grafting material to help in stabilising the implant and enhance the correct long term bone support to the implant.
In this process, the dentist will use a bone grafting material to build up a thin or shrunken jawbone. If you are considering an implant but dental x-rays show that you have a thin jawbone as a result of bone loss than a graft will be necessary.
Your jawbone may show bone loss as a result of the ageing process, prolonged denture wear, missing teeth, periodontal gum disease or as a result of an accident.
A sinus lift surgery is a very similar procedure to bone grafting in that donor bone is used to build up an area of the jawbone which is considered to thin for implants. In this case, the upper jawbone is being treated.
Just above your upper teeth are your ‘maxillary sinuses’ which are basically ‘air spaces’ in your jaw. And, very often there is only a thin wall of bone separating the sinuses from your teeth.
At times that the maxillary sinuses are very thin and not enough bone present to place your implants, the area will be built up via a bone graft in order to retain an implant.
This will increase the depth and width of the sinus wall in preparation for the implants. The sinus wall will be given time to heal (osseointegration) before a second procedure – insertion of the implants.
IMPLANTS RETAINED FIXED BRIDGE
Where the bone ridge is strong enough and the bone density is sufficient, a number of implants (4-6) will be placed within the bone, to be restored either immediately (Teeth Express) or in a delayed stage (usually within 3/6 months), with a fixed implants-retained bridge.
This will restore all the missing teeth on your jawbone..
BAR-RETAINED FULL ARCH REMOVABLE OVE-DENTURE
When the amount bone is heavily compromised or the treatment budget is limited, a second treatment option would be to place a fewer implants and connect them with a milled bar to support a removable over-denture.
This denture is fully removable, while the bar itself is firmly fixed to the implants.
LOCATORS RETAINED FULL ARCH OVER-DENTURE
A third option to restore an entire arch would be to placed fewer implants (2-4) and connect a ‘Locator’ type abutments on them to mechanically support the fully removable over-denture.
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