Missing A Tooth
Dental Implants Procedure
During the initial examination, Dr. Tehranian checks the location of the blood vessels, nerves and other anatomical features , as well as the length, width and location of the future implant in the jaw.
With the use of specialised 3D cone beam scanner , digital radiography and virtual treatment planning software. Dr. Tehranian will analyse the options and consult with the you on the most suitable type of titanium implant.
Tooth Implant placement
Dental implant is inserted into the jawbone in extreme conditions of sterilization and under a local anaesthetic. you will be given medication such as antibiotics prior to the surgery. Then, a local anaesthetic will be administered to numb the area where the implant(s) will be placed. After you are comfortable, a small incision is made into the gum tissue, revealing the bone into which the implant will be placed. Using special instruments, a socket is created carefully, avoiding damage to the bone. The titanium implant is then inserted into the socket.
At this stage, a ceramic crown is built over the implant. It takes several weeks until desired results are obtained. After six months of healing, your jawbone is firmly fused to the implants. The restorative phase of your treatment, when your missing teeth are actually replaced, is now ready to begin.
Depending on a variety of factors, it may be possible to begin the restorative phase of your treatment earlier in certain cases immediately after implant placement. We will review the most appropriate treatment sequence and timing for your particular situation.
Complete Tooth Replacement
Complete tooth replacement is a useful solution for individuals missing a number of teeth. Dental implants can be used to support both fixed and removable dentures to restore tooth function and the beauty of your natural smile while preventing further bone loss.
If you’re missing or have damaged one or more teeth, you could be a candidate for dental implants.
With implant supported dentures, patients can enjoy a greater sense of confidence and comfort when they eat, speak and smile. Not only do implant supported dentures provide a more stabilized and secure fit, but they also function and look more like natural teeth
Our patients will be examined to determine the ideal location for their implant sites. After healing, abutments are connected to the implant posts, and the full denture set is attached to the implants in the same manner as the dental bridge. It can only be removed by your dental professional, so you can be confident in the fit and function of your dentures.
IMPLANT-SUPPORTED REMOVABLE DENTURES
With removable dentures, the dental implants support a bar or a ball abutment to which the denture is snapped on and off. Although the denture is removable, it remains firmly attached during normal functions like eating and talking, and the final result is completely natural looking. The denture can be removed, however, to facilitate cleaning.
Dental Implants FAQ’s
Who Are Good Candidates For Dental Implant Surgery?
The best type of candidate for an implant surgery is someone who has the following attributes:
- Missing one or more teeth
- Damaged tooth
- Good oral hygiene
- Sufficient bone in the jaw to support implants
- Overall decent physical health
These are things you can discuss with your dentist to see if implant surgery is the right option for you.
How Long It Takes?
There are several factors that will determine the length of time needed for an implant procedure.
- Your dental health
- The number of teeth involved
- Which teeth are replaced
- If there will be a tooth extracted prior to implant placement
When is Bone Grafting Required?
If your jawbone isn’t thick enough or is too soft, you may need bone grafting before you can have dental implant surgery. That’s because the powerful chewing action of your mouth exerts great pressure on your bone, and if it can’t support the implant, the surgery likely would fail. A bone graft can create a more solid base for the implant.
There are several bone graft materials that can be used to rebuild a jawbone. Options may include a natural bone graft, such as from another location in your body, or a synthetic bone graft, such as bone-substitute material that can provide support structures for new bone growth. Talk to your doctor about options that will work best for you.
Choosing your new artificial teeth
Once your gums heal, you’ll have more impressions made of your mouth and remaining teeth. These impressions are used to make the crown — your realistic-looking artificial tooth. The crown can’t be placed until your jawbone is strong enough to support use of the new tooth.
You and your dental specialist can choose artificial teeth that are removable, fixed or a combination of both:
- Removable. This type is similar to a conventional removable denture and can be a partial or full denture. It contains artificial white teeth surrounded by pink plastic gum. It’s mounted on a metal frame that’s attached to the implant abutment, and it snaps securely into place. It can be easily removed for repair or daily cleaning.
- Fixed. In this type, an artificial tooth is permanently screwed or cemented onto an individual implant abutment. You can’t remove the tooth for cleaning or during sleep. Most of the time, each crown is attached to its own dental implant. However, because implants are exceptionally strong, several teeth can be replaced by one implant if they’re bridged together.
Why it's done
Dental implants are surgically placed in your jawbone, where they serve as the roots of missing teeth. Because the titanium in the implants fuses with your jawbone, the implants won’t slip, make noise or cause bone damage the way fixed bridgework or dentures might. And the materials can’t decay like your own teeth that support regular bridgework can.
In general, dental implants may be right for you if you:
- Have one or more missing teeth
- Have a jawbone that’s reached full growth
- Have adequate bone to secure the implants or are able to have a bone graft
- Have healthy oral tissues
- Don’t have health conditions that will affect bone healing
- Are unable or unwilling to wear dentures
- Want to improve your speech
- Are willing to commit several months to the process
- Don’t smoke tobacco
Like any surgery, dental implant surgery poses some health risks. Problems are rare, though, and when they do occur they’re usually minor and easily treated. Risks include:
- Infection at the implant site
- Injury or damage to surrounding structures, such as other teeth or blood vessels
- Nerve damage, which can cause pain, numbness or tingling in your natural teeth, gums, lips or chin
- Sinus problems, when dental implants placed in the upper jaw protrude into one of your sinus cavities
Lane Ends Dental Practice 407 Blackpool Road, Ashton, Preston, Lancashire
Tel: 01772 – 726932