Implant Retained Dentures
How Implant Retained Dentures Work
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that replaces the root of your missing tooth. The implant fuses naturally with your jawbone. A denture is then fitted onto the screw to ensure the best fit possible.
How would Dental Implants benefit me?
If you would like to improve the stability of your dentures without the aid of denture fixatives then dental implants could be the solution for you. Dental implants are often used to secure dentures and can prevent movement and the discomfort this causes greatly improving the quality of life for the denture wearer.
Am I a suitable patient for Dental Implants?
If you enjoy reasonable health the possibility of having implants placed is good and age should not be a barrier to treatment.
There are certain medical conditions that do prevent the possibility of implant placement and heavy smoking and drinking also limit the viability and long term success rate of implants.
Following the consultation and medical history assessment with the placing surgeon any health or lifestyle issues will be highlighted and the possible impacts on treatment will be explained fully.
Following initial discussions with the dental surgeon impressions will usually be taken to provide study casts and xrays taken to ascertain suitability for treatment. Following assessment of all the information gathered a treatment plan will then be formed. In more complex cases there may be the requirement for a c.t. Scan which would be arranged separately or a second treatment planning appointment,both of these are at the discretion of the dental surgeon.
2. Implant Placement
Most implants are placed within the oldnsurgery dental practice under local anaesthetic.this procedure is carried out under sterile surgical conditions and can also be supplemeted with sedation should this be deemed necessary.
3. Integration Period (settling in stage)
Once the implant is placed it is important to let the implant 'settle' and any existing dentures will have been relieved around the area of the implant sites at the placement stage. The length of time this process takes will vary between patient and implant type,approximate time periods will be advised at the assessment stage.
4. Final Restoration
Once the implants are ready to restore the temporary dentures are generally fitted to the implants for a short period whilst the permanent dentures are being crafted. This serves the purpose of enabling the patient to get used to the implants and also gives a spare set of dentures to the patient upon completion as standard dentures are no longer viable for this purpose due to the implant location.
Looking after your implants
Included within all implant placement you will be instructed in implant care by one of our dental hygienists and have your first hygiene treatment carried out complimentarily. It is vital that your implants be properly cared for and we would strongly advise that as well as cleaning the implants at home the recommendation you recieve from the dental surgeon regarding further hygiene appointments is followed.
How long do implants last?
With regular routine maintenance and home care your implants will have a long term lifespan.
How much will implants cost?
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