What is a Dental Implant ?
A dental implant is a titanium post that acts as a replacement root of a missing tooth. An implant is able to support a single or several artificial teeth.
Why choose Dental Implants ?
Dental implants provide the most natural solution to lost teeth, both in comfort and in appearance. The visible part of the tooth is sculpted to match the shape and colour of your existing teeth and is fixed permanently in your mouth.
- You can smile comfortably again, and feel more attractive
- You can bite and chew naturally, to enjoy your favourite foods
- Implants permanently replace missing teeth, and can be maintained by your dentist and hygienist
- Implants prevent bone loss, which happens when the jaw no longer has a tooth to support
The natural teeth near where the implant will be placed must be in good health.
What if I have dentures?
Implants can be used to support dentures, keeping them securely in place without adhesives with no shifting or slipping. You can bite, chew, and talk naturally with improved comfort and confidence.
You may have the option to replace your dentures with permanent teeth.
Is it still possible to have implants if I have already lost bone ?
We examine all our patients thoroughly. In patients where there is not enough bone, more bone may need to be added with a bone grafting procedure, since an implant needs sufficient amounts of bone in all three dimensions to have adequate mechanical support. Sometimes a bone graft procedure may be advisable for aesthetic reasons. Different materials may be used for bone replacement. These substances include the patient’s own bone, for instance harvested from the jawbone or chin, bovine bone or artificially produced bone-like substances. Our maxillofacial and implant surgeons routinely increase the amount of bone using onlay grafts on existing bone, and sinus lift procedures. A sinus lift procedure increases the volume of bone towards the sinus in the upper jaw. The graft site is usually allowed to heal for several months.
Do I need to have radiographs (x-rays) taken?
Careful and detailed planning is required for the most predictable outcome. The exact amount of bone present is assessed on radiographs. 2-dimensional radiographs are usually taken prior to surgery. Sometimes a 3-dimensional or cone beam CT (computed tomography) scan will also be obtained.
How long does a treatment session take?
The amount of time required for an implant treatment session will vary depending on the number of implants needed, the quantity and quality of the bone and the complexity of the individual situation. In carefully selected patients the implants can be inserted and a provisional prosthetic tooth (crown) can be placed in a single treatment session.
How long do I have to wait after an extraction?
Often an implant can be placed immediately after extraction. Sometimes it is advisable to allow the remaining bone to heal prior to the placement of an implant.
What is the success rate?
Implants carry a success rate of around 95%. Important contributing factors are the patient’s general health and the patient’s oral hygiene. The risk of failure is increased in smokers.
Is all of my treatment carried out in Swanley?
Yes. Every step from consultation to fitting and aftercare are done in our Swanley practice.
Why should I come to Wyndcott?
Our implant service is provided by a team of specialised staff:
- Dr. Neto is an implantologist with many years of experience. He will discuss your needs and offer all the available options, leaving you relaxed and confident that you have made the right choices.
- Dr Sadia Ahmad can provide sedation for your treatment, minimising any anxiety you may have during treatment
Procedures are carried out at Swanley, and Dr. Neto works closely with our staff to continue your care long after your implant is fitted.
We have free on-site parking and quiet and restful surroundings, for a hassle-free visit.
The cost of your treatment can now be spread over 12 months interest-free (application for credit is required)
Call us and see how we can help you.