Tooth loss, whether a result of accidental damage or down to poor oral hygiene, can impact the patient in a number of ways both mentally and physically. Whilst dentures and other products have in the past been the preferred methods for tooth replacement, in more modern times implants have been the more popular option and have quickly become one of the leading tooth replacement options.
Learning about your suitability for the procedure
Upon discovering dental implants Nottingham it may be that you want to dive straight in and get your smile completed again. Whilst that would be fantastic, it is not always possible and as is the case with other treatments and procedures, a consultation would have to first take place to ensure the implants are the best solution for you. During this consultation a physical examination, along with digital photographs and a series of X-rays may be taken. This in- depth process, along with a discussion regarding your overall oral hygiene condition, will enable the dental team to decide whether or not this particular treatment will be effective for you in both the short and long term.
What happens if insufficient bone depth is apparent within the jawbone?
In order for the implants to be effective they require a sufficient amount of jawbone to be present, so as to create the stability needed for the tooth replacement. For those who have had a tooth missing for a lengthy period of time, the jawbone may have begun to recede which in turn can create a variety of problems, including further tooth loss or loss of facial definition. Whilst this can delay the implant being inserted, in some cases it is possible to first have a bone graft put in place so as to recreate the jawbone. A graft of this nature can be taken from actual bone, such as the hip or cheek, or can be of a synthetic material.
The bone graft
If a patient is in need of a bone graft before having the implant inserted, there are two options available. The first option, being their own bone, which can be highly beneficial in terms of healing times and overall acceptance of the graft. The second option, which is also highly effective, is to have a synthetic bone graft put in place. Either option requires the body to accept the graft, which is why dentists often sway towards the natural bone being used over the synthetic.
The insertion of the implant
Once the consultation and possible bone graft are out of the way, the area in which the implant will be inserted will be injected with a local anaesthetic. This then enables the dental team to drill a small, titanium post into the jawbone without causing immediate discomfort to the patient. Following on from this a temporary crown or bridge will be attached so as to complete the smile whilst allowing it to heal.
Several weeks after the initial insertion, if the area has significantly healed, a permanent tooth replacement option will be attached. This can then last, when cared for efficiently, up to around ten years providing a long-term solution to tooth replacement.