Dental implants are one of a variety of ways to replace missing teeth.
An implant is a titanium screw which is placed in the bone of the jaw and is then used to support a new tooth, bridge or denture. A formal dental implant consultation is essential as treatment options vary.
Quite often it is not necessary to place as many implants as the number of teeth that have been lost in the past and it is only after an in depth examination and discussion that a satisfactory treatment plan is reached.
Implants are a safe and reliable treatment that is usually done with a local anaesthetic allowing the patient to go home that day.
The initial treatment stage is the placing of the implant. The gum is then closed over and the implant is allowed to bind into the bone for the next few months and become really stable. During this healing phase, we ensure that a temporary denture or bridge can be worn to avoid noticeable gaps.
After sufficient time has been allowed for healing, the next stage involves uncovering the implant and impressions are taken once the gum is deemed suitably healthy. The crown/bridge or denture is then connected to the new tooth to the implant.
Sedation for Implants
Intravenous (IV) sedation is a technique used in dentistry to help nervous or anxious patients relax. It involves giving a small injection in your arm. This gives you a feeling of relaxation although you will not actually be asleep.
One of the effects of IV sedation is that patients do not remember what has happened while they are sedated, so it is particularly useful for more invasive treatments such as extractions or implant placements.
Patients opting for IV sedation have to bring an escort to accompany them home and will have to take things easy for the rest of the day, as the effects of the sedation do take longer to wear off.
Your safety and well being is of paramount importance to us. That is why a detailed medical history will be taken at your pre assessment appointment. It is essential that these questions be answered as accurately and honestly by you. In addition, your blood pressure will be checked and recorded at this time.
Your dentist will discuss with you what will happen and answer any questions you may have at the pre assessment visit. Once you have been given all the information you will be asked to sign a consent form so that we are satisfied you understand the procedures involved.