Implants

DENTAL IMPLANTS

Brighten up your smile

Dental implants can be a successful method for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants also help preserve the remaining bone by providing the stimulation previously provided by the natural tooth roots.

There are numerous advantages of dental implant treatment over other treatment options. For example it is unnecessary to grind down the adjacent teeth for a bridge, or secure a partial denture to adjacent teeth with clasps or hooks which can cause tooth loosening. Implant supported replacement teeth spare patients many of the disadvantages of traditional false teeth.

Implant supported replacement teeth spare patients many of the disadvantages of traditional false teeth.


Types of implants

Anterior single tooth replacement

Benefits of Implant Supported Crown • Helps to preserve bone • Does not compromise adjacent teeth by grinding them down for a bridge or securing a partial denture to them • Same home care as natural teeth

Posterior tooth replacement

Benefits of Implant Supported Crown • Helps to preserve bone • Does not compromise adjacent teeth by grinding them down for a bridge

Posterior tooth replacement (multiple)

Benefits of Implant Supported Crown and Bridge • Helps to preserve bone • Does not compromise adjacent teeth by grinding them down for a bridge or securing a partial denture to them • Increases stability and comfort • Restores chewing capacity

Complete lower tooth replacement

Benefits of Implant Supported Bridge or Overdenture • Helps in preserving the remaining bone and in maintaining the integrity of facial structure • Eliminates the need for adhesives and reduces the chance of pain from ill- fitting dentures • Increased stability restores chewing capacity and may improve speech.

Complete upper tooth replacement

Benefits of Implant Supported Bridge or Overdenture • Helps to maintain integrity of facial structures by helping to preserve the remaining bone • Restores lost lip support and therefore can minimise the appearance of wrinkles • Option of leaving the roof of the mouth uncovered • Increased stability restores chewing capacity • Eliminates the need for adhesive and reduces the chance of pain from ill- fitting dentures


Treatment planning

At Claremont we pride ourselves on the extensive planning that goes into every case. This is crucial to best avoid unforeseeable complications during the surgical stage of treatment and the long term performance of the implant.

At an initial consultation we discuss your requirements and determine whether alternative options such as dentures or fixed bridges may be more suitable to replace your lost teeth. We will also investigate the condition of your jaws and teeth to be satisfied of good oral hygiene and healthy dental state.
We clearly explain the cost of your treatment and make you aware of any risks involved. For example smoking, some medical conditions and certain medicines can reduce the chances of success.


Treatment requirements

Patient requirements Patients will only be accepted for implant treatment if they maintain a high level of plaque control and good oral hygiene. There should be no medical conditions that would contraindicate the procedure and it is important to inform us of any changes arising to your general health or medical condition.

After care and maintenance Implants are not fit and forget – they need the same care and attention as natural teeth. On completion of treatment it will be necessary to attend a number of recall appointments to check the condition of the implant and to adjust the bite if required. Regular dental check-ups will be required along with regular hygiene maintenance appointments, as a build of plaque will cause gum problems and possible bone loss from around your implant, which could resulting in its eventual failure. On occasion there is a need to change the crowns or service the denture. The chance of this is higher in patients who grind or clench their teeth, and would be the same for implants as for all dental restorations.


Frequently asked questions

Costs? The initial cost of implant treatments vary depending on the complexity of each case: how many implants are needed and if bone grafting is required.

What are the risks? Depending on medical or other conditions of each patient, potential risk factors may vary. Every surgical procedure carries potential risks and these will be discussed with you prior to treatment.

Is surgery painful? Dental implants are generally inserted under local anaesthetic.

Am I too old/young for implants? As soon as the jaw has stopped growing it is possible to insert implants. In young patients, dental implants can therefore only be used once their jaw bones are fully developed. At the other end of the spectrum, there is no age limit, given of course that the patient does not display any significant medical risk factors.

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