We can provide dental implant treatment for people who have lost a tooth as a result of decay, gum disease or an accident. The revolutionary treatment could provide a life-changing solution for individuals suffering from a lack of self esteem.
Dental implants are titanium metal rods that are placed into the jawbone as a replacement for a missing tooth. The installations can be used to support one or more false teeth and have been proven to remain in place on a long-term basis.
As part of the process, we will carry out extensive examinations to ensure the jawbone is suitable for the treatment. The checks are carried out to determine if the bone has resorbed over time after a tooth has been removed.
The emergence of new technology means that many patients may qualify to receive same day teeth as an alternative to the traditional implantology, which usually takes several months to complete.
Patients who have undergone the procedure may feel slight discomfort at first, but are then able to eat and drink as normal while regaining the ability to speak without difficulty.
Overdentures are attached and supported by dental implants when a patient does not have any teeth remaining in the jaw. The removable nature of this type of denture means it is extremely convenient to clean efficiently.
During this process, two to four dental implants are placed in the bone at the front of the mouth in order to provide as much support as possible for the overdenture using either bar-retained or ball-retained methods.
Overall, the procedure takes a few months but it could take up to a year, particularly if bone grafting or any alternative preliminary treatments is required.
Bone grafting is often needed when there is not enough bone available to install an implant. This process is an ongoing issue for people who have dentures as a result of the changing shape of the jaw when a patient loses their natural teeth.
During this procedure, the bone grafting material provides a stimulus for the existing bone to grow onto, which will eventually provide an environment suitable for the placement of dental implants.
A similar treatment that adds bone to the upper jaw is a Sinus lift. As part of this process, patients will undergo surgery to separate the maxillary sinus lining from the jaw by gently pushing the two tissues apart.
Following this, granules of bone-graft material will be packed into the place where the sinus was previously located and then closed with stitches. After the operation, patients usually need six to nine months to heal before a dental implant can be placed.
Patients can rest assured that where appropriate we are able to use SimPlant software before carrying out dental implant surgery to accurately locate the best place to place their dental implants. This system allows us to view a 3D image of the bone anatomy and gain an in-depth knowledge of the layout of an individual patients jaw bone and soft tissues.
In addition, the clinic uses advanced sterilisation equipment to ensure implant dentistry is carried out in the cleanest and safest possible environment.
Pearl Dental Clinic is one of few clinics in UK that Provide dental implant crowns using the iTero digital scanning system.
The iTero handheld wand takes a digital, 3D image of your implant abutment, preventing the need for traditional impressions which can cause some patients to gag. You can look at the iTero 3D image of your dental implant abutment on the screen in real-time.
Rather than posting impressions to the lab to be poured up which could take weeks, the digital image is electronically sent to the dental laboratory immediately and is available for them to work on the case immediately.
The accuracy and detail of the iTero digital scans vs traditional dental implant impressions is kind of like watching high definition TV over standard definition TV.
These digital scans don’t need to be rescanned so by removing the “clay modelling step” we have greatly improved the accuracy and the speed of your dental bridge treatment.