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Implantology at The Forum with Dr Richard Anderson: A new lease of life for you and your teeth
Dental implants are a very modern procedure that have become increasingly popular in recent times. Their success can be attributed to their versatility in not only replacing teeth, but also giving excellent retention for previously loose dentures.
On a day to day basis the look, comfort, and durability of teeth are one of the most important things for people, and implants can leave our patients with full confidence with eating and smiling, with no discomfort whatsoever!
At The Forum we will only use the highest quality materials, and as such Dr Anderson uses state of the art Straumann implant system.
Implantology: Everything you’ve always wanted to ask!
A question and answer session with our implantologist:
I have heard about implantology and what a difference it could make to your life, regardless of age. So what are implants and why are they becoming so popular?
Yes they certainly can make a big difference!
Dental implants are the modern way of replacing one or more missing or severely damaged teeth.
Part of the reason dental implants have become so popular is that they can stabilise loose dentures and replace missing teeth – resulting in various benefits such as improved eating and speaking, which in turn will bring you new confidence and comfort!
The implant itself is a titanium substitute for a natural tooth root. Each implant is carefully placed into a socket through a healthy part of the patients jaw. The healing process takes place under the gums and usually takes between 3-5 months.
During this healing period the surrounding bone grows and matures around the surface of the implant. Once the healing is complete the implants can support either a removable denture, a single tooth, or a fixed bridge. The implants and/or teeth they support look and feel like real teeth, and ensure patients experience full dental comfort (more comfort that a traditional denture could ever offer). Unlike dentures, implants are guaranteed to stay secured in the mouth, whilst helping to maintain the shape and structure of the jaw.
Am I suitable for Dental Implants?
If you have good general health, or a well controlled medical condition, it is possible to undergo implant treatment.
However, habits such as excessive drinking or smoking can affect the short and long term success of your implant treatment, so naturally I would discourage this if you are interested in treatment. It is also widely advised that implants should be placed in a healthy and stable mouth. So before implant treatment the treatment of gum disease, repair of decayed teeth and elimination of abscesses are essential for successful implant treatment.
If you are unsure about the current health of your mouth do not worry, as all implant patients are given an initial extensive consultation to determine suitability for treatment.
If I go ahead with implant treatment, what will be involved?
As described above, dental implants involve a minor surgical procedure, and we understand that some patients may be anxious about this. You can rest assured thought that all your queries will be discussed before treatment begins as there are several methods we can use to help you to be in a relaxed state for treatment. Sedation is usually the most popular way, with two methods that can be utilised. We can either use oral sedation, where a small dose of a short acting sedative is given, or intravenous sedation where a carefully controlled amount of sedative is administered through a vein for as long as the treatment takes. During this procedure your heart rate and oxygen levels are closely monitored. This is known as conscious sedation, and is an extremely safe and effective means of relieving anxiety.
How will the implant process affect me on a day to day basis?
Although there may be some minor pain and discomfort during the procedure, the overall process is relatively pain free and patients can find themselves able to resume their normal eating habits shortly after treatment.
What is the cost of the treatment?
Costs vary between patients depending on the scale of the treatment to be undertaken; please speak to our implant co-ordinator for an individually-tailored dental plan, including if required a procedure by procedure monthly breakdown of payments and appointments.