DENTAL IMPLANTS AT McMANUS & SCOTT
The ideal solution for missing teeth or loose dentures
McManus and Scott Dental Surgeries are delighted to offer customers treatment using dental implants. Dr Gerard Skeffington, one of our associate dentist’s has vast experience and a particular interest in dental implants and cosmetic restorations. The following information will be useful for patients who are considering having dental implants or those who simply wish to know a little more about the treatment.
WHAT EXACTLY ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Dental implants are the latest treatment used to replace gaps in the teeth left when teeth are severely decayed or lost through injury. An implant is a root analogue used to replace the missing root of a tooth. The implant is fitted into the socket in the jaw bone and therafter used as an anchor point to attach a new crown, bridge or denture to. Dental implants are manufactured using a special type of titanium alloy, which is very biocompatible and does not irritate the tissue in the gum.
HOW ARE THE IMPLANTS FITTED?
Before the procedure the patient will be given local anaesthetic to ensure they don’t feel any pain during the treatment. During the procedure we will make a small hole in the jaw bone in which the dental implant will be held in place. The implant is left to heal for a period of around 3-6 months to allow bone and soft tissue to heal and the implant to fully integrate. Once healing is complete a permanent restoration can be fitted.
HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT TAKE?
Usually, the procedure to fit a dental implant takes between one and two hours.
WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?
Patients with missing teeth may also consider having a dental bridge or a set of partial or complete dentures. However, dental implants are widely regarded as the best treatment as they last for much longer and do not cause any discomfort.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OVER BRIDGES AND DENTURES?
There are many advantages of dental implants over both dentures and dental bridges. The most attractive advantage is the fact that the implant generally out last the others provided it is carefully looked after. This will prevent having to have numerous dental appointments to replace or adjust restorations and dental devices. Secondly, dental implants are much more comfortable than dentures. Once the implant has healed fully, the restored implant crown will work in exactly the same way as a normal tooth. Some patients find dentures are rather bulky and can cause discomfort; in addition dentures may limit what foods they can eat. Dental implants also discourage bone loss and help maintain facial boney architecture, which isn’t the case with dentures. Dental bridges can only be used when the teeth surrounding the gap are healthy and strong, while dental implants are supported by the jaw bone and will not affect the other teeth.
ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS ALWAYS A SUCCESS?
DENTAL IMPLANTS do fail from time to time. The success for implants is very high in the region of 93-95% in non-smokers. Smokers have a higher risk of failure especially if grafting is required. Also smokers have greater periodontal problems i.e. recession, bone loss etc. Implant surgery near and around existing crowns may cause recession and make the margins visible with adjacent crowns needing replaced. Should your implants fail within the first year we will take all steps possible to replace the implants
ARE THERE ANY RISKS OR COMPLICATIONS INVOLVED?
Like all procedures, there are risks of complications. The most common complications include post op bruising, swelling and discomfort, which settles in a few days.
ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE?
Dental implants are not suitable for everyone but they can be used on most patients. The success of a dental implant procedure is largely dependent on the bone density in the jaw; i.e there must be enough bone and the bone must be dense enough to support an implant. Nowadays, dentists can perform bone grafts on patients that don’t have sufficient bone mass in their jaw. Bone grafting is fairly straightforward and makes it possible for most people to have dental implants. It is not advised to have dental implants on under 18’s because their jaw bones are not fully formed.
CAN I HAVE MY NEW TEETH STRAIGHT AWAY?
No, your implants will need time to integrate with the bone tissue. This process usually takes around three-six months. While the gums heal and the implant integrates into the bone temporary restorations will be used.
WILL EACH MISSING TOOTH NEED A NEW IMPLANT?
No. A single implant will be used for a single missing tooth, but implants can support 2 or 3 teeth in many cases.
The team at McManus and Scott will be more than happy to discuss treatment options with you and help you decide which treatment is best for you.