When it comes to implants, we work closely with the Periodontist who looks after the implant surgery and planning.
Once the implant has been placed and it has integrated and is ready to be restored, Dr Shibata will complete the treatment by restoring the implant crown.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a titanium metal screw which is placed into the jawbone. It is used to support one or more false teeth.
Are implants safe? How long will they last?
Can I still have implants?
Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?
Implant placement may depend on the state of the bone in your jaw. Dr Shibata will refer you to see a Periodontist to assess the amount of bone still present. If there is not enough, or if it isn’t healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.
Do implants hurt?
Placing the implants requires a small operation. This can be carried out under local anaesthetic with sedation or with a general anaesthetic. You will not feel any pain at the time, but you may feel some discomfort during the week following the surgery. This is usually due to having stitches in place, and the normal healing process.
Can I have the implant restored straight away?
The implant may be restored straight away in selected cases however the implant more commonly requires sufficient time to bond (integrate) with the bone after they have been placed. This takes at least 3 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper jaw. It may be necessary to fabricate a temporary partial denture if the implant is to be placed in the anterior regions of the mouth.
Each implant treatment duration depends on how complicated your treatment is. Your dentist will be able to give you a timetable once the surgery has been done.
Are the teeth difficult to clean?
Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that give you problems and you’ll be shown methods to help.
If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the teeth attached to the implants?
Do I have an implant for each missing tooth?
What if I get hit in the face?
What happens if the implant does not bond (integrate) with the bone?
Is the treatment expensive?
Unfortunately, yes. However, in many situations, the cost of the treatment is only a little more than the cost of more conventional treatment with crowns and bridges.
There are advantages to it, too. An implant to replace a single tooth avoids the need to cut down the healthy teeth on either side for crowns to support a bridge. Normal dentures often mean you can’t eat or speak well, due to the dentures moving about. Implants are a more permanent solution.