Plowman & Partners - A Centre of Clinical Excellence
Our post-graduate and specialist training in the assessment and fitting of dental implants gives you the confidence that your procedure will be carried out to the highest clinical standards. Within our practice we have dental surgeons skilled in restorative dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics. We are therefore able to offer our patients an integrated care plan that can be completed 'in-house'.
We operate to the highest standards of hygiene and the prevention of infection. This is a critical requirement for all our dental procedures.
Implant fitting stages
In a few cases it can be possible to place the implant at the same time as the failed tooth is removed. However for several clinical reasons our preference is to fit an implant in stages, spread over perhaps six appointments over a few months.
If the clinical assessment shows that bone is too thin or shallow to support an implant then there will need to be a bone graft to provide a firm anchor for the implant. If needed, a bone graft will always be carried out by a Partner who has undertaken the additional training for this procedure. Once this bone graft has healed the implant can be fitted into a secure foundation.
The first step of the implant procedure is to fit the screw-threaded implant rod into the bone. This usually involves lifting a small 'flap' of gum to give access to the bone, the drilling of a precisely sized and precisely positioned and angled hole and then the fitting of the implant The incision in the gum is then closed. Needless to say this part of the process is done with the appropriate anaesthesia and has no more discomfort than routine dental procedures. Some soreness after the procedure can be controlled by normal painkillers for a few days.
The gum then needs to heal and the new implant to integrate with the bone; typically taking a few weeks. During this time a temporary tooth can be placed to fill the gap. Subsequent appointments are then arranged to fit the new tooth onto the implant to complete the permanent replacement tooth.
Do you need more information on implants?
We hope that the information on these pages has given you a good feel for what is involved in fitting dental implants. To take the next step towards regaining self confidence and an attractive smile, please do feel free to contact us for a no-obligation discussion of your specific case. We look forward to helping you.