Will it hurt?
No, we numb the gums, so you will not feel anything during treatment. Post-operative pain is not usually a problem for patients either, and any of the simple painkillers you might take for a headache will be all that might be needed for a day or two.
How are dental implants placed?
The whole procedure can be done simply in the dental chair. As it is a surgical procedure we use strict sterile conditions. After the gums are numbed, the gum is gently lifted and special instruments prepare the site for the implant. After the implant is in position, soft stitches will be used to help the healing. Approximately eight to twelve weeks later the implant will be locked in place and can be gently uncovered so that a small button can be screwed into the implant. This will form the correct contour in the gum. One week later, an impression is taken of the implant and sent with the right colour match to the laboratory to construct the new crown. Two weeks later, the crown is fitted.
Why is gum health so important before having dental implants?
Gum health around all your teeth is essential before considering dental implants to replace missing teeth. Without it you may be risking gum disease around your dental implant. We make sure you have gum health, or return you to gum health if necessary, prior to implant treatment. Having a gum specialist (Periodontist) involved in your implant treatment may also help you to avoid losing any other teeth to gum disease and save some teeth that were going to be replaced with a dental implant. Dr Pedja Pavlovic follows a very specific protocol for patients who want implants but have been diagnosed with gum disease.
Will I be without teeth during treatment?
No, you can continue to wear your denture or temporary bridge. If you do not already have a denture or bridge we will make one for you so that you do not have a gap.
If I am really anxious, can you make it more comfortable for me?
We have very effective means by which you can achieve a relaxed state, so there is no need for you to be anxious and nervous. Some patients prefer to have their implants placed under conscious sedation. A carefully controlled amount of sedative (valium-like substance) is placed in the arm, by our consultant anesthetist, to help relax you.
Can implants be placed at the same time as removing the tooth?
Sometimes it is possible to take out the tooth and place the implant at the same appointment. The advantage here is that it shortens treatment time. Immediate placement of the implant following tooth extraction is an acceptable treatment approach and has scientific support. However, each case has to be selected on its merits, as this approach, can in some cases, involve more risk of complications.
How long will the implants last?
Research and clinical studies show that implants are a predictable, long-lasting and successful treatment option. Such is our success rate that we will guarantee any implant in the first year, which means that if one of your dental implants does not lock into the bone we will replace the implant and do the surgical replacement free of charge.
Some people have their implants for life, however maintenance after the implant placement is essential for the health of the tissue around the implant and the longevity of the implant and the crown on top.
We advise all our patients on the required maintenance programme appropriate to them and it is much the same as that for the surviving natural teeth.