You may require dental implants for single or multiple missing teeth. Your dentist or prosthodontist will refer you to us to prepare for and to place the implants.
Dental implants are titanium screws that can be inserted into either your top or bottom jaw as an artificial replacement for natural tooth roots. Once integrated, they provide a stable base for crowns, bridges or dentures.
Your initial consultation will involve discussion, and assessment of your suitability for dental implant surgery. A successful implant outcome depends on the state of your gums, the quality and quantity of bone in your jaw, and the state of the surrounding tissues. There are other associated factors such as smoking, or gum infections that may modify the process of implant placement.
We may send you for a special dental scan to assess the bone and probable position of implant.
You may also need preparatory procedures to facilitate the placement of implants, such as bone grafting and elevating the floor of the sinus in the upper jaw.
Once a treatment plan is decided, the procedure would be performed either under Local Anaesthetic at our clinic, or under General Anaesthetic in a hospital as a day surgery procedure. The procedure itself may not take any longer than sixty minutes, but you may be in the recovery for a while after a general anaesthetic.
The team looking after you will consist of a surgeon, a surgically trained dental assistant, and an anaesthetist (if under general anaesthetic)
It is normal to experience some post-operative symptoms, like pain, discomfort and mild oozing, after implant surgery.
We will ensure that you are kept informed and as comfortable as possible during your post-operative journey with us. We will provide you with a post-operative take home pack which will include post-operative instructions, a pack of gauze, and a special syringe for keeping the surgery sites clean if indicated. You will be provided with a prescription for painkillers, and antibiotics if required, your follow-up appointment, and an after-hours emergency contact number. Please inform us if you require a medical certificate.
We will communicate with your referring dentist about the procedure and the placement of the implant.
Once the implant has united well with the jaw bone, you will be referred back to your dentist or prosthodontist, who will provide you with the artificial tooth/teeth or dentures. Please obtain a quote for this from them.
Our team at CADS would be happy to answer any questions you may have.