Dental implants are titanium anchors that are placed in the jawbone. They are well accepted by the human body that, in time they become fixed firmly and can support crowns, bridges and dentures to replace missing teeth.
Dental implant treatment can provide the solution to missing or failing teeth and the problems that this causes:
- Cosmetic concerns
- Problems eating
- Loose or uncomfortable dentures
- Confidence in your current dental situation
In suitable patients dental implants now provide a trusted and predictable solution to these problems.
Implants can support crowns and bridges to replace missing teeth, and is now considered the ‘gold standard’ to replace missing teeth. Implants can also be used to secure and stabilise dentures, which makes them much more tolerated and gives the patient confidence.
For patients who are anxious about the procedure we offer sedation to help make the whole process as easy as possible.
Dental Implants can also help to provide a more youthful appearance by tackling signs of ageing in the face that are of dental origin.
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Joanna Sutcliffe, BDS Brist 1995 MCGDent(UK) 2002 BDS MCGent(UK) DPDS Dip Implants MSc Restorative Dentistry
Joanna qualified from Bristol with Honours in 1995.
She continued her studies at the Eastman Dental Institute, Peninsula Dental School and Bristol University. She achieved Diplomas in Dental implants and a Masters Degree in Restorative dentistry. She sits on the Board of the Association of Dental Implantology, a charity whose focus is educating dentists and patients about implant therapies.
Joanna strives for excellence in her field and believes in working with you and the whole dental team to achieve a healthy mouth that will last for many years helping to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible. Being broadly trained across a range of disciplines, she can provide you with comprehensive care for all your needs, in particular sedation for anxious patients, complex ‘mouth rebuilds’, cosmetic treatments and implants. Her key message is about building a relationship centred around mutual trust and respect to ensure all treatment options will be considered and recommendations discussed.
Diagnosis and treatment planning
It starts with a conversation with our treatment co-ordinators who will listen to your needs.
At an initial appointment, Joanna will examine your dental situation carefully to decide if you are suitable for dental implant treatment. It is essential that your gums and jaw bone are free from inflammation/infection. If necessary, these conditions are treated prior to surgery.
During diagnosis, Joanna will also evaluate what type of jaw bone you have and how much of it is left. After years of living with missing teeth, your jaw bone can sometimes be severely reduced. In this case, she will discuss alternative procedures with you to make dental implant treatment possible.
We use digital tools to help simulate and plan your treatment by generating an exact 3D image of your mouth. We can take a 3D x-ray scan for planning using our in-house CBCT machine. This will help the dental team immensely during surgery because it helps them find the best position for your implant.
Placing the implant
Implant placement usually is an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. Depending on the individual situation in your mouth, implants are placed in a one or multiple-step procedure under dental sedation if necessary.
After surgery the integration of implant and bone takes place (osseointegration). Depending on your individual situation, it can take from a few weeks to a few months. In the meantime, your dentist will work with a dental laboratory to design and manufacture your final restoration. Your customized crown, bridge or bar is then attached to the implant with a tiny screw or cement. In some cases, you may be able to have a replacement tooth/teeth straight away.
Interim teeth placement may be recommended during the healing phase.
Link to website – https://consideringdentalimplants.co.uk/
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