Panoral Dental Implants

Dental Implants - Facts

Dental Implants are used to replace missing teeth. The surgery itself can usually be finished in under an hour for a simple procedure. This involves having a splint secured to the jaw which will then be mounted with the manufactured tooth. The teeth are designed in a laboratory to match the individuals needs and are made of metal and porcelain. Patients can usually choose weather or not to be sedated depending on the scale of the surgery and this is usually advisable for patients needing multiple implants. Dental implants are preferred by some as they are more secure in the mouth than dentures and function more like natural teeth. This stops the gum pain that some people experience with dentures when eating hard or tough foods such as an apple or a piece of toffee. Another advantage is improved aesthetics as implants are usually indistinguishable from natural teeth. For this reason dental implants have recently appeared on popular TV makeover shows such as Channel 4's "10 years younger" and ABC's "Extreme Makeover". This has also made implants more desirable to patients with tooth loss rather than using dentures or bridges.

What Happens During Surgery

To begin, you will receive anaesthetic to numb your mouth ahead of surgery.

dental implants are often more secure that dentures and give a more natural feeling

You may have a general or local anaesthetic administered, along with a sedative if deemed necessary, depending on how many implants will need to be fitted. It is possible for more than one implant to be inserted during one operation, although this will of course increase the length of the procedure. Your surgeon will drill a small hole into the jawbone, through which they will insert the implant. The procedure can be an immediate implant, an immediate-delayed implant, or a delayed implant depending on when the implant can be fitted through this hole.

If you have had teeth removed ahead of your surgery, your surgeon may be able to directly install an implant into the socket, which is known as an immediate implant. If they have to wait a few weeks to fit the implant, this is known as an immediate-delayed implant, while delayed implants will be inserted a number of months after the initial hole is made. Immediate-delayed and delayed implants can be carried out in one or two stages; in one-stage treatment, the rod and the abutment that secures the implant to the false tooth are fitted together at the same time, while in two-stage treatment, the implant rod and abutment are fitted in two separate procedures.


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Risks

If you have undergone dental implant surgery, there is the chance that you will encounter some complications and side effects after the procedure.

You may be at risk of suffering an adverse reaction to the general anaesthesia, and you could experience excessive bleeding after the surgery. Common side-effects including pain, swelling and discomfort around the implant. To manage this discomfort, you can take an over-the-counter painkiller such as paracetamol. There is the risk too of nerve damage, which can occur when the nerve that supplies damage to the lower jaw, teeth and gums is damaged during surgery. Although your dentist will carry out x-rays and CT scans ahead of the procedure to confirm the positioning of the nerves and minimize the risk of such damage, there is a risk that it can occur regardless. If you do sustain nerve damage, you could encounter temporary or permanent tingling and/or numbness along with pain.

Regarding the success of the procedure itself, there is a risk that the jawbone will fail to fuse with the titaniam implant, causing it to become loose. This means that a false tooth cannot be attached to it, and so you may have to have the procedure repeated and a new implant installed.


Cost

Prices for the implants themselves start at around £800 and go up to £3,000, however there are more often than not, extra costs involved such as a consultation charge (up to £150) and a hygienist visit before the procedure. This is when the pan-oral X-ray is carried out in order to get a scan of the whole mouth (around £50-£100 per hour). These prices are based on dental surgeries in the UK, however some people seek cheaper surgery abroad. Some of the most popular places for surgery abroad include Spain, India, Croatia, Budapest, Hungary and Poland. The cost abroad starts from around £350 which is less than half of the lowest UK price, however other things should be taken into consideration such as flight costs and post-op check ups which would still need to be paid for in the UK to avoid taking multiple trips abroad.

After Surgery

Once the implants are fitted and they have integrated with the surrounding bone (which can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months depending on the condition of the bone), they should function in the same way as natural teeth and, like natural teeth they need to be regularly brushed and flossed and regular dental check-ups should be arranged. The implants usually last for 15-30 years when looked after as advised. Dental studies show that over 95% of implants are still functioning after 15 years and can last a lifetime if properly cared for.

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