Hundreds of different types of dental implants are produced by many other manufacturers worldwide.
Most of them are based on the same theme. In that, they tend to be screw-shaped of various sizes and lengths. They are made of titanium because titanium is biocompatible with the bone, and the bone will grow on it.
They are screw-shaped so that they can be inserted into the bone and will be stable when they’re placed. The implant’s surface is treated to attract the cells from the bone. And not only encourages early healing but will also maintain the bone over a long time.
There is also a method of connecting the teeth to the implant.
Implants don’t necessarily last a patient’s life, but they can. But in reality, just like anything involving biology and mechanics, there will be compromises and failures along the way.
The best way to maintain implant treatment for the duration of a patient’s life is to diagnose and plan and execute it properly to start with and ensure that the implant is looked after both in terms of dental hygiene and also in terms of controlling the loads that are placed on it over some time. Natural teeth wear.
Natural teeth move. Implants tend not to move. So, if the implant is in a suitable environment when you first place it into the mouth, you must keep checking that it’s well looked after, kept clean, and not adversely loaded as the patient’s mouth changes over time.
And we keep abreast of all those things for the duration of the implant’s lifetime. So, it’s not just about doing the treatment. It’s about looking after the treatment over the next 10-15 years as well.
Different Designs for Connecting a Dental Implant
There are lots of different connection designs. And the importance of these connection designs is that they must be stable over a long time as they will be subjected to repeated loading. So, an implant is effectively a way of attaching a mechanical joint in a biological environment. And as long as the materials used are of high quality and the execution of the treatments is of a high standard, implants can last for many years.
Which design doesn’t matter so much as how the implant design is used? And over some time, we know what works, which design features work, what materials work, and what connection designs work. And we think a bit like cars on a wind tunnel; everything gradually converges at the ideal design. And we believe a few implant systems are now in the immensely successful market and are the market leaders. And we are proud to use one of those.
An implant needs to replace a natural tooth. Natural teeth are designed to last for the whole of a patient’s life. So, when a tooth is lost, not only do you lose the tooth, you also lose the surrounding bone and the gum and also create stability in the rest of the mouth where the teeth tend to move.
As well as executing the actual treatment to start with and making sure that you replace not only the root of the tooth but also all of the tissues around it and the bone and the gum, it also means that whatever you place there has to be maintained for the period of the patient’s life.
Knowledge in Dental Care
There is a lot of knowledge in dental care, as in any field. And how you apply that knowledge is based on experience, is based on your knowledge, and is also very much on educating your patients as to what it is you’re exactly doing.
Many patients may have a limited conception of what it is we do, but when you look at all of the information and look at all the decisions that we take and all of the aspects that we look out for, during treatment, patients who come here suddenly realize that it’s not that straightforward. They have to look at not just the treatment aspects but also the maintenance aspects of what they have in their mouth.
We ensure that we give quality treatment by planning everything properly, diagnosing everything correctly, and providing that when we carry out the treatment, we do it in a documented fashion so that we can look back and see what we’ve done five-ten years down the line; see what works see, what hasn’t worked and why it hasn’t worked.
And quality, as they say, is not just an accident. It is the culmination of many decisions based on knowledge and experience, which is something. Unfortunately, you only get over time. So we try to make sure that we learn from it every time we do something and apply it to the next thing we carry out.
Informing The Person Who Intends to Have The Implant
We think you must have an excellent rapport with the person you are treating. Experience counts for a lot, but there are people with less experience with better knowledge and better abilities and people with lots of experience with not such excellent knowledge and skills.
But all in all, we think you need to understand what’s being done, why it’s being done, to have it appropriately explained to you, for it to be adequately documented so that you have a record of what’s been done to you, and ensure that when you ask a question, it’s satisfactorily answered. If you have any doubts, do seek a second opinion, and we encourage all of our patients to go and seek a second opinion.
We approach it here by trying to diagnose everything and giving the patient all the information they require to make a decision. We go pretty in-depth. We spend a lot of time on it. And we ensure that when the patient has treatment with us, they are on our side.
They’re with us, they understand what we’re trying to do, they cooperate with us, and they also understand what it is that they’re spending time and money and effort on and why it takes the time and costs money it does to be able to get them the result that they want.
It would help to find somebody you trust to treat you how you want to be treated. And that depends on your ethos as well. Not every dentist is for every patient, and vice versa.
Treatment Planning for Dental Implants
We think there are many developments. We believe technology is being honed. But it isn’t just about technology. We think it’s about the fact that the dental profession is becoming more knowledgeable and more proficient at what we do.
We think it’s also a case that the patients are becoming better educated. There are lots of ways and techniques for treating somebody, but the basis of it must always be that there is a correct diagnosis. And we have lots of diagnostic tools at our disposal these days.
There are different ways of recording the treatment we do and of planning the therapy, we do. Everything is digitized and computerized, and reproducible. We can plan on computers; we can design all of the treatments we will do well in advance.
The use of tomography and CT scanning, computer planning, and intraoral scanning with digital scanners allow us to almost replicate a patient in digital form and do all of our planning. This is making a big difference. But at the end of the day, it’s all about communication. There’s no point in having all the technology if it’s impossible to communicate to the patient why we’re doing what we’re doing. So yes, technology is increasing.
We have lots of different– in every field, there are advances. But the main one is still communicating with the patient. That is still the bit of technology that still needs that personal touch.
Dental Implants Procedure
Dental Implants Procedure are you missing a single tooth in the past? The dentist had to grind two adjacent teeth, however perfect and healthy, to support a partial denture.
This caused irrevocable damage to the supporting teeth and quickly accumulated contaminants in the space between the denture and the gums. Promoting gingivitis deterioration of the bone around the teeth and recession of the gums. All this resulted in an unattractive appearance and, eventually, the loss of the adjacent teeth.
Dental implant technology is the solution a screw is inserted into the bone under local anesthesia. Within a few months, this initial implant will become a firm foundation set naturally in position, replacing the natural root. A temporary crown fills the missing tooth’s space; an elementary process size completes the permanent crown again, and distance is measured.
The colour of the natural teeth is examined to create a perfect match with a new crown. The crown is secured into the implant using a screw or special cement without anesthesia, causing no pain. The implant does not damage any of the other teeth, plus it feels and looks like a truly integral part of the mouth.