Hundreds of different types of dental implants are produced by lots of different manufacturers around the world.
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 surface of the implant is treated in such a way that it attracts 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 the whole of a patient’s life, but they can. But in reality, just like anything where biology is involved and where mechanics are involved, 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 good environment when you first place it into the mouth, you have to 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 of 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, we know which design features work, what materials work, what connection designs work. And we think a bit like cars on a wind tunnel, everything starts to kind of gradually converge at the ideal design. And we think there are a few implant systems now on the market that are very successful, and they 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 the knowledge you have, and also based 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 and they have to look at not just the treatment aspects, but also the maintenance aspects of what they’re having in their mouth.
We ensure that we give quality treatment by planning everything properly, by diagnosing everything properly, and ensuring 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 every time we do something, we learn from it and apply it to the next thing that we carry out.
Informing The Person Who Intends to Have The Implant
We think you have to have a very good rapport with the person that you are having treatment with. 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 great knowledge and abilities. But all in all, we think you need to understand what’s being done, why it’s being done, to have it explained properly to you, for it to be documented properly so that you have a record of what’s been done to you, and ensure that when you ask a question it’s answered properly. If you have any doubts, then do seek a second opinion, and we encourage all of our patients to go and seek a second opinion. The way we approach it here is we try to diagnose everything and give the patient all of the information that they require to make a decision. We go quite in-depth. We spend a lot of time on it. And we ensure that when the patient has treatment with us they’re actually 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. You have to find somebody who you trust to treat you the way 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 think 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, of planning the treatment we do. Everything is digitized and computerized and reproducible. We can plan on computers, we can design all of the treatments that we’re going to do well in advance. The use of tomography and CT scanning, the use of computer planning, the use of intraoral scanning with digital scanners allows us to almost replicate a patient in digital form and do all of our planning to start with. This is making a big difference. But at the end of the day, again, it’s all about communication. There’s no point having all the technology if it’s not possible 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 made it easy for contaminants to accumulate 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. The space of the missing tooth is filled by a temporary crown the permanent crown is completed again by a truly simple process size and distance are measured, and 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 using no anesthesia and 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.