Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Having a tooth extracted can be a traumatic experience leading to feelings of insecurity and self-consciousness. However, there are a number of treatment options available to restore the function and appearance.

An unrestored extraction space can not only look unsightly but also makes eating certain foods difficult and can destabilise the adjacent tooth alignment. This in turn can lead to further dental treatment being necessary.

We are registered users of Densply, Astratech, Straumann and several other dental implant systems.  We are able to maximise the final result by choosing the system most appropriate for your case.

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Option 1 – Dental Implant

dental-implantsWhat is a dental implant ?
An implant is small titanium screw that is placed into the jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. Once healed the implant acts as a base for fixing a crown , bridge or even a denture.

Advantages
• Better quality of life * ( Awad et al, J dent Res 2000)
• Natural & aesthetic appearance
• Healthy teeth are not cut down
• A long term solution
• Offers stability and reliability

Considerations
• Treatment times variable depending on the complexity of the case
• Initial costs may be higher, however in many caes implants offer a more economical solution in the long term
• Smoking or poor dental hygiene may affect the success of dental implant treatment

Option 2 – Partial dentures

Advantages
• Gives the impression of having teeth
• Can aid eating certain kinds of foods
• Easily modified

Considerations
• Less support and stability than secured / fixed options
• Food can collect under denture
• May affect speech
• Can be uncomfortable to wear

Option 3 – Bridge

dental-bridgeA bridge is two or more ceramic teeth fused as a single section that is fixed to at least one of the adjacent teeth. Short span cantilever bridges involve two teeth, a supporting abutment tooth and the missing tooth. Often the bridge is fixed at both ends and there are two supporting or abutment teeth to replace a single missing tooth. Crown retained bridges have been used to replace missing teeth for over a hundred years and require the adjacent teeth to be shaved down. Adhesive bridges use a wing or plate top attach to the adjacent tooth which reduces the requirement to shave down the adjacent teeth.

Advantages
• Natural appearance
• Improves Function
• Permanently fixed
• Initially a cheaper alternative to dental implants

Considerations
• Lifetime maintenance costs maybe higher than dental implants
• Bone & gum deterioration may occur under the gap
• Nothing is replacing the functional support of the missing root

WELCOME BACK From Tuesday 9th June

The final preparations to welcoming you back are underway and the Team is looking forward to seeing you again. Your safety is our top priority and we are planning a phased return starting with urgent treatment and assessment. This will mean that there will be a transition where protocols will change according to the up to date guidance. The following are part of the first phase guidance

1. The week before any previously booked appointment you must contact us to confirm the details of that appointment .
2. Timings will be staggered to reduce patient waiting
3. You will be required to complete a Covid status declaration and have your temperature taken.
4. Fully charge your phone, hydrate , visit the toilet and minimise personal belongings before setting off
5. Call 10 minutes prior to entering the building (we want to minimise the paths that cross)
6. Don’t bring friends or family members or children that do not have an appointment, Social distancing will be much easier for us to coordinate if the numbers are restricted.
7. We are trialling payment as you arrive, this will mean that future amendments might be required but it will smooth your flow through the practice.
8. Please avoid cash or cheque payments the best payment methods are apple / google pay however card payments and BACS are also fine
9. We love to catch up but right now is not the time. We will ask you to leave the practice once your appointment has finished. Social distancing will be much easier for us to coordinate if we can prepare for the next patient to enter the building.

Please look for the additional and updated guidance.

Regards

Dr Rob Tennet
The StJohns Dental Practice

 

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