Starting with the correct treatment plan is key.
An assessment is first made with respect to your existing dentition, to verify that indeed they are beyond help and that having them removed (if you still have teeth remaining).
A 3D scan of the mouth is completed to check for both infections and bone volumes. we will then discuss with you the desired result and outcomes.
Before any major work is commenced, assuming that only one jaw requires rehabilitation, the other arch will require maintenance. Dennis, our oral health therapist (adult scope) will look after you to ensure that there is absolutely no presence of gum disease or active decay.
Planning the bite and aesthetics
Before your dental surgery, Dr. Paul Abbot (Dental Prosthetist) will be seeing you to find out how wide your jaw should be, the way your teeth will look, and where the bite should fit.
A set of temporary dentures are made, these will be used to find out the ideal position of the end result and of where we would like the teeth to be. These dentures will also be used for function and aesthetics whilst we are waiting for your implants to heal during the healing phases.
Dr. Sae Mi Bok, is your surgeon who will look after you to ensure the best possible outcomes.
If there are requirements to prepare the jaw to accept the implant with either bone grafting or sinus lifts, these need to be completed first. There is often a waiting period whilst the bone grafts or sinus lifts are healing.
Surgery is then completed to place dental implants into the bone. Depending on your individual needs, anywhere between 2 - 6 implants are placed into the jaw in order to accept a prosthesis later on which will be used to restore function.
The video below shows an animated surgery of how the implants are placed into the bone.
Depending on your treatment plan, impressions are taken to prepare the final stages where we fit you with your customized teeth.
There will be quite a few fitting appointments to ensure that everything feels and looks perfect and to make sure that the end result is something you are happy with.
If you have chosen to have overdentures as your final prosthesis, Paul will be looking after you to fit you with dentures.
Implants are not maintenance free, even the best BMW's and Mercedes require regular upkeep, and your dental implants are the same. The restorations need to be cleaned daily and we will instruct you on how to floss and clean them. It is also expected that you keep up with your 6 monthly check ups if you still have natural teeth remaining.
It is also highly recommended for a periapical x-ray (close up x-ray) of each individual implant to be taken yearly to monitor bone levels. We also would like to see you during these yearly examinations to check the hygiene around your prosthesis, as well as screen your oral mucosa for oral cancer and other diseases. Keeping these appointments up will ensure we catch any complications early and take the appropriate steps so your implants will last you for life.