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Implants

Chippenham Dental Implants

A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root onto which the appropriate restoration (crown/bridge/denture) can be secured.

  1. Diagnosis and treatment planning
  2. Implant placement 6 weeks to 6 months after any extractions
  3. Removal of stitches 7-14 days after implant placement
  4. Uncovering of the implant heads to prepare the soft tissues for implant impressions
  5. Implant impressions 3-5 months after implant placement
  6. Fitting of the implant retained restorations
  7. Implant review

Dental implants have a success rate of over 95% and with correct maintenance plan, the implants can often remain in place for the rest of a patient’s life.

If an implant was to fail to integrate (fuse) to the bone then an additional implant can be inserted provided there is sufficient bone remaining.

To maintain the high success rate, the early or immediate loading of implants should only be performed where absolutely necessary.

Yes, the denture can be worn but our dentists would ideally prefer the denture to be left out for as long as possible for the first few days after implant placement to allow the initial healing to be as uneventful as possible.

Bone is often needed at the time of the implant placement and this can be derived from animal origin (cow/pig) or can be completely synthetic. Your Dentist will talk you through these options so you can make a decision with which you are comfortable. Less common is the need to place the bone 6-12 months prior to implant placement

The procedure may take from 30 minutes for a simple single implant to a couple of hours for many implants. A local anaesthetic is used but sedation is available for those who would prefer it. Since the bone is exposed to place an implant, there is likely to be some localised swelling and rarely some bruising afterwards.

It is accepted good practice to have a written plan describing the overview of the treatment involved, the costs, the timescales and possible risks.

A strict oral hygiene regime at home is required in addition to regular visits to the dental hygienist.

The number will vary according to the size and position of the space to be restored.

If you are in good general health, dental implants will almost certainly work for you. However, habits such as heavy drinking and smoking can increase the number of problems associated with the initial healing and the long term maintenance of dental implants. Those on osteoporosis medication will require further discussions with the dentist.

All common forms of tooth replacement such as a bridge or a denture can be replaced by a dental implant.

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This model shows a tooth with an implant and crown (cap.)

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