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Beaufort House, Hamble Lane
Bursledon, Southampton SO31 8BR
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The Implant Journey

The Consultation

If you are thinking about getting dental implants, it is essential that you come in for a consultation so that your suitability for this particular treatment can be thoroughly assessed. Part of the consultation will involve answering questions about your medical history, your lifestyle and habits, as well as how you would like your smile to look after treatment. Factors like your oral health and jawbone density will also be taken into account. X-rays and photographs will be taken of your teeth and mouth and you will also have a detailed dental examination. This will give the team a good idea of your current oral health and which treatment will give you the best results.

This initial consultation is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions that you might have about the treatment and to discuss your preference for sedation. Based on the current state of your teeth, you may need to receive a few treatments with the hygienist in preparation for the implants.

Choosing to have implant treatment is a big decision and something worth discussing with your loved ones. For this reason you will be sent a treatment plan after the consultation with a breakdown of the costs so you can look this over and consider the options presented.

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Treatment Planning

The key to successful dental implant treatment is thorough treatment planning.

At Smilemakers this will often start with an informal chat about what you would like from your treatment. At this point an estimate can be made of the costs and time involved in providing any dental implant treatment.

Following the informal discussion, a full implant assessment is recommended. This stage is vital in assessing any factors that may impact dental impact treatment and usually includes photographs, impressions, x-rays and 3-dimensional scanning. There is usually a cost associated with this planning stage, although any cost will be deducted from the final cost of the implant treatment.

It is important to address any pre-existing dental conditions before starting dental implant treatment. Any cavities or gum disease need to be treated to ensure that the implants have the greatest chance of long term success.

The implant success rates achieved at Smilemakers are testimony to the effectiveness of our bespoke treatment planning process.

Implant Placement

Some of the biggest misconceptions concerning dental implant treatment concerns how the implant is placed. The placement process is simplified by the extensive planning undertaken beforehand, and the skill of the placing surgeon.

Under a local anaesthetic (similar to that required for a dental filling), an incision is made in the gum, and a channel gently prepared in the jawbone. The implant is carefully placed in this prepared space, and the gum closed using self-dissolving stitches.

The entire process is remarkably quiet and pain free, utilising the latest in specialist implant equipment.

Implant Restoration

One of the numerous benefits of carefully planning dental implant treatment is that the restoration of the implant becomes a relatively simple process.

Impressions will be taken and the final restoration attached to the implant directly via a special screw, or by cementing the restoration onto a linking section (Abutment) which is itself screwed into the implant.

Aftercare

It is important to realise that if implants are poorly cared for, they will develop a covering of hard and soft deposits (calculus and plaque) which is very similar to that found on neglected natural teeth. Untreated, these deposits can lead to gum disease which can ultimately lead to failure of the implant.

For most implant-supported teeth you will be able to clean around each supporting implant by brushing and flossing in just the same way that you would around natural teeth and tooth-supported bridges. In some areas special floss, interdental toothbrushes and other cleaning aids may be needed to maintain good oral hygiene. Cleaning is not at all difficult, provided that you do not have impaired use of your hands.

It is reasonable to expect some of the daily hygiene procedures to be a little more complex than around your original teeth - equally expect to spend more time than you may have done in the past if you wish to maintain optimum implant health.

Regular visits to the Hygienist for professional cleaning is strongly recommended and will help your implants hopefully last a lifetime.

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