How dental implants can help you.
Here is a nice case completed by me on a young lady. The front tooth had been root filled and a crown placed, which was now looking past its best. Furthermore the tooth kept on getting infected and antibiotics only settled down the problems for a short while before it recurred. We considered re root filling this tooth as I thought by using my microscope I would be able to achieve a better root canal outcome and so improve the chances of resolving her infection. After discussion it was decided to remove the tooth as to re-do the root filling would require removing the old crown, removing the post, redoing the root filling and possibly redoing the apicetomy too. The fee for this was over half the fees of a dental implant. For redoing a root filling on a tooth like this I would only give a 50/50 success rate whereas a dental implant treatment I would give a 95%+ success rate. As it was this was the right decision as on removing the tooth a hairline crack was present down the length of the root that would never have settled down so it would have been a waste of money and time. After the tooth was removed in this case a small temporary denture was worn for about 8 weeks at which point I placed a Straumann dental implant. As is common in this part of the mouth the bone was a little defective so this was rebuilt using Bio-Oss and Bio-Guide. This technique is know as GBR or Guide Bone Regeneration. This I find is needed in around 2/3rds of dental implant treatments and almost always for front teeth. The denture was worn for another 6 weeks while the implant healed, bonded and integrated to the jaw bone before the final crown was fitted.
Lots of dentists are now having a go at dental implants, many just trying the easy ones! If it is a front tooth then they are rarely easy. If it is a back tooth they need to avoid the nerves and sinus. Have they got a CT Scan? Ask your dentist how much experience THEY have at doing this kind of work. Ask to see pictures of THEIR work before committing to a course of treatment. If you are not sure then ask them to refer to me or why not ? It may be that your dentist is quite happy to place the final crown or bridge but lacks the experience of placing the implants. We take referrals for all stages of treatment from taking a CT scan, placing the implants, or a full mouth restoration. To do dental implant treatment well takes time, it could last you a lifetime so don’t rush it. Once you have your dental implant it is very important to keep it clean, if you do not then it can get a type of gum disease called Peri Implantitis. If the gum looks red or bleeds see your implantologist for advice.
Dental implants to keep YOU smiling