We see progress going on all around at a rapid pace and so too has dentistry progressed over the past few decades. Dentists today have an enormous task in providing reassurance, especially to more mature patients, when it comes to the latest dental treatments. The mere mention of orthodontics in the past would bring out tension in a patient. But progress has changed all that and performing procedures which were considered major before have become routine. We now concentrate more on preventive dentistry and where it is necessary to perform a more complex procedure we make every effort to ensure that your treatment is stress free, as your comfort is paramount to us.
What conditions can be treated with implants?
Dental implants Hertfordshire will usually treat excessive dental cavities, broken teeth, excessively worn down teeth or missing teeth from any cause.
Is anyone eligible for an implant?
There are certain categories of people who would be unsuitable for an implant. If you are on immunosuppressant drugs and steroids we would not be able to consider you for this form of treatment. If you have a habit of clenching your teeth really tightly or grinding your teeth we would probably not be able to consider you. The reason for this is that these habits could put enough pressure on the implant to cause damage.
What is the procedure?
In the first instance Hertford Dental Care will conduct a thorough examination including X-rays and a 3D scan of the entire oral cavity. A comprehensive form is completed of your past and current medical history, and any emotional fears or apprehensions you may have will need to be mentioned. This is the time when we will discuss with you whether we believe that you are suitable for dental implants Hertfordshire. Once it has been decided to proceed, a complete plan of treatment appointments and a timeline will be produced. To ensure that you experience the minimal amount of discomfort, we will explain the various anaesthesia options available to you. If you decide to select an anaesthetic or sedation then we will recommend that you take a taxi home or have a friend or relative drive you home. We will remove the damaged tooth and root if it has not already been done. If the jawbone is dense and healthy the procedure will proceed, if not and a bone graft is required we will do this at this stage or at a later agreed date. If we carry out a bone graft it will require a few months to heal sufficiently to allow us to proceed. After this we are ready to drill into the jawbone at the exact location of the missing tooth. A titanium post is then screwed into the jaw and this post will act in the same way as a tooth root. We will then add an abutment which is then screwed into the post and this acts as a solid platform for the artificial tooth or crown. Dental implants Hertfordshire can replace up to four crowns in a row supported by one implant.
After procedure care
We recommend regular cleaning and flossing as with normal teeth, using a soft bristle toothbrush and regular six monthly visits to us. Being able to chew food properly will ensure that the digestive system can operate as it should and having a healthy mouth should lead to a healthy life and smile.