Patient criteria for dental implants at Hertford Dental Care

Have you been looking for a provider of dental implants Hertfordshire? Have you been told implants would be unlikely to work for you? Let’s see how we can manage complicated cases at Hertford Dental Care.

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Before we can understand what procedures can help manage complicated cases, we need to understand what oral implants really are and what the critical stages in the treatment are.

What are oral implants?

Dental implants Hertfordshire are a multi-part prosthesis that can be permanently attached to the jawbone. It can be installed over 2 sessions, each with a significant time period of about 3 to 9 months in between the first session and the second. Within the first session, the gum is opened in a selected location, a hole is drilled into it, the implant is placed in the newly formed hole and the gum is sealed and sutured closed.

Over the healing period, the gum rapidly recovers, but beneath it, the titanium peg of the lower half of the implant slowly becomes integrated into the jawbone. The gum protects the implant during this critical time, stopping it from being dislodged or disturbed, increasing the chances of successful integration and ensuring the titanium component does not become crooked.

Only after the integration is confirmed by x-ray is the gum reopened and the oral component of the implant is attached via a semi-permanent locking mechanism; this is the connector. The connector will keep the two parts of the prosthesis in place but allow for our dentist to unblock them in the future if required.

Role of bone growth

As you can see, the largest part of the treatment by far (4 to 9 months) is determined by the formation of new bone. There are many factors that can affect how quickly your new bone is created, such as certain drugs that retard bone growth as one of their side effects. Slightly reduced bone growth is unlikely to be noticed unless you are recovering from a fracture and is, therefore, often tolerated as a side effect.

They can be genetic or ongoing conditions that limit the creation of new bone as well as the reduction of oestrogen that accompanies menopause.

Gum tissue needs

Around the immediate site, healthy gum tissue is required not only in the short term to help secure the integrated implant but also in the long term. Gum tissue is essential for maintaining healthy bone, and where gum tissue is lost, the disassociation between root and jaw soon follows, and the same is true for the titanium implant.

Usually a gum transplant from elsewhere in the patient’s mouth is acceptable, but if there is extensive gum disease, transplanting from other parts of the mouth becomes challenging. It would be necessary to fully treat the periodontal disease before beginning an implant procedure.

Mitigating and managing complex cases

Managing complex dental implants Hertfordshire is the difference between simply rejecting large numbers of people because of the increased risks of the procedure and facilitating them with reasonable modifications to the treatment schedule. This could involve a pre-procedure but can often be achieved by finding alternative prescriptions or lifestyle changes. Our team at Hertford Dental Care is happy to offer this to you. So call us to find out more!