Traditionally, a lack of bone density has been seen as a barrier to dental implant treatment. Indeed, there are still some dentists who turn down patients for dental implants because they have suffered some degree of bone loss. However, thanks to modern dental advances, implant treatment is now available to more people than ever before.
The implantology team at Capital Dental in Twickenham are able to perform complex implant placement where additional treatment is needed to regenerate the levels of bone density before dental implants are fitted.
When bone density requires regeneration, a bone graft can be used in the lower jaw whilst a sinus lift – which involves lifting and packing the sinus cavity with bone grafting material – to rebuild the level of your jaw bone prior to implant placement. This adds some months on to overall treatment time, but is worth it to maximise the implants’ chances of success.
Bone loss is the principal reason that traditional dentures become loose. Loose dentures can cause a variety of problems, from difficulty eating a healthy and nutritious diet because of being restricted to soft foods to negative impacts on social life because of fear of dentures falling out in public. They can also make it difficult to speak clearly.
Dental implants can be placed under either local anaesthetic or conscious sedation. The latter option will require you to bring a friend to your appointment so that they can drive you home and take care of you until the sedatives have worn off.
Recent changes to the law in the UK mean that it is illegal to drive under a wide variety of drugs. Therefore, you must be completely sure that the sedative drugs are fully out of your system before you get behind the wheel of a car. Your dentist will give you full aftercare instructions after conscious sedation, and you should follow these carefully.
Temporary teeth may be fitted whilst your implants are healing, or you may be able to continue wearing your old dentures until healing and integration is complete. Your dentist will have to adjust them first to ensure a good, comfortable fit while you heal.