Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Information Sheet on Dental Implants

What does it try to accomplish

Dental Implants are replacement “roots” to replace a lost tooth (teeth), or help retain a denture. They can be used in your upper and lower jaws.

How is it done
Local anaesthetic is used to make the proposed implant site numb. A special site is prepared in the jaws. The implant is then placed in this site with its attachments.

What medicines / supplements do I need to take
You will have been given a list of supplements and medicines that you need to obtain from your local chemist. It is very important that you take these as requested for your long-term successful result.

How long does the operation take
From 1 hour, upwards, depending on how many implants are planned to be placed.

How many appointments are needed
At least two. One to place the implant(s), and another at 10 to 15 days time to remove the stitches.

Type of stitches
We use PTFE sutures. These will reduce the possibility of infection, and need to be removed at a later appointment.

How long are the stitches left in
From 10 to 15 days.

Type of dressing
Usually, no dressing is needed.

Bruising
We find that as each person reacts differently to surgery, and you may have very little bruising. However, we have had a few patients with significant facial bruising, and you should be prepared for this.

Swelling
We find that as each person reacts differently to surgery, and you may have very little swelling. However, we have had a few patients with significant facial swelling, and you should be prepared for this. We will give you medication to control this swelling for you.

Pain
We find that as each person reacts differently to surgery, and you may have very little pain. However, we have had a few patients with significant facial pain, and you should be prepared for this. We will give you medication to control this pain for you.

Where are the scars and how bad are they
Any scars will be confined to your gum tissue only. We try to place these at the back of your mouth. Usually, any residual scars will be difficult to see after 6 to 8 months.

How long does it take to recover
You may want to plan to take a few days off work, or remain at home. The majority of our patients are back at work within 24 hours or so.

When is the final result
This depends on the implant system we have recommended for your dental treatment, and this will be detailed on your treatment plan.

How long will it last
Dental Implants should last you for the remainder of your life. There are a few patients where the implants have become infected, and have needed to be removed. This is a rare complication, and is detailed in your treatment plan report.

Common complications
Common complications are swelling and bruising. Occasionally patients may have pain. These can be controlled by modern medicines. You may bleed from the surgery site and you should follow the instructions given. It is very important that you maintain your oral care and hygiene, as this will determine how well you heal and the success of your treatment. We always recommend that you stop all smoking or chewing of tobacco. Your co-operation and compliance is essential for a successful outcome.


Source: Adentec & UKSmiles
3 Old Row Court, Rose Street, Wokingham, RG40 1XZ
http://www.uksmiles.co.uk/

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