Helping to manage issues with existing implants

Our considerable knowledge and expertise in implants means that we are usually able to solve any issues with your implant and enable you to keep it.

In fact, a large proportion of the work we carry out involves solving implant problems for patients who are referred to us by other dentists. We are also regularly called upon by implant companies to help with trouble-shooting.

      Although dental implants are proven to be the most effective way of replacing missing teeth, there are problems that can occur with them. These can include injury, nerve damage, looseness of the implant and sinus problems. Another potential problem is peri-implantitis, where the bone and soft tissue around the implant can become inflamed and often infected. Without treatment this can lead to bone loss and eventually loss of the implant.

      There are 4 main reasons why people may suffer problems with their implants.

      These are:

      • Insufficient planning. Sometimes practitioners are unrealistic about what they can achieve. They treat a patient with a particular outcome in mind, but don't take into account all the relevant clinical factors. Experienced specialists are better able to visualise the end result, and make appropriate plans.
      • Poorly executed plans. Without detailed planning, taking into account positioning of bone, neighbouring tooth roots, nerves, etc, implants can end up incorrectly placed.
      • Insufficient training. To successfully carry out implant treatment, you need to have a significant amount of additional training, including mentoring from other implant experts.
      • Poor quality implants. Implants should be extremely long-lasting, if not permanent. But to achieve this, they need to be of a high quality, supplied by a well-established company, as well as properly planned, placed and maintained. Cheaper implants could lead to earlier failure, or future incompatibility with the crowns, bridges or dentures that the implants support.

        Dental implants FAQs


        How is an implant fitted?

        Assessment: Every treatment begins with an assessment from your local Thorpe Bay dentist who will be performing your implant treatment. They will discuss all the options with you, make an assessment of the best solution for you, and ensure you understand every step of your treatment. You will have an x-ray and, in some cases, a CT scan to help visualise your jaw, ensure your gums are healthy and that there is enough jaw bone to place the implant.

        The treatment: This is when the implant is placed into your jaw. It’s a straightforward process which can be completed under local anaesthetic. If you are particularly nervous or have a dental phobia, your dentist will make sure you feel absolutely comfortable with the treatment, and can provide sedation if needed.

        The implants will need three to six months to heal and integrate with your jaw bone to provide a solid support for the crown or bridge.

        Depending on your treatment and your dentist’s diagnosis, a temporary crown can be fitted at the same time as your initial appointment. Same day teeth is a modern procedure which enables you to walk out of the clinic with brand new teeth in just one day. These will stay in place until the final restoration appointment.

        Once your jaw has healed, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth. This enables a dental technician to build your bespoke crown or bridge, which will be colour matched to blend seamlessly with your other teeth.

        Restoration: It may be necessary to have a separate appointment between six weeks and six months after your initial treatment, to allow the implant to fully integrate. This ensures that your jaw has completely healed before the crown or bridge is permanently fitted.

        Your smile is now complete.


        How long do implants last?

        Once the implant post has integrated with the bone and surrounding soft tissue, its longevity will be down to the quality of at-home care and attendance at regular clinical reviews. Just as with natural teeth, poor care can lead to gum infection, bleeding and general discomfort. However, well-maintained implants can be expected to last many years and often a whole lifetime.

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