Dental implants: questions and answers

SPOTLIGHT ON DENTAL IMPLANTS

The clinical team at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry has experience of a wide range of implant, cosmetic and restorative dentistry techniques – from whitening to complete dental/aesthetic rehabilitation – as well as offering a range of general dentistry services including routine maintenance, check- ups and hygienist appointments.

One of the greatest advances has been dental implant surgery and Philip and his team of dentists and dental nurses are highly trained in this aspect of advanced dentistry.

Implants have transformed dentistry over the last 40 years and are now often the first choice of treatment for the replacement of missing teeth.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

An implant is a titanium substitute for a natural tooth root and is placed into a socket created in the jaw. It is usually inserted into the socket creating an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone on to the implant surface. The internal design of the implant allows a variety of fitments to be attached to it, which support replacement teeth, providing the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.

As well as offering implants at his Glasgow dental clinic, Philip also offers dental implant surgery at the New Town Dental Care clinic in Edinburgh.

Here Philip answers many of the questions that can arise when someone is considering dental implants.

AM I SUITABLE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?

If you have good general health and maintain good oral health, then implants will almost certainly work for you.
It is rare to have health problems that will prevent the use of implants although some medical conditions may affect the success rate of implants.
As well as a complete examination of your mouth and remaining teeth you will be expected to supply details of your medical history.
In addition, full discussion with regards to requirements and expectations will allow us to determine if implant treatment is appropriate.

HOW MANY TEETH CAN BE SUPPORTED?

All the common forms of tooth replacement, such as bridges or dentures can be supported by implants. If you are missing just one natural tooth, the one implant will likely be all that is required – but larger spaces of two, three or more missing teeth will not necessarily need one implant per tooth.

WHAT ELSE CAN BE DONE WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS?

If you have no teeth in the lower jaw, a conventional lower denture can be considerably improved with an implant retained “over denture” which involves two implants placed at the front of the lower jaw to secure a denture. The same concept can be used in the upper jaw which requires four implants. Implants make dentures much more stable and also allow the denture to be smaller which means reduced palatal coverage by the denture.
Like conventional dentures, overdentures should be removed for daily cleaning. There are many implant options available and it is crucial that you have a thorough dental examination to be aware of what treatment would be best for you.

HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE?

For routine cases, from the time of implant placement to the placing of the first tooth, treatment times can vary between a few weeks to six months. The better the bone the less will be the treatment time. With poorer bone more time must be taken which can extend treatment time beyond six months.

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF THE IMPLANTS?

You will be fully advised on care and maintenance of the implants or the superstructure they support. Instruction will include how to clean adequately. It must be understood that the adequate care and maintenance of the implants requires regular effort on the patient’s part at home for ideal maintenance.
It is recommended that implants be cleaned every three to six months by the dental hygienist depending upon individual case requirements.

HOW LONG WILL THE IMPLANTS LAST?

Once your implants and surrounding soft tissues are seen to be healthy and your new teeth are comfortable, it is the quality of your home care and willingness to present for regular maintenance reviews, that will most influence how long they will last.
Implants, much like natural teeth, will last longer if they are cared for adequately. Well-maintained implants, placed into adequate bone, can be expected to last for many years.

If you have any questions arising from the above blog or would like to find out more information about dental implant work carried out by our team please contact the clinic on 0141 339 7579

Gaining new techniques in dental implants for our patients

Dental implants are my particular focus in dentistry and I’ve travelled all over the UK and the rest of the world in pursuit of the latest techniques and understanding of what is, I believe, one of the greatest advances in cosmetic and restorative dentistry in the last 40 years.

For many years now, we have been using the all on four technique with Nobel Biocare implants to restore the dentition in those who have lost or are loosing all of the teeth in one arch.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

Recently I travelled to Essex to spend two days with fellow implant dentist Andrew Moore who uses a different implant system to carry out this technique with many benefits that I wanted to see first hand.

Since qualification in 1988 Dr Moore expanded his clinical experience by taking the post of Honorary Clinical Assistant in Oral Surgery at Basildon Hospital. He then completed a 2 year Postgraduate course in Orthodontics at Southend Hospital.

Like me, Andrew’s main interest is in the field of Implantology, which he has pursued with a commitment to postgraduate qualifications in this field, including a 1 year course in Implantology at The Centre for Reconstructive Surgery, Harley Street, London.

SUPERB OPERATOR

He was one of the first dentists to be awarded The Diploma in Implant Dentistry by the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners at The Royal College of Surgeons. Andrew has now been placing dental implants since 1997 has extensive experience and takes referrals for implant treatment from other dentists in the area. Andrew now teaches Implant Dentistry to other dentists at the practice and at the Royal College of Surgeons.

It was good to see Andrew at work – he’s a superb operator – and interesting to see another clinic in full swing, especially when dental implant surgery is underway.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our focus on dental implant surgery then please contact the Glasgow clinic via this website or by telephoning our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

If you’re based in Edinburgh I also offer my dental implant surgery services at the New Town Dental Care Clinic.

Restorative dentistry: offering patients at our Glasgow dental clinic great results

Part of a dental professional’s calendar is taken up with attending courses and seminars each year.

It’s a key part of our professional development and a vital step in ensuring that we’re at the forefront when it comes to acquiring the latest knowledge and expertise which we can then pass on in our treatments and services to our patients – whether this is in the pursuit of a smile makeover, cosmetic or restorative dentistry or dental implants surgery.

Recently I attended an excellent practical training session in London with a pioneering restorative dentist called Jason Smithson.

During the course we focused on the artistic aspects of working with composite resin materials to create restorations of teeth that are as close to nature as possible.

The advances in this field in the last few years alone have been major and we’re able to complete some excellent work for our patients as a result.

The course was great and we’re now awaiting the delivery of some new first-class materials and instruments to use in the clinic to help us achieve the best results possible.

If you have any questions about the above blog or would like to find out more about the treatments and services that we offer our patients please contact us via the website or by telephoning the Glasgow clinic on 0141 339 7579.

As well as practising in the Glasgow clinic I also offer dental implant surgery to patients in Edinburgh, working in the New Town Dental Care clinic.