Dental Implants

Marine Parade Dental Practice, Worthing

Dental implants can be required for a variety of reasons including accidents and decay.  When you contact us, we do a full assessment, take X-rays and advise you whether the jawbone is strong and dense enough to support a screw-thread post. We will then propose a schedule of work over about three months requiring four or five visits.

What types of implant do we offer and which are right for you?

There are two types of implant operations we recommend, both recognised by professional dental associations in the UK and US. These are well suited for a variety of dental problems.

The first type is endosteal implants. These are mounted into the jawbone and allowed to fuse together. Once in place, dentures and bridges are placed over the implants and the healing process begins.

The second type is subperiosteal implants. These are placed under the gum and are most suitable for patients with a shallower jawbone.

Replacement teeth may be artificial, but they can look as good as the real ones.

What is involved in having an endosteal implant?

First, the dentist will anaesthetise the target area of gum. A small incision will be made and an auger used to create the necessary hole in the jawbone. A screw thread will be implanted with a sleeper cap attached. A couple of small sutures will be inserted to prevent the wound from re-opening and bleeding. All this can take as little as five or six minutes. You will also be advised to avoid eating on that side of your jaw for a matter of weeks.
This work is almost certainly without pain and complication. Our specialists have been fitting dozens of implants over almost a decade of practice and our procedures are well tried and tested.

When the time is right, you will be called back to the surgery for measurement of the type of crown or bridge to be fitted. A full impression of your teeth will be taken and a trial post will be screwed into place and then removed. The temporary cap will be refitted.

A further three or so weeks later, your new crown will be ready, colour-matched to your existing teeth, and the dentist will screw and tighten it into place so the result fits snugly and firmly over your gum in perfect line with the rest of your teeth nearby.

The dental team will advise you about care and management of your new implant – because it is a sophisticated piece of technology and you certainly don’t want to put it at risk from any new gum disease. As they will also stress: you really do need to “brush twice daily, then floss and use interdental toothpicks after each meal”.

Is a subperiosteal implant very different?

It will do the same job but instead of a screw inserted directly into the jaw, the implant is a metal framework sitting above the jaw within the gum. Protruding from the frame are small metal post and these are used to anchor your replacement tooth or teeth securely in position.

If you have any queries…

You can call us today on 01903 234136 to find out more about our dental implant service. Our consultants will handle every aspect of your enquiry and help you decide the best course of action.

Are there any side effects to having an implant?

There have been tremendous improvements in dental care over the last 40 years so it’s unlikely that you will suffer any side effects at all after an implant. The success rate obviously depends on the quality of the surgeon’s work. We at Marine Dental Practice Worthing have developed reliable engineering skills in carrying out this surgery with success and little or no pain. We use top-of-the-range crowns/bridges in the interest of your greater comfort.

There may be occasional tingling post-operatively. You may get some sensitivity for a few weeks when trying to eat certain chewy foods in the region of the implant. But the great majority of our patients are amazed by how completely comfortable they feel with the implanted tooth or teeth almost immediately upon completion of the work. Once the surgery is fully healed, all problems should vanish.

How can dental implants be maintained and are they costly?

As indicated, maintaining replacement teeth is down to regular cleansing and brushing but we always advise that you visit your dentist every six months to ensure your implants remain in good condition.

To summarise, you will need to:

  • Brush the replacement teeth twice a day.
  • Once a day, you need to use the right type of brush – interdental – that can easily slide in between your teeth to reach the inaccessible areas of your implant.
  • Hard foods like ice and sweets can break the crown, so you need to avoid chewing on them.
  • If you smoke, consider trying to stop the habit as nicotine can weaken the structure of the implant.

Get in touch with Marine Dental Practice Worthing

Depending on your desired services, you can either chat with our consultants or put an appointment call straight through to us. Whichever method you choose, our operators will attend to you promptly.

Our surgery is fully equipped, and our treatment rooms are pristine. We have a variety of state-of-the-art facilities to ensure that your treatment process goes smoothly.

Call today on 01903 234136 to get your new start in dental care.