Friday, December 17, 2010

How Does Your Implantologist Assess Suitability for Implant Treatment?

Source : 24 hours dentist

The patient journey begins with the initial consultation that aims to provide a frame work from which the implantologist can devise a series of well defined stages to allow the information gained here to be transferred from the diagnostic preview to the final restoration.

Your dentist should treat every case using a full patient care approach. He will begin with a full clinical exam and take any necessary x-rays and photographs. He will also take some moulds to get study models produced which he will use to help him treatment plan the case.

He will continue with a more in-depth analysis of the bone availability, space for the implant, your bite, soft tissues and smile line. If there has been substantial bone loss then the patient may need to be sent for a CT scan.

All of this information is then used to formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Once this has been decided, your implantologist should send the patient a full written estimate of the cost of the treatment together with a patient care and consent letter explaining the proposed treatment. This letter should detail any risks involved in order that the patient can make an informed decision on whether to proceed.
At this stage the patient may want to come back and discuss any queries that they may have regarding the treatment. Once the patient is satisfied the consent letter is signed and treatment can be commenced.

The first step in the treatment sequence is placing the implant into the jaw using a gentle surgical technique. The bone forms a strong bond to the implant after just 6-12weeks, providing a solid foundation for attaching a replacement tooth (crown). Following this brief period of time fabrication of the replacement tooth can begin. This process involves a few appointments for attaching an abutment or post to the implant, taking impressions (moulds) of your teeth and checking the proper fit and color of the crown.

Implant treatment can take anything from3 to 12 months to complete. The timescale depends on the complexity of the case and whether bone grafting is required or not.

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