Am I suitable for full arch implants?
At your assessment, our dental implant dentist in Milton Keynes Dr Whelan will explain what the procedure involves, what the possible risks are and what dental implants cost during your initial consultation, so you can decide if it’s right for you.
Your dentist will also check your medical history and assess your oral health and your jaws to see if you are a suitable candidate for implants. You need to be in good general health with healthy gums to be considered for this treatment.
If you’ve been told in the past that you are not suitable for standard implants, you may still be a candidate for full arch implants, as these implants are positioned at 45-degree angles in the jaw. This also avoids the need for bone grafting.
What does the dental implant procedure involve?
Full arch dental implants can be a relatively straight forward procedure and, depending on the health of your mouth, could be carried out in just a couple of appointments.
Firstly, Dr Whelan will take x-rays to assess the condition of your jaw and your existing teeth. If you have any teeth remaining in the arch, these will need to be extracted and your mouth needs time to heal before tooth implants can be placed.
The dental implant procedure is carried out using local anaesthesia. You can ask your dentist about other sedation options they offer if you need help to feel calm.
Your dentist will then surgically place the implants in your jaw. Full arch implants usually involve placing two implants towards the front of the mouth and two towards the back, but more implants may be needed depending on your own individual needs.
After your mouth has been cleaned and disinfected, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth that will be used to create your custom dental bridge. These artificial teeth are designed to look as natural as possible.
Once your custom bridge has been manufactured, it will be placed over the top of the implants and secured in place. You can then leave the dental clinic with your new natural-looking smile.
What should I expect after dental implant surgery?
Every surgical procedure carries risks, and our dentist Dr Whelan will make sure you understand the possible complications and side-effects before you agree to the treatment.
For dental implants, this may include infections or injuries of the mouth during treatment and possible sinus problems for implants placed in the upper jaw.
Recovery from dental implants may take several weeks. You may experience pain, swelling or bleeding around the implant sites, which can be managed using medication or by applying pressure to stop the bleeding. You may also be advised to eat soft foods only after the treatment to help your mouth heal.
Dr Whelen, our dental implant dentist has many years experience of carrying out these procedures, thus the risk of infections or injuries is very low.