Two Stage Implant Therapy
We are always here to help……
Remember, in addition to your own dentist and hygienist, we are always here to offer help and advice on all implant matters. Routine prevention is better than treatment or cure for a problem. Any infection will detract from the appearance we have achieved. Also, any infection in the gum will increase the risk of bone loss around the implant, infection in the bone around the implant and failure of the implant.
Arrange your Preventive Appointment with Sharon……
Please make your FREE 30 minute appointment with Sharon Everett on any Tuesday or Thursday to initiate your future implant care. Get her help and advice and then you can make arrangements for the maintenance of the implant so that you can enjoy a trouble-free future and realise the benefits that dental implant therapy can offer you.
You still need your routine dental check-ups……
The remainder of your teeth still need the routine dental checks and care that your own dentist can offer for the long-term maintenance of your other natural teeth. It is important that you attend every year for routine dental examination and annual or biennial X-rays to check for dental decay between your teeth and signs of bone loss from gum disease around both your natural teeth and your implant(s).
We now advise that an addition X-ray should be taken every 12 months by your own dentist of the implant(s) to keep a close watch on the bone level
around the implant threads. This will then act as an early warning system for any bone loss and if such bone loss is detected, corrective treatment can be initiated early on in the process to ensure continued bone loss is avoided.
A dental check up also allows screening for general health, gum disease and oral cancer. All these are sound reasons why everyone, both young and old, should have regular dental checks throughout life.
The first X-ray of the implant……
One month after the implant is loaded (has a crown or denture placed on top), an X-ray should be taken by your own dentist to provide a baseline view of the bone at the start of the implant’s life. It is this film, which will be the yardstick against which future bone levels are compared.
We would be delighted if you would ask your dentist to send us a copy by email of the X-ray for our records
Recent research findings show…..
Patients who have received implant therapy in the past have been recalled for examination in a number of international studies. The results are now showing that unless implant patients are given regular dental care including professional cleaning and oral hygiene advice, the bone levels around implants reduce with time due to slowly progressive bone loss resulting from plaque induced inflammation.
The degree of bone loss in those patients who fail to get the professional support they need is disturbing. The results do vary between studies but even so, the findings are that between 50 and 90% of implants are found to have some inflammation around the adjacent gum. Furthermore, between 15 and 43% of all implants were found to have suffered from bone loss with continued inflammation present.
You have invested in advanced and complex treatment…..
Your investment in advanced and complex implant treatment requires future maintenance and servicing just as if you had bought a complex piece of equipment, like a new car. Periodic servicing will ensure you get the best out of your investment. Long-term success is what we all want and with the correct approach and care, it will be achieved.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity of providing you with the implant therapy. If we can ever offer advice or help, call us.
With kind regards,
Dr Colin Priestland and the Team at NQ Surgical dentistry.
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