Latest Dental Implant Procedures
Latest techniques being used in the field of dental implant surgery
- in the United Kingdom &
- Outside the UK
- Are these techniques considered safe and are the results considered successful?
- What is the lifespan of an implant – lifetime?
- Infection risks
Dental Implant Surgery is an important procedure in the field of dentistry. With high sugar intakes and poor oral hygiene prevalent in a high proportion of the population in the United Kingdom, it is no surprise that many Britons spend thousands of pounds in their lifetime to repair or replace lost or damaged teeth.
What Does Dental Implant Surgery Involve?
Many people are still unaware of what is involved with dental implant surgery and this article is designed to give you some basic background information to assist you in deciding if you may require dental implant surgery now or in the near future.
To put it simply dental implant surgery is simply outpatient surgery done to make up for any tooth loss in your mouth. A highly trained oral surgeon replaces your damaged or lost tooth with a new artificial “tooth”. Implants are generally used to hold the false tooth in place.
For dental implant surgery to take place, in some instances, bone grafting may be required. This is where a screw is placed in the jaw. This is usually done when there is not sufficient bone available in the jaw to hold the new artificial tooth. Other than that many people have also used dentures to replace their lost teeth.
With our ever evolving world new technology is not restricted to electronics. The medical field is continually researching for faster & less invasive methods to perform surgery. The area of dental implant surgery is no stranger to new techniques.
- One of these new dental implant techniques that is now used in the U.K is called ‘A Guided Zygomatic’. This is usually done when there is extreme bone loss as it involves the use of 2 extended implants, which gives the dental implant the advantage of being around 50 to 55 mm long as compared to the usual 10 to 15 mm long length.
- In this technique the dental implant is inserted in the cheekbone and not the jawbone.
- Before this dental implant procedure can take place a 3D scan is done of the entire mouth and using that scan the dentist inserts the implant through the cheekbone.
- The best part is that no surgery takes place, meaning that this technique is quicker as it can be done in just one sitting.
- Apart from the fact that the guided zygomatic is quicker than previous techniques, it is important to also note that it has proved to be highly successful as well.
- A study done by Brånemark and colleagues saw that the success rate for this technique is 94%, which consequently means that it is a safe technique.
- In addition the lifespan for this procedure is quite high as it can last for around 40 years, which iwill see many of us out.
Low Infection Risk
- A study done by Becktor, DDS; Isaksson, MD, DDS, PhD; Abrahamsson, DDS; Sennerby, DDS, PhD evaluated 31 zygomatic implants over a period of 46.4 months. Over this time frame only 3 of the implants had to be removed due to recurrent sinusitis. Other than that the rest were fine, which means that infection risk is low and according to this study it is just 9.7%.
Outside the United Kingdom:
Guided Zygomatic technique is not only popular in the United Kingdom but it is also popular in other countries such as Thailand. (for a personal account of one persons research and experience of having dental implant surgery performed in Thailand). Thailand is widely recognized internationally as having excellent dental implant facilities. Many health funds from more developed counties will actually subsidise an overseas “holiday” for what is deemed as necessary dental procedures. The dental costs charged overseas will save the health funds in many cases thousands of dollars.
In other countries like the United States, also have alternative techniques. These include:
- Immediate Load Dental Implants: In this procedure a crown (temporary tooth) is placed on the same day as the dental implant placement and with time the natural bone and the dental implant fuse together allowing for the long-term permanent crown to be placed within 3 to 6 months.
- Mini implants: As the name suggests these are implants that are smaller in size around 3 mm and are placed through less invasive techniques. This is usually done on patients that don’t qualify for traditional dental implant techniques.
- All-on-4: This technique eliminates the use of bone grafting as it uses the already available jaw bone to insert the 4 dental implants which are needed to stabilize the new replacement tooth. This is a time consuming technique and involves many appointments.
So as you can see there are many different dental implant techniques available both in the United Kingdom and abroad. But you need to find one that works best for you and your dental situation. So make sure you consult your dentist and gain professional advice. Not only that but make sure that you are aware of all the dental costs involved with your procedure and whether your dental insurance will cover you or not. But whatever the situation never delay a dental implant surgery for a long time period as it may lead to bigger problems and that is something everyone should avoid.
This article is to be used for information purposes only and is not a recommendation for any of the outlined procedures. One should always do research and consult professionally qualified surgeons before embarking on dental implant surgery.