The keys to success:
Planning, planning, planning. Appropriate planning can only be achieved over several visits. Planning will include the following;
- An initial consultation to assess your needs and desires.
- A compete examination and assessment of your entire dentition, mouth and facial structures.
- A full radiographic and 3D cone beam CT scan assessment of your dentition and underlying bone foundation.
- A full mock-up of the proposed end result prior to treatment.
Only once all the above information has been gathered and assessed can an appropriate plan of treatment be formulated. A detailed written plan will then be offered to you outlining the nature of the surgery, its side effects and complications and the final outcome.
Remember that the gums are the frame to the teeth, without a quality frame the picture is ruined.
Failure to make the gum the priority will lead to failure of the final result and disappointment. The gum can only exist if the underlying bone is sufficient and that the supporting scaffold to the gum – the connective tissue is robust.
To achieve long term gum stability bone and connective tissue regeneration is needed in approximately 95% of cases. Equally important is the moulding of the gum through the use of provisional (temporary) teeth. This permits the precise sculpturing of the gum around the implant teeth to replicate a natural appearance. Unfortunately, this is often overlooked by less experienced surgeons who focus on the appearance of the tooth and ignore the gum – the results will always be compromised and not stable for many years.
The bone is the foundation to stable implants.
The last few years has seen an increase in the use of shorter and shorter implants for situations where bone is limited. Their use has been driven by manufactures who wish to increase sale volumes to surgeons who do not possess the skills to regenerate large bone volumes.
The gold standard is always to regenerate lost bone and avoid short implants. Dr Nigel Reynolds has for many years been regenerating large bone volumes by various techniques such as sinus elevations, block grafting, and distraction amongst other methods. His success rates are matched by the scientific literature. These procedures must only be performed by experienced surgeons - failure will lead to significant difficulties that only advance techniques can rectify.
Dental implants are only a part of your treatment. Dental implants must never be placed if you are suffering from other dental problems. Dr Nigel Reynolds will treat your dentition as whole. You will not need to be referred to other dental practices for gum treatment, fillings and crowns etc. Any treatment that you require to permit the placement of dental implants can be provided by Dr Nigel Reynolds.
As with any structure, maintenance is imperative. Part of the maintenance will be carried out by you the patient in the form of meticulous tooth brushing and interdental cleaning however, equally important is our commitment to you to routinely monitor your implants.
37 Badminton Road,
Bristol BS16 6BP
07731 579 726