By using a set of dental implants Melbourne, a denture can be permanently anchored into place. They expose the function and practicality of the standard dentures with the comfort and sense of permanence that comes along with implants. It’s no wonder that stabilising dentures as a procedure is increasing in popularity. In this article, some of the common questions that surround it are answered!
How many implants will be needed?
Exactly how many implants are needed will vary on a case to case basis; x-rays and CT scans will be performed as part of the preparation for stabilising dentures. All efforts will be made to perform the procedure with as few implants as possible to promote faster healing and faster loading times. How many may be necessary in your case is hard to predict before proper screening and assessments are made.
Will I need any preparatory surgery?
There are surgeries that can be performed in preparation for implants but they are not standard practice. They are used to increase the success rates in patients who, because of their medical history or state of health, have a lower chance of successful implantation. If you have tried to receive dental implants before and been rejected as medically unsuitable, there is a good chance that you will require preparatory surgery.
Sometimes, this can be avoided by making lifestyle changes or altering prescriptions.
How long will it take?
Treatment is split over two sessions; the first session is heavily dependent on the number of implants you require. It is then followed by a 4 to 12 months recovery period to allow the titanium components to become fully integrated with your jawbone; this has to be confirmed by x-ray or CT scan before they can be loaded with the denture in the second session.
So, the overall time is dependent on your recovery rates and rate of bone growth.
Is it painful? What are the sedation options?
Implantation is a fairly invasive process, and although it is not uncomfortable, the nature of having to open a patient’s gum and drill into the jawbone is quite disconcerting. The use of IV or twilight sedation has made implantation more palatable; this allows a patient to remain at ease during the procedure and can prevent them from remembering the details of the procedure afterwards. However, the patient will still be conscious, compliant and responsive to questions throughout the procedure, allowing communication to be maintained. This is the best of both worlds as it allows the dentist to get feedback from the patient and the patient to remain calm and not have to relive any memories of the procedure.
The active ingredient in IV sedation is very well tolerated with a large therapeutic index, and it is uncommon to have allergic reactions to it. What has made it so popular in the local clinic is the low respiratory depression. IV sedation does not reduce the patient’s breathing rate and is used in operating theatres under the supervision of an anesthesiologist.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.