What to expect at your dental implants consultation

Interested in dental implants? The first step is to come into our Barnsley dental practice for a free, no-obligation implant consultation with one of our treatment co-ordinators. We also offer initial e-consultations for busy patients, for which you need to upload photographs of your teeth to our website using our online form. Before any implant treatment you will also need a detailed implant assessment.

Implant consultation

dental implants consultationComing into PDC Dental in Barnsley for an informal consultation is a great way to discover how we can use dental implants to improve both your smile and your quality of life.

This is a relaxed meeting with a treatment coordinator, who will be able to answer any questions you may have about dental implants, treatment options and our Barnsley dental practice. You will have the chance to take a look around our facilities and relax with a cup of tea or coffee, and will also have the chance to meet one of our implant team.

It’s the perfect chance to find out more about dental implants and whether they are a suitable option for you. If you’re a nervous patient this informal chat can help you get the feel of PDC dental practice and to gain reassurance from our empathic team.

Implant assessment

Before treatment with dental implants begins, you will need an implant assessment. This is a comprehensive nine-point appointment during which we fill find out more about you, how missing teeth are affecting you, and what you would like your dentist to achieve.

Here are the nine steps of the assessment, carried out in the comfort of our Barnsley dental clinic. Your dentist will:

  1. Assess the muscles and glands of your head and neck
  2. Assess all the soft tissues inside the mouth
  3. Take a computerised digital record of all your teeth
  4. Complete a full gum health assessment
  5. Carefully examine your jaw joints
  6. Look at your bite (how your teeth fit and work together)
  7. Take any necessary x-rays, and a CT scan if necessary (here at our Barnsley practice)
  8. Take a full set of photographs of your face, teeth and smile
  9. Take impressions to allow us to make models of your teeth for further detailed examination

You will have a further meeting after your dentist has assessed your results to discuss your treatment options.

Suffered bone loss? Don’t write off dental implants yet – how we can help

People who have been wearing dentures for many years may have been told by their dentist that they are not suitable for dental implants because they have suffered bone loss.

dental implantsWhile bone resorbtion is a natural consequence of losing your teeth that can affect the implant process, it does not necessarily mean you are unable to have implants. At PDC Dental Implants in Barnsley, we have helped many patients with bone loss to get dental implants.

As a specialist implant centre, we have a wealth of knowledge and techniques at our disposal to help patients restore their smile. Dr Alex Jones has placed more than 800 dental implants and is experienced in dealing with complex cases at our Barnsley centre. There are two options for patients who have suffered bone loss. . .

Bone grafts

Bone grafting is a common procedure for patients who have suffered bone loss. Donor bone is taken from elsewhere in the mouth, or a natural bone substitute is used to rebuild bone in areas where it has been lost.

The area is then left to heal, which typically takes six months, before dental implants are placed. Occasionally with the upper jaw a procedure called a sinus lift is used, in which bone or bone substitute is packed into the sinus cavity, and implants are placed at the same time.

Zygomatic implants

Zygomatic implants are the treatment of choice at our Barnsley dental practice for patients who have experienced bone loss in the upper jaw. They are longer than standard dental implants and connect with the strong, dense bone of the cheekbone.

A huge advantage is that your dentist can place your implant-supported bridge at the same time as your implants. This cuts down on recovery time and on visits to the dental practice.

In most cases two zygomatic implants are used alongside two to four regular dental implants, although patients with severe bone loss may benefit from four zygomatic implants.

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