Dentist holding a veneer to the patientIn Buckinghamshire, dental implants are a great way to replace lost teeth. Anyone who has lost a tooth or wears dentures knows the trials and tribulations of not being able to bite, chew and speak as normal.

Surgeries with a proven track record in fitting dental implants in Buckinghamshire, such as Smile Design Dental, talk patients through each step of the journey, which takes around six months to complete.

Step 1: Consultation

This is an initial chat for the patient to find out how the process works, and the dentist will give an overview of time and costs.

Step 2: Assessment

Not every case is suitable for dental implants in Buckinghamshire. There are many factors to consider:

  • underlying gum disease has to be treated first;
  • conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis can all affect the success of implant surgery;
  • smokers are less likely to properly heal from implant surgery;
  • the patient needs to have good bone density where the implants will be placed. A bone graft or a sinus lift can help this and zygomatic implants are also an option in this case: they are longer implants for the upper jaw that are fitted into the cheekbone.

At the assessment, the dentist will take a full medical history and x-rays to find out the condition of the jawbone. If the patient decides to go ahead, the dentist may also recommend sessions with the hygienist to prepare for the surgery.

Step 3: Surgery

Having dental implants in Buckinghamshire is a minor procedure done under local anaesthetic, but if a patient is nervous they can opt for extra sedation.

The implant surgeon will drill a hole in the jawbone and fit the implant – a tiny titanium screw – into it, which then bonds with the jawbone, securing it in place.

Step 4: Aftercare

The patient may need over-the-counter painkillers for a few days after surgery and will need to stick to a restricted diet to give the implants time to heal. The patient then returns to the dentist to have the replacement tooth fitted and they maintain their new tooth in the same way as a natural one.