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Jun 2016

The Requirements For Dental Implant Treatment - 10 Key Factors

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As we all know, dental implant treatment is the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. This is true for single missing teeth, several missing teeth or all missing teeth. However, not everyone is suitable for dental implants.

Here are 10 key factors that are required for long term success:

1. A healthy mouth without tooth decay and gum disease

2. Adequate bone height- ideally greater than 8mm . This can be assessed on a CT scan.

3. Adequate bone width- ideal greater than 5mm. This can be assessed on a CT scan.

4. Enough space for the new tooth, teeth or bridge. This should be assessed on articulated study models, digital photographs or intra oral scans.

5. A stable bite. This is determined as above.

6. Sound levels of keratinised tissue- this is the band of tissue surrounding teeth right at the gum level called attached gingiva. This will help provide robust support to the cuff of the dental implant.

7. Lack of parafunctional habits- tooth grinding at night can cause even the best treatment to fail

8. Great oral hygiene- dental implants require more than just brushing. Special care is needed to clean them properly to avoid peri implantitis.

9. Regular visits to the dental hygienist and regular check ups.

10. A great implant dentist!

If you are missing teeth and would like the most advanced treatment available, contact Progressive Dentistry in Fulham today.


Feb 2024

Peri Implantitis - What Is It And How Can It Be Treated

Peri implantitis is becoming a major issue for dental implants and it is important to be aware of this when embarking on implant treatment to replace missing teeth. The term relates to a number of factors around implants but the main issues are: 1. Inflammation of the surrounding mucosa ( gum ) 2. Increased pocket depths around the dental implant 3. Bleeding on probing 4. Suppuration ( pus oozing from the tissues) 5. Loss of bone around the implant either in a horizontal , vertical or both directions. T… CONTINUE READING
Mar 2022

2 Dental Implants to Replace 3 Missing Teeth

Our case of the month for February 2022 is one involving 2 dental implants to replace 3 missing back teeth. Dental implants are considered the gold standard to replace missing teeth but what are dental implants? Well, essentially implants are the replacements for the roots of the missing teeth. They provide the foundation to allow us to place new teeth on top. Simple? Not really! Dental implant treatment is complicated and requires a huge amount of training, experience and ongoing education. Of course, some… CONTINUE READING
Jun 2020
Sep 2019

The Benefits Of Dental Implants

Have you ever had missing teeth? It is quite embarrassing because you can't smile properly, and you become extra shy. Some people deal with missing teeth by using dentures and or bridges. What's truly remarkable, though, is what dental implants can do for you. Sure, it is all about filling in the missing teeth, but dental implants provide far more benefits than only cosmetics. Here are four benefits you will receive from using dental implants:… CONTINUE READING