There is no I in team.
Never has this been truer than in modern Implant dentistry. Dental implants are an increasingly popular choice for patients wanting to replace missing teeth. The successful outcome of implant dentistry is dependent on many factors. A comprehensive assessment is required during the planning and maintenance phases requiring multiple dental disciplines.
Why is a multidisciplinary approach necessary?
The answer to that is simple! It provides patients with the most predictable and comprehensive care. A team approach includes a sound knowledge of;
Evidence has shown that people who suffer from chronic gum disease are at higher risk of implant failure and therefore long-term maintenance and cleaning of implants is essential for their survival. Dental hygienists trained in implant dentistry are invaluable members of our implant team. Regular hygiene visits will improve and maintain your periodontal health prior to and following dental implant treatment. Our hygiene team is led by Hilary Cooke specialist periodontist.
When teeth are lost there is a tendency of adjacent teeth to move, rotate or tilt into the space. The degree of loss of space varies in different patients and in different areas of the mouth. Insufficient space may prevent the placement of a dental implant. Moving and de‑rotating adjacent teeth with orthodontics (braces) is often required to create the optimum space before placing implants. Orthodontics is carried out by Alex Griffin at the Exeter Dental Centre.
Surgical aspects of dental implant treatment include assessment of the quality and quantity of bone, the management of the tissues around the dental implant and the timing of implant placement. Surgery is routinely carried out under local anaesthetic under ‘operating theatre’ conditions. X-rays enable the width and length of the implant to be chosen before any surgery is carried out. This helps avoid any damage to adjacent anatomic structures, such as teeth or nerves. Dental Implant placements are carried out by Phil Bennett, Ruairi Cunnane and Joanna Sutcliffe at the Exeter Dental Centre.
Anxiety towards dental implant surgery is common for many patients and is one of the main limiting factors to treatment. We successfully treat many anxious patients using conscious sedation for both general and implant dentistry. Conscious sedation is carried out by Ruairi Cunnane and Joanna Sutcliffe at the Exeter Dental Centre.
Restoring a dental implant involves taking an accurate impression, recording the patients bite and taking a precise tooth shade. All this information enables our dental technicians to fabricate an implant crown that looks like a natural tooth and provide an aesthetic result for our patients.
A team approach to implant dentistry has worked very successfully at The Exeter Dental Centre!