We understand that our patients have frequently asked questions so we thought we would try to collate these together including general questions, questions about treatment, cost and finance. This way our patients can make the best decision for their treatment.
A. You can either:
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A. We do not offer routine or general dental services (e.g. check-ups, hygiene, fillings, root canal treatments, single dental implants etc). We only perform full-arch solutions for our patients. We have completed thousands of these procedures.
We also have the following differentiating factors that make us different to a normal dentist:
We have our own in-house laboratories, with digital software and 3D printing technology
Our surgeries do not require bone grafting
Our clinicians can place implants in the Pterygoid bone (so we can avoid Sinus lifts).
We will only extract teeth that cannot be saved and we do not invite people in for Clinical Assessment, we turn people away if they have perfectly healthy teeth and do not require a full jaw dental implant restoration.
Q. How many appointments will it take to complete my journey?
Q. Why will I not require bone grafting?
A: In traditional dentistry, when providing implants around existing teeth that are healthy and staying put, it is often necessary to add bone graft materials to rebuild the lost architecture so it can complement the architecture of the adjacent existing teeth.
Our procedures involve a full jaw correction. With full jaw correction, we only need bone that is no more than 5mm wide and 10mm high, and of adequate spread, across the jaw.
With cone-beam CT (CBCT) scanning (which we provide for free in the clinical assessment), we can evaluate the availability, position and quality of even these small amounts of remaining bone.
We use newer implant techniques, such as placing pterygoid and zygomatic implants – which negate the need in most cases for either bone grafts or sinus lifts.
Q. How often will I need my teeth examined following the procedure?
A. Annually. Proper maintenance is extremely important to the stability of the implants as well as the longevity of the bridge. Your teeth need to be professionally examined by a Smile Designs Implant Studi Clinician annually. In this Annual Maintenance appointment, we will:
Your aftercare and home-care routine can also significantly influence implant success and you will receive detailed instructions on this.
Q. What does a dental implant bridge feel like?
A: If your natural teeth have been missing or compromised for many years, having a new bridge in the mouth will be a new sensation and might take some getting used to. Given time, the bridge will feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. There certainly won’t be any uncomfortable, bulky palate that you find with dentures.
Q. How do I care for my new teeth?
A: We will give you detailed aftercare instructions when you come to see us. This will tell you what to do at different intervals following surgery. You also need to attend your Annual Maintenance appointments.
You should brush your bridges like you did your natural teeth; twice daily with the soft toothbrush that we provide. Use a non-abrasive tooth gel as opposed to regular toothpaste.
An electronic toothbrush should not be used until instructed by our clinical team (usually after 5 months). Do not brush your gums as this will affect proper healing. After 5 months, we recommend an electronic toothbrush such as a Philips Sonicare.
Oral irrigators are excellent for cleaning under the prosthesis (along with vigorous rinsing). We recommend the Waterpik or Silonit oral irrigator. Interproximal brushes may be used under the lower prosthesis. These brushes look like little bottle brushes (eg TePe brushes) and are widely available.
Q. How can dental implants be placed at the same time as removing teeth?
A: In most cases, the best time to place implants is when we are removing teeth, as you are using the same healing process after tooth removal to integrate bone into the implants.
Q: Is dental implant treatment painful?
A: The simple answer is ‘no’. We believe in total pain management and carry out the surgical procedure under local anaesthetic.
As with all extensive dental treatment, some patients will experience post-operative tenderness in the mouth and mild swelling for a few days after the procedure.
Full pre and post-operative medications and instructions are provided by our clinical team.
Q. How long is the surgical phase of the treatment?
A. Dr David can fit a full arch (top and bottom) in just 3hours without complications.
Q: Will my new teeth look and feel like natural teeth?
A: Over time, dental implants actually become part of your mouth because they bond to your jawbone like real teeth. You can work with our expert dental technicians to perfect the shape, colour and size of your teeth so that they look completely natural.
Our prostheses are designed to complement the individual’s facial anatomy. Bright white teeth, for example, would most probably just look false.
You want a result where people will talk to your face, not to your teeth.
Your new teeth look and feel like natural teeth, they will also function like healthy teeth. You’ll be able to eat whatever sensible foods you wish, with total confidence.
Q: What foods can I eat after surgery?
A: Immediately after receiving your fixed teeth prosthesis, you can eat all foods you can cut easily with a fork. Chewing forces should be kept relatively gentle in the first 4 months following surgery to allow your jawbone to bond firmly with the implants.
Once we have done our final checks at 6 months after implant placement and we are sure your implants have fully integrated with your jawbone, you may move on to more adventurous foods. Our food recommendations for the first 4 months include fish, chicken, pasta, chips, mashed and boiled potatoes, and eggs. Your Evo team will give you specific instructions for your case.
Q. Does Smile Designs Implant Studio offer finance?
A. Yes, we do offer a payment plan and you can use our online calculator to see how much your new teeth would potentially cost here Pricing
Q. What kinds of payment do Smile Designs Implant Studio offer?
A: Debit/Credit card, bank cheque, bank transfer, third-party financing (prior to surgery).
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