The placement of dental implants is well developed at Colm Smith Dental. Our implant team comprises of Mr. Chris Bell, specialist Oral Surgeon who has been working in the practice for 14 years. Chris is also a tutor for the MSc implant course at Bristol Dental Hospital & University. He is assisted by Colm Smith who has over 25 years experience in denistry which includes part time teaching at Queens University in Belfast. Over the last ten years Colm has regularly travelled to the United States to keep up to date on the various implant systems.
Dental implants offer a permanent solution for your missing teeth. A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully prepared at the precise location of the intended tooth. Sometimes the implant can be placed at the same visit as the removal of the tooth it replaces.
A dental implant is an artificial titanium tooth root that is placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. In our practice we have placed single implant to full arch implants. Implants can replace a single tooth up to a full arch of teeth, which may have been extracted due to injury or disease. Implants are very durable, will last many years, and require the same “maintenance” as real teeth, including brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups.
Implants offer many dental benefits. They prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often accompany bridgework and dentures. Neighbouring teeth are not altered to support the implant as they are with a bridge, which is a significant long-term benefit to your oral health.
Implants may be considered a more appropriate alternative to fix the appearance of missing teeth than dentures, as they look and feel like your own teeth and offer the freedom from the worries about misplaced dentures and messy pastes and glues. They also facilitate proper chewing and increase self-confidence, as speech and appearance are often improved.
Placement of implants requires extra surgical skills. Meticulous treatment planning is necessary. The patient can have great confidence in having a specialist oral surgeon place the implant knowing that any complications will be comfortably managed. As part of treatment planning, a cat scan may be required.
The next stage involves placement of the overall crowns. This stage is managed by the principal, Dr. Colm Smith. Again, the patient can feel great confidence in his hands. We have documented cases where we have restored jaws with no teeth to full dentition down to the single implant. Patients have offered to discuss their treatment if you wish to consider implants.
Placement of implants is often carried out under IV sedation. The surgical nurse in charge of surgery is our very experienced Andrea Trenier. Kelly Hall is in charge of the prosthetic stage where the implant(s) is restored. Both nurses will be happy to answer any queries you may have at any time. Our hygienist Ms. Avril Johnston will be in charge of hygiene maintenance.
For more information on the implant system we use, Bicon Dental Implants, why not visit their website: