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Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed into the jawbone to support a replacement tooth or bridge.

They are typically made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. The process of getting a dental implant involves several steps, including:

  1. Evaluation: Your dentist will examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.
  2. Implant placement: During this procedure, the implant is placed into the jawbone. This is typically done under local anaesthesia.
  3. Healing: It takes several months for the implant to fuse with the jawbone, a process called osseointegration.
  4. Abutment placement: After the implant has fused with the jawbone, an abutment is placed on top of the implant. The abutment is the connector that holds the replacement tooth or bridge in place.
  5. Restoration: Finally, the replacement tooth or bridge is attached to the abutment. This can be a crown, bridge, or denture.

Dental implants are a popular option for people who have lost teeth due to injury, decay, or other reasons. They are considered a permanent solution for missing teeth and can last a lifetime with proper care. However, they require good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups to ensure longevity.

Fully guided surgery for dental implants

Fully guided surgery for dental implants is a minimally invasive and highly accurate technique for placing dental implants. It involves using advanced computer imaging software and 3D printing technology to create a custom surgical guide for each patient. This guide is used during implant surgery to ensure precise implant placement.

The process of fully guided surgery for dental implants typically involves the following steps:

  1. Diagnostic imaging: The dentist or oral surgeon will take 3D images of the patient’s mouth using cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) or other advanced imaging technology. These images are used to create a virtual model of the patient’s jawbone and surrounding teeth.
  2. Treatment planning: The virtual model is used to plan the dental implant placement. The dentist can use the software to select the optimal location and angle for the implant and determine the depth and diameter of the implant.
  3. Surgical guide fabrication: A custom surgical guide is 3D printed based on the treatment plan. The guide fits over the patient’s teeth and gums and directs the drill and implant placement tools to the exact location and angle for optimal placement.
  4. Implant placement: The dental implant is placed using the surgical guide. The dentist or oral surgeon uses the guide to drill a hole for the implant and then insert the implant into the hole. Because the guide ensures accurate placement, there is minimal disruption to the surrounding tissue, resulting in less post-operative pain and faster healing time.

Fully guided surgery for dental implants has many benefits over traditional implant placement techniques, including increased accuracy, reduced surgical time, and faster healing time. It is also a good option for patients with complex cases, such as those with limited jawbone or those needing multiple implants.

CBCT

Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is an essential tool in dental implantology, as it provides detailed 3D images of the jawbone and surrounding structures, allowing for accurate planning and placement of dental implants.

Here are some ways that CBCT is used in dental implantology:

  1. Assessment of bone quantity and quality: CBCT can be used to assess the quantity and quality of bone in the implant site, allowing the dentist to determine if additional bone grafting procedures are necessary before implant placement.
  2. Implant placement planning: CBCT allows for precise implant placement planning, including determining the optimal angle, depth, and size of the implant. This ensures the implant is placed in the correct position for optimal function and aesthetics.
  3. Detection of anatomical structures: CBCT can help detect the location of vital structures such as nerves, sinuses, and blood vessels, allowing the dentist to avoid damaging these structures during the implant placement procedure.
  4. Monitoring of implant integration: After implant placement, CBCT can be used to monitor the integration of the implant with the surrounding bone, allowing the dentist to detect any complications or issues that may arise.

Overall, CBCT is a valuable tool in dental implantology, allowing for accurate and precise planning and placement of dental implants, resulting in better outcomes for patients.

If you are considering dental implants, please read our leaflet.

If you’re a dentist and you’re looking to refer, please complete our referral form.

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I recently visited Briars Dental Practice in Newbury and had a truly excellent experience. From the moment I walked in, the receptionist greeted me warmly and made me feel welcome. The hygienist who saw me prior to my appointment with the dentist was very thorough and gave me some great advice on how to keep my teeth healthy.I was then seen by Richard, one of the dentists at the practice, and I have to say that he and his nurse were fantastic. They put me at ease throughout the whole procedure, were extremely professional and caring, and made sure that I was comfortable at all times. I was also impressed by their attention to detail and their willingness to take the time to answer all of my questions.In fact, I was so pleased with my experience that I would also like to mention another dentist named Richard who saw me previously. He too was excellent, very thorough and professional, and I felt very well taken care of during my appointments with him.Overall, I can't recommend Briars Dental Practice highly enough. The staff are all so friendly, professional, and knowledgeable, and they really go above and beyond to make sure that their patients are well looked after. If you're looking for a great dental practice in Newbury, look no further than Briars.
Beatrice Andreea
Beatrice Andreea
12:07 11 May 23
Thank you for a wonderful experience, I am a coward when it comes to the dentist, Mr Nick French, put me at ease, and has the patience of a Saint. I would also say the dental nurse was I lovely lady who let me crush her hand while I was having my injections. I give Briars Dental Centre 10 out of 10, and would not hesitate to recommend them.
Jan Hamments
Jan Hamments
19:11 29 Jun 23
I had a hygienist appointment with Jo and her nurse, Suzanne. It was the first time I’d tried GBT and found the experience much more comfortable than usual. Jo and Suzanne really put me at ease and made sure I was happy throughout the treatment. It was good being able to clearly see the areas which I needed to improve on brushing and Jo gave me great tips. Would highly recommend
Lauren Jade
Lauren Jade
16:52 19 Jun 23
After such a positive experience today with Richard I thought it only fair to delete my previous review. I am a very nervous patient and not ashamed to say I cried before my appointment. Richard and his lovely dental nurse were so understanding and treated me with kindness and empathy. Richard explained everything to me and allowed me to go at my pace. All options for my next appointment were explained to me and I now have trust in Richard that I feel I will not need full sedation. I was in alot of pain prior to my appointment today along with an enormous amount of anxiety. Richard even explained to me how to breathe when having treatment- no other dentist has ever explained that to me before!Thank you again Richard and to your lovely dental nurse.
Mary Lovelock
Mary Lovelock
15:03 24 Apr 23
I had my consultancy appointment with Chelsea today who looked after me very well. She was very friendly and easy to talk to and explained everything to me very nicely. And also answered all of my questions and made me feel at ease today and for future appointments. It was nice to meet you, and thank you.Glenn.
Glenn Cooper
Glenn Cooper
22:20 23 May 23
I recently had to visit Richard Lineker as I'd broken a tooth.He and his lovely nurse Agata made me feel comfortable and explained what treatment I needed.They work extremely well as a team andmy treatment was painless.
Pauline Preston
Pauline Preston
13:59 12 Jul 23
Wanted to share my mother's thoughts of recent experience visiting Jo Craig hygienist."Jo was attentive , caring gentle and thorough today.I came out feeling fresh and motivated.Well looked after also by her lovely nurse Jenny."Angela Shaw.
Suzanne Hendry
Suzanne Hendry
11:03 21 Jul 23
I am very pleased with the treatment I received. After another dentist had told me the tooth had to be extracted, Mr Fady Khoury managed to save the tooth. The procedure was carried out in a very efficient and professional manner and I am very happy with the outcome.
Terence Marshall
Terence Marshall
16:03 24 Jul 23
Had an appointment with Chelsea today and it went very very well. Had my scans and photos done for Invisalign, which can be a bit awkward but she made it a comfortable experience. She was very friendly, welcoming, put me at ease and asked if I had any overall questions at that stage of the process. She was knowledgeable and explained everything I asked about. It's my first time at this clinic so I'm looking forward for my second appointment to discuss treatment. Great first impression from the moment I stepped through the door! Thanks!
Diana
Diana
11:01 31 Jul 23
A very happy customer! I had quite a lot of crooked and misaligned teeth so Victoria introduced me to Invisalign. She carefully created a program to give me the smile I wanted. In the end it took longer than we had expected but Victoria very diligently took me through every step of the process and she didn’t compromise on any part of the process to ensure I got the smile and teeth alignment we both wanted. A huge thank you to her and her assistant Jen who made every effort to make me feel comfortable throughout. Highly recommended.San
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San James
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