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Immediate Implants – Front Tooth Replacement
This is one of Dr. Seddon’s favourite procedures as it allows patients to walk out with the tooth they originally came in with unless of course, it doesn’t look that great! Also, this can be one of the most non-invasive procedures and therefore relatively painless.
This procedure is really quite simple. It involves a review of all the important post-operative instructions, pre-operative medications, and antibacterial mouth rinse, and giving some anesthetic to make the procedure relatively painless. When the surgery begins, it is Dr. Seddon’s goal not to touch any of the gums around the tooth while removing the tooth or root with a special device that makes this non-traumatic procedure possible. Once the tooth comes out, Dr. Seddon will then examine the surrounding bone to ensure it is able to accept a dental implant. If everything looks ideal, Dr. Seddon will place an appropriate-sized implant that will be secure enough to accept a tooth. The implant is placed and then either the original tooth or crown may be used or an acrylic version that matches the colour, size, and shape of the adjacent teeth. Oftentimes, there is some bone particles that will be added on the front portion of the dental implant to fill in any spaces and prevent any resorption of the bone which can occur after removing the tooth, and sometimes Dr. Seddon may elect to add some gum tissue to the area to create ideal tissue esthetics for your smile. It really depends on the case and what is needed to get to ideal.
Sometimes there may not be enough bone to place the tooth right away because the dental implant needs to be very secure in the bone – this is known as “primary stability.” If we don’t have this primary stability, then we would simply place a healing cap on the implant to allow the tissue to heal and then restore the tooth by bonding it to the adjacent teeth or using a flipper denture that you would have to take out at night. Obviously, a bonded tooth is best for this situation, but we will do whatever is best for the patient.
In either situation, whether we restore the implant immediately or not, after 3-4 months of bone healing we will bring the patient back for impressions for the dental lab to create a beautiful, lifelike porcelain crown that will be secured on the implant. Our goal is to make it seem as though nothing has been done in the area.
If you have a broken tooth or failing tooth, then please call us to help you solve this problem!
Dr. Seddon is constantly involved in continuing education when it comes to implants. In fact, he has trained all over the world in Italy, France, and the United States. He has learned from the top training programs including the Misch International Implant Institute and American Academy of Implant Dentistry Maxi Course, and he is now a Diplomate with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and Associate Fellow with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. In 2017, Dr. Seddon will be completing the last phase of his diplomate process with the American Board of Oral Implantology.
Teeth-in-a-Day, All-on-Four Technique
If you have existing dentures or perhaps your teeth are failing and may soon be lost, teeth-in-a-day may be for you. This process involves removing teeth (if any are present) and placing 4-8 implants to secure a denture for immediate use – all in the same day. Obviously, this can be a very involved procedure, taking several hours, but when it can all be done in a day, the benefits can be life-changing.
Prior to the big day, Dr. Seddon will fabricate assess the esthetics of the face and the smile and construct a brand new denture that will be used as the denture on the day of surgery. This will involve some photos, measurements, and impressions to get the teeth in the most ideal position.
On the day of surgery, patients may elect to come in for sedation prior to the appt and also to do the PRF procedure to collect healing factors for the surgery. We once again go over post-operative instructions and give pre-medication, which usually consists of antibiotics, painkillers, and anti-inflammatories. Patients are then given anesthetic so that they feel absolutely no discomfort during the procedure. Then Dr. Seddon will remove the teeth, prepare the bone, place implants, and then place stitches all around each of the implants for patient comfort. Once the tissues are closed, we will then start the denture fixation process with our in-house lab technician by taking some impressions and then refitting the denture to secure it to the implants. By the time we are completed, the patient will walk out with a beautiful smile that doesn’t move and cannot be taken out!
We have found that this can be an incredible process for patients where they have been dealing with a denture all their lives and then finally they can live in a world where it feels almost like they have their original teeth again or perhaps even a better version with a more beautiful smile.
Dr. Seddon has trained in implant dentistry all over the world, learning from experts in the field. He is a diplomate with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and an associate fellow with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He has trained at both the Misch Implant Institute under the guidance of Dr. Carl Misch and the esteemed AAID maxi-course.
If you would like to come in for a free consultation, please give us a call, and our wonderful treatment coordinator, Gillian, can help guide you through the various options and help you with the whole process.Contact Us