Dental implants are suitable for any patient that has sufficient height and width in the jawbone for safe implant placement and integration. In some rare cases, we have to tell a patient that implants are not a suitable treatment for them and advise them on other tooth replacement options such as bridges and dentures.
Measuring the Jawbone
Routine dental x-rays show large amounts of detail, but in only two dimensions. From these views, it is generally possible to judge the height of bone available for implant placement. However, more advanced imaging techniques are sometimes needed to determine the equally important bone width.
At Norfolk Dental Specialists, we have our own Cone Beam Computed Tomography scanner for taking accurate three-dimensional images of a patient’s jawbone. Images obtained by CBCT scanning will normally be able to show all of the information required about your bone, including quantity and quality. More importantly, the image will precisely locate the presence of anatomical structures (such as the maxillary sinuses and the inferior dental nerve) that must be avoided when placing implants.
At your initial consultation, our implant team will assess you to determine your suitability for implant treatment and discuss your options. We will take any x-rays or scans, then prepare a detailed treatment plan fully laying out the anticipated cost. Depending on the complexity of the treatment, we may also create a preliminary model. All being well, we should be able to book you in for implant placement at your next appointment.
If you would like to know more about dental implants, please don’t hesitate to call our reception on 01603 632525. We can book you in for a free appointment with our treatment co-ordinator who will explain each step of the procedure. Alternatively, you can download our brochure “All you need to know about dental implants” from the banner at the bottom of your screen.