Similarly to the rest of the UK dental implants in Northern Ireland are becoming more and more popular. The rise in awareness, the widespread information available about the procedure, and the positive feedback has prompted many denture wearers and tooth loss sufferers alike to consider their options. That said, as the implantation process is a surgical procedure it does have a certain amount of risk attached to it. One of those being that improper placement could lead to complications.
Inferior dental nerve
The inferior dental nerve for instance runs behind the wisdom teeth, directly under the molars, and emerges in the facial tissue where our pre-molar teeth were once located. If this nerve is damaged or even disturbed upon implant placement it can cause short or long-term nerve problems. This is why when you undergo a dental injection at the back of the mouth, you’re likely to experience a numb lip On rare occasions a nerve re-route may have to be carried out so that the implant can be fitted correctly without causing damage to the surrounding area.
Replacing upper back teeth can be problematic in the fact that this is where the maxillary sinus is located. Whilst perforating the sinus membrane isn’t particularly problematic in itself, it should be considered that it isn’t a sterile area and as such bacteria located in the sinus membrane could be transferred onto the surface of the implant. This could ultimately cause healing problems later on down the line.
All that said, both nerve damage and cross-contamination from sinus perforation are pretty rare but they should be taken into consideration before you choose to have dental implant treatment.
So how can a dentist in Belfast make sure that these structures are avoided when placing implants?
Many implant clinics now use 3D scanning in the form of CT scans. Unlike conventional X-rays they provide a three-dimensional snapshot or a section of an area such as the mouth. Therefore it can not only pinpoint the whereabouts of important anatomical features, but also the depth and thickness of equally important features such as bone. This means that a highly experienced implantologist in Belfast should be able to plot the exact placement and depth of the implant before they go ahead with the procedure.
Despite the potential for problems we should point out that the implantation process carries a success rate of somewhere between 90% and 95% and over 10,000 implants are successfully placed in the UK each year alone. For this reason when you consider undergoing treatment for a dental implant in Belfast you’re buying into a procedure that not only works, but is considered the nearest thing to natural looking tooth replacement that modern dentistry has. As such the procedure has changed, and continues to change, many lives. To find out more contact Blue Sky Dentistry on 028 9068 7722 or visit our website at www.blueskydentist.com