You will be treated by a dental implant dentist. Experts in their own fields of dentistry.
Although many dentists that practice general dentistry can also place implants following a short course, they are not necessarily a dental implant dentist. Implant therapy is a specialist field that can be separated into three dental disciplines that correlate with the three phases of treatment necessary for successful implant surgery and a truly aesthetic smile. At the Birmingham Periodontal and Implant center we have a dedicated team of specialists in each of their fields and with many years of experience. These dental implant dentists will guide you through each phase of your treatment, assuring only the highest quality of care in our state of the art dental facilities in Birmingham.
During the dental implant procedure you will be seen by two specialists. First of all a periodontist (Specialist in gum diseases and placement of dental implants) will examine your gums and general oral health, and will also place the small titanium implant screw. Then a prosthodontist (Specialist in crown and bridgework and also restoring dental implants) will fix the appropriate prosthesis (artificial tooth/teeth) on top of the implant. There are many advantages to being treated by our specialists; who have been each carrying out these procedures for over 15 years .
Due to the increasing number of dentists who now place implants we have found that more patients are coming to see us as referrals due to failing implant treatment that we have the expertise to remedy. We hope that you will exercise caution when choosing a dental implant dentist and give wise consideration to your general dental health over the cost of getting the cheapest implant available.
The role of a Periodontist as a dental implant dentist
A periodontist is a GDC registered specialist who is concerned with the underlying support structures of the teeth, including but not limited to the gums and bone that keep your teeth in place. Periodontal disease (gum disease) is an infection of the support structures of the teeth caused by bacteria in your mouth. The infections destroy the foundation, the gum and bone around your teeth, causing your teeth to loosen and fall out. It is important that you have good oral hygiene and you are free from periodontal disease before your implant treatment begins. Otherwise there is a significant risk that your new implants could fail in time.
The role of the Dental Implant Surgeon
Once it is established that your gums are in a healthy condition then the periodontist (dental implant surgeon or implantologist) will carry out a thorough examination including dental x-rays and a medical and dental history. If your case is more advanced we may take a CT scan as we have this dedicated facility at the practice. This is a great advantage as you would not have to visit a hospital for a scan if it was required. We would then discuss all the possible options regarding improving your gums and smile. Once a treatment plan has been agreed, the dental implant surgeon will select a recognised implant system from one of the leading manufacturers.
The implant system selected by the dental implant surgeon/implantologist will be specific to your case and meet your unique requirements. The dental implant systems basically comprises of an artificial tooth root that is placed where the missing tooth used to be. These implants can support fixed crown or bridgework or even a removable denture. We have been involved in providing dental implants for over 15 years and Dr Boota Ubhi has placed over 2500 implants with 98% success over this time. You can learn more about dental implant procedures here. Once the surgery has been completed there will be a period of time between appointments, after which you will return to see the prosthodontist who will plan, design and implement the prosthesis (false teeth) that will be fixed to the small titanium screw that has been placed in the gap where your teeth were missing.
What is a Prosthodontist?
The prosthodontist is responsible for the completion of your treatment by utilising various prosthesis to create a functional and aesthetic replacement to your missing tooth/teeth. In simple terms a prosthodontist is a highly trained specialist dentist – registered by the General Dental Council – who coordinates your dental treatment to make sure you achieve the best final result of a healthy, functioning, pain-free, aesthetically pleasing smile. If you think of a building then prosthodontist is the architect who designs the building on solid foundations, the site manager who makes sure all the pieces come together on time and fit properly and the interior designer who makes sure the aesthetics are of the highest standard.
The official definition of “prosthodontics” is as follows:
“Prosthodontics is the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes” This includes simple fillings, veneers, crowns, bridges, full dentures, partial dentures, attachment dentures and all aspects of implant dentistry ranging from single implant crowns to full mouth bridgework supported by implants.
1: A dentist who has successfully completed an advanced education program in prosthodontics that is accredited by the appropriate accrediting body – in the UK and EU this is the General dental Council (GDC) and members of the public are free to go to the official GDC website to verify that the dentist treating you is an accredited specialist in the field and not simply calling himself a “specialist”. Only the GDC can award the title “specialist”.
2: There are no registered specialists in dental implantology, if a dentist claims to be an implant specialist then they are actually in breach of the General Dental Council guidelines and can be reprimanded or even struck off.