Overview

General and Cosmetic Dentistry

General dentists at Burjeel Medical City providers dental care to people of all ages. At a routine visit to our general dentist, you will probably have a thorough examination of your mouth (including teeth, gums, and other structures), a professional cleaning, and a discussion about your dental (and overall) health. If your exam reveals the presence of tooth decay, you will probably also have a filling in the affected tooth.

Unlike specialists, who are mostly focused on a particular aspect of dental practice, Burjeel Medical City's general dentists provide a wide array of services that are vital to your continued health, including:

Preventive services:

These help you maintain good oral health by stopping disease before it takes hold in your mouth. Regular exams (including diagnostic images such as x-rays) and professional teeth cleanings are a cornerstone of prevention. Your general dentist may give you detailed instructions to improve your at-home oral hygiene, and may also recommend preventive treatments such as sealants, if needed.

Restorative Services:

When a problem is found, your dentist will ensure you get timely and appropriate treatment. Probably the most common (and highly effective) dental restoration involves removing tooth decay and placing a filling in the affected tooth. But that's not the only restorative procedure Burjeel Medical City's general dentists provide. General dentists can diagnose and treat the causes of tooth pain or gum disease. They may also offer treatments for missing teeth, place crowns or bridgework, and help you get fitted with dentures. More advanced treatments, such as root canal therapy, orthodontics, and dental implants are performed by some of our privileged general dentist.

Cosmetic Procedures:

Burjeel Medical City's general dentists can help you get the sparkling smile you've always wanted with a range of cosmetic procedures. These include teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding—even porcelain veneers. If a brighter smile is what you're looking for, ask your general dentist about a smile makeover.

Overall Health Concerns:

In many respects, your oral health can be seen as a mirror of your general health. Some dental problems may reflect issues in other parts of your body, and vice versa. For example, untreated oral infections can lead to poorer control of diabetes, an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease, and complications during pregnancy.

General dentists at Burjeel Medical City are trained to identify these and other issues, and offer appropriate treatment or referral when needed. One special concern is obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially deadly condition that can sometimes be treated with an oral appliance. Our General dentists can also offer nutritional counseling, advice on tobacco cessation and general health and wellness information.

Endodontics

Root Canal Therapy or Endodontic treatment is used to salvage teeth when the pulp has become infected, causing discomfort and tooth aches. The dental pulp of the tooth is located at the root of the tooth and is where the blood and nerves of the tooth are housed, essential for its development. However, once the tooth is fully grown it can function normally and in a healthy manner without the pulp. If an infection of the pulp is left untreated it can spread to the ligament and bone which supports the tooth. Consequently, an erosion of these areas can lead to tooth loss.

Endodontic treatment is the removal of the infected or dead pulp through a small opening on the surface of the tooth. The area is then sterilized and sealed with a white fillings to prevent further infection and provide a natural appearance. Depending on the severity of the infection, root canal therapy may necessitate multiple visits to complete. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, contact Burjeel Medical City Dental to book an appointment.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Root Canal

Why is root canal treatment needed?

If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. This may eventually lead to an abscess. If root canal treatment (RCT) is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.

Does it hurt?

No. A local anesthetic is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done.

What does it involve?

The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist. At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. Any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle. The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.

What if I don't have the treatment?

The alternative is to have the tooth out. Once the pulp is destroyed, it can't heal and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.

Will the tooth be safe after treatment?

Yes. However, it is better to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.

What about aftercare?

Root-treated teeth should be treated just the same as any other tooth. Remember to clean your teeth at least once a day, preferably with fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on sugary snacks, and keep them only to mealtimes if possible. See your dentist for regular check-ups.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

At Burjeel Medical City Dental Center, we provide a full spectrum of surgical services and compassionate support for you and your family. Our team of dental experts offers special focus on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, giving out the highest calibre of surgical care for patients requiring bone grafts, implant placements and treatments for diseases and injuries to the teeth, jaws, mouth, bones and facial structures.

Burjeel Medical City Dental Center has highly skilled oral & maxillofacial surgeons committed to providing the very best in oral and maxillofacial care. The team of surgeons at Burjeel Medical City Dental Center provides a number of dental and jaw related services.

State of the art facilities at our Burjeel Medical City Dental Center are equipped with operating theatres where we are able to provide in-house general anaesthetic and local anaesthetic procedures.

Wisdom Teeth

Why do we have wisdom teeth?

Adults can have up to 32 teeth. The wisdom teeth are the last to come through, right at the back. They usually appear when you are between 17 and 25, although sometimes they appear many years later. Nowadays people often have jaws that are too small for all 32 teeth - 28 teeth are often the most we have room for. So if all the other teeth are present and healthy there may not be enough space for the wisdom teeth to come through properly.

Do they always cause problems?

No. If there is enough room they will usually come through into a useful position and cause no more problems than any other tooth. Often there will be some slight discomfort as they come through, but this is only temporary and will disappear once the tooth is fully in position.

What is an impacted wisdom tooth?

If there is not enough room, the wisdom tooth may try to come through, but will get stuck against the tooth in front of it. The wisdom tooth will be at an angle, and will be described by the dentist as 'impacted'.

What problems should I be prepared for?

If part of the wisdom tooth has appeared through the gum and part of it is still covered, the gum may become sore and perhaps swollen. Food particles and bacteria can collect under the gum edge, and it will be difficult to clean the area effectively. Your dentist will tell you whether this is a temporary problem that can be dealt with by using mouthwashes and special cleaning methods (and possibly antibiotics), or whether it is better to have the tooth removed.

What can I do to help myself?

If your gums are sore and swollen, use a mouthwash of medium hot water with a teaspoonful of salt. (Check that it is not too hot before using it.) Swish the salt water around the tooth, trying to get into the areas your toothbrush cannot reach. An antibacterial mouthwash such as Corsodyl can also reduce the inflammation. Pain-relieving tablets can also be useful for short term.

But, what if it does not help?

If the pain does not go away or if you find it difficult to open your mouth, you should see a dentist.

Are x-rays needed?

The dentist will usually take x-rays to see the position of the root, and to see whether there is room for the tooth to come through into a useful position.

What are the main reasons for taking wisdom teeth out?

When it is clear that the wisdom teeth will not be able to come through into a useful position because there is not enough room, and they are also causing some pain or discomfort. If they have only partly come through and are decayed - as it will be difficult to clean them as thoroughly as other teeth. If the wisdom tooth is causing a cleaning problem and has no real use. If the wisdom tooth starts to 'over-grow' - happens if the lower one has already been removed or is impacted and cannot come through, and the upper one has no tooth to bite against. Thus, the upper one will come down too far, looking for a tooth to make contact with. If they are painful.

Are wisdom teeth difficult to take out?

It all depends on the position and the shape of the roots. Your dentist will tell you how easy or difficult each tooth will be to remove after looking at the x-rays.

Will it makes any difference to my face or mouth?

Taking wisdom teeth out may cause some swelling for a few days. But as soon as the area is healed, there will be no difference to your f ace or appearance. Your mouth will feel more comfortable and less crowded, especially if the teeth were impacted.

Extraction

I've had my tooth out - what should I do now?

Take it easy for the rest of the day. Take as little exercise as you can, and rest as much as you can. Keep your head up to avoid any bleeding.

What precautions should I take?

Avoid hot food or drinks until the anesthetic wears off. This is important as you cannot feel pain properly and may burn or scald your mouth. Also be careful not to chew your cheek, which can happen when there is no feeling. While resting try to keep your head higher for the first night using an extra pillow if possible.

Should I rinse my mouth out?

Do not be tempted to rinse the area for the first 24 hours. It is important to allow the socket to heal, and you must be careful not to damage the blood clot by eating on that side or letting your tongue disturb it. This can allow infection into the socket and affect healing.

Is there anything else I should avoid?

Avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours, as this can encourage bleeding and delay healing. Eat and drink lukewarm food as normal but avoid chewing on that area of your mouth.

When should I brush?

It is just as important, if not more so, to keep your mouth clean after an extraction. However, you do need to be careful around the extraction site.

What do I do if it bleeds?

The first thing to remember is that there may be some slight bleeding for the first day or so. Many people are concerned about the amount of bleeding. This is due to the fact that a small amount of blood is mixed with a larger amount of saliva, which looks more dramatic than it is. If you do notice bleeding, do not rinse out, but apply pressure to the socket. Bite firmly on a folded piece of clean cotton material such as a handkerchief for at least 15 minutes. Make sure this is placed directly over the extraction site and that the pad is replaced if necessary. If the bleeding has not stopped after an hour or two, contact your dentist.

Implants

Are implants safe? How long will they last?

Implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. The vast majority of modern implants last for at least 15 years.

I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have implants?

Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants - from one single tooth to a complete set.

Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?

It depends on the state of the bone in your jaw. Your dentist will arrange for a number of special tests to assess the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn't healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.

Do implants hurt?

Placing the implants requires a small operation. This can be carried out under local anesthesia with sedation or with a general anesthesia. You will not feel any pain at the time, but you may feel some discomfort during the week following the surgery. This is usually due to having stitches in place, and the normal healing process.

Can I have the new teeth straight away?

No. The implants need to bond (integrate) with the bone after they have been placed. This takes about 3 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper jaw. If you are having one, two or three teeth replaced, you will have a temporary restoration in the meantime. If you have complete dentures, then you can wear them throughout the healing period once they have been adjusted after the surgery.

How long does treatment take?

It takes about 12 months from the initial assessment to the time when the artificial teeth or dentures are finally attached to the implants. However, if only the lower jaw is involved then it may only take around 5 months. A lot depends on how complicated your treatment is. Your dentist will be able to give you a timetable once the surgery has been done.

Is it difficult to clean adjacent teeth?

Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that give you problems and you'll be shown methods to help.

If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the teeth attached to the implants?

Only if you don't care for them well enough. If you keep them clean, and don't smoke, then you should not have any problems.

Can I take the teeth out if they are fixed to implants?

Most artificial teeth attached to implants can only be placed and removed by the dentist. However, if you have complete dentures fixed to the implants by bars, then you'll be able to take them out for cleaning.

Do the implants show?

Your dentist will make sure that the implants won't show during all normal movements of the mouth and lips. You will need to be able to see them, so that you can clean them properly.

Do I have an implant for each missing tooth?

No, unless you're only having a single tooth replaced. Normally, five or six implants are used to replace all the teeth in one jaw, as each implant can usually support two teeth. For a few missing teeth, two or three implants may be used.

What if I get hit in the face?

Implants and the teeth they support can be damaged by an accident in the same way that natural teeth can. However, if the false teeth are damaged and the remnants are left in the bone then they may be more difficult to remove than natural teeth would be. After healing, new false teeth can then be placed alongside the fragments.

What happens if the implant does not bond (integrate) with the bone?

This happens very rarely. If the implant becomes loose during the healing period or just after, then it is easily removed and healing takes place in the normal way. Once the jaw has healed, another implant can be placed there.

Is the treatment expensive?

Unfortunately, yes, due to the expensive materials used in the procedure. However, in many situations, the cost of the treatment is only a little more than the cost of more conventional treatment with crowns and bridges.

How soon can I have a cigarette?

It is important not to do anything which will increase your blood pressure, as this can lead to further bleeding. We recommend that you avoid smoking for as long as you can after an extraction, but this should be at least for the rest of the day.

Is there anything I can do to help my mouth?

Different people heal at different speeds after an extraction. It is important to keep your mouth and the extraction site as clean as possible, making sure that the socket is kept clear of all food and debris. Don't rinse for the first 24 hours, and this will help your mouth to start healing. After this time use a salt-water mouthwash, this helps to heal the socket. A teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water gently rinsed around the socket twice a day can help to clean and heal the area. Keep this up for at least a week or for as long as your dentist tells you. It is important to keep to a healthy diet; and take a Vitamin C supplement, which will help your wound to heal.

I am in pain, what should I take?

There will usually be some tenderness in the area for the first few days, and in most cases some simple pain relief is enough to ease the discomfort. What you would normally take for a headache should be enough. However, always follow the

manufacturer's instructions and if in doubt check with your doctor first. Do not take aspirin, as this will make your wound bleed.

Are there any medicines I should avoid?

Aspirin should be avoided because it can thin the blood slightly. Asthma sufferers should avoid Ibuprofen-based pain relief.

I am still in pain, what could it be?

Sometimes an infection can get in the socket, which can be very painful. This is when the bony socket walls are exposed and become infected. This is called a dry socket, and in some cases, it is worse than the original toothache. In this case, it is important to see your dentist, who may place a dressing in the socket and prescribe a course of antibiotics to help relieve the infection. You may also feel the sharp edge of the socket with your tongue and sometimes small pieces of bone may work their way to the surface of the socket. This is perfectly normal.

Will my dentist need to see me again?

If it has been a particularly difficult extraction, the dentist will give you a follow-up appointment. This could be to remove any stitches that were needed, or simply to check the area is healing well. Your dentist will also want to discuss the options available for you to replace your lost tooth.

Orthodontics

If your adult teeth have grown crooked or oddly positioned, or your top and bottom teeth don't meet correctly when you bite together, you'll benefit from orthodontic treatment to reposition them into a straight, healthy and comfortable smile. There are a variety of treatment approaches and the braces can even be invisible.

Burjeel Medical City Dental Center's Orthodontic service offers high-quality orthodontic care for adults and children at affordable rates. Services include early treatment for children, traditional braces for teenagers and adults, clear aligners for adults and the most up-to-date and sophisticated orthodontic procedures, including surgical and implant orthodontics, for patients with complex problems.

We provide "state of the art" treatment to our patients who present with a broad spectrum of malocclusions and dentofacial deformities.

There are a variety of options, both fixed and removable, which help move teeth, retain muscles and affect the growth of the jaws. They work by placing gentle pressure on the teeth as they move in the jaw bone.

Traditional Braces:

The most common fixed treatment option, braces consist of brackets, elastic bands and an arch wire. Brackets are bonded to the front of the tooth and used as anchors for the braces. Arch wires are placed through the brackets and small elastic bands secure the arch wire in the bracket. Tightening the arch wire puts tension on the teeth, gradually moving them into proper position.

Orthodontists adjust braces every 4-6 weeks to bring about the desired results, which may be achieved in one to three years.

Ceramic Braces:

Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less noticeable.

Today's braces are smaller, lighter and show far less metal than in the past. They come in bright colors for kids, and clear styles preferred by many adults.

Once braces are removed, a retainer is worn on both the upper and lower jaws (or where the braces were placed originally) for at least one year to hold the teeth into place in their new position.

Although a little discomfort is expected during orthodontic treatment, today's braces are more comfortable than ever before. Newer orthodontic techniques and materials have been developed to move teeth in a shorter period of time.

Here's an overview of some of the other orthodontic treatment options:

Lingual Braces:

Lingual braces, also called invisible braces, are placed on the interior side of the teeth (by the tongue and palate) and are a great option for people concerned about their appearance. Similar to traditional braces, teeth are straightened using continuous gentle pressure to help them slowly shift into the proper position. Lingual braces involve more customization and may be more expensive than traditional braces.

Invisalign:

Invisalign is a set of custom-made clear plastic aligners, which are designed to shift your teeth into the proper position. About twice a month, the patient switches to a new set of aligner trays, repeating this until their teeth are in the correct position. Invisalign is intended to deliver the same benefits as traditional braces but the aligner trays are less noticeable, offering an aesthetic advantage. The aligners are removed for eating, brushing and flossing, and may not take as long to achieve good results as braces during orthodontic treatment.

Retainers:

Strictly speaking, retainers aren't braces. Instead of moving your teeth, their job is to hold them in their new position once your braces come off. They're so important, though, that we think they're always worth a mention.

There are two types of retainers. Removable retainers consist of clear vacuum-formed mouth guards that snugly fit your teeth to hold them in position. Fixed retainers are thin stainless steel wires that are permanently attached behind your front teeth where they stop your teeth from moving 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Although treatment plans are customized, most people wear braces from one to three years, depending on their individual needs and the position of their teeth and occlusion.

Pedodontics

Pedodontics department at Burjeel Medical City takes care of your kid's oral health from infant to adolescent.

At the Burjeel Medical City, we offer the most comprehensive children's dental clinic in the region. This means your child has access to the latest technology, highly trained children's dentists, a team of dedicated staff who specialize in providing every child with a positive, successful dental visit. In our clinic, every child receives the highest level of care, from a simple examination and teeth cleaning to complex oral surgery and restorative care. You'll find a friendly, supportive team with the skills and dedication your child deserves.

Pediatric dentists provide an array of treatments that can differ from general dentists in regards to age-specific treatment. Typically, a pediatric dentist can perform the following:

Infant oral health exams, which include risk assessment for dental caries.

Preventive dental care including cleanings and fluoride treatments, as well as nutrition and diet recommendations.

Habit counseling -pacifier use and thumb sucking.

Early assessment and treatment for straightening teeth and correcting an improper bite—orthodontic consultations.

Repair of tooth cavities or defects.

Management of gum diseases and conditions.

Care for dental injuries– fractured, displaced, or knocked-out teeth.

Additionally, pediatric dentists use specifically designed equipment in offices that are arranged for children. They typically include more bright colors and "kid-friendly" decoration to help make children feel more relaxed and at ease.

Preventive Care:

Regular check-ups, starting by the first birthday, including x-rays, complete examinations and teeth cleaning. Fluoride varnish application and dental sealants to protect teeth against decay and cavities.

Restorative Care:

As needed, the clinic provides fillings and stainless steel crowns.Full sedation services available.

Care for Children with Special Needs:

The Center for Pediatric offers specialized care for children with special needs such as autism or Down syndrome. Our weekly Autism Clinic and Medically-complex services ensure that every child receives care appropriate for his or her specific needs.

Dental Surgery:

Comprehensive care with general anesthesia or sedation ensures that children can have a successful visit.

At Burjeel Medical City our doctors will teach your children through adequate games how to take care of the hygiene of their little teeth. With the help of games, regular visits to here and caries prevention, you will make possible for your children to grow up with healthy teeth.

Burjeel Medical City Dental Center work hard to make each visit fun and kid-oriented because we believe that oral healthcare need not be a scary experience for your child.

Dental Facts

Wisdom Teeth

What are the benefits of fluoride?

Fluoride has been researched for over 50 years and water fluoridation has been proven to cut dental decay by 40 to 60%. Fluoride is present in many different natural sources, but can also be artificially added to our drinking water. Fluoride can greatly help dental health by strengthening the tooth enamel, making it more resistant to tooth decay. Many types of toothpaste now contain fluoride.

Are fluoride toothpastes enough?

If your drinking water does not have fluoride added, fluoride toothpaste is effective. However, some people are more prone to dental decay. If so, the dentist may suggest using fluoride supplements, which can help to reduce dental decay. The amount of fluoride in toothpaste is usually enough to lower the level of decay. In areas where the water supply is fluoridated, fluoride toothpaste provides additional protection. However, in these areas, children under 7 years old should use one of the toothpastes containing lower levels of fluoride.

Where can I find fluoride?

All water contains fluoride. Your local water supplier or health authority should be able to tell you how much fluoride is in the water in your area. Fluoride also comes in specially formulated gels, drops, tablets or mouthwashes which are recommended for those people who need extra protection.

Should children have extra fluoride?

Many areas have enough fluoride in the water to help fight tooth decay. However, where the level in the water supply is low, it is sometimes necessary for children to take extra fluoride in the form of supplements. It is extremely important that these are only taken on the advice and instruction of a dentist.

Is fluoride safe?

After many years of research the scientific conclusion is that fluoride is of great benefit to dental health and helps to reduce decay, while causing no harmful side effects to general health.

What are the side effects?

'Dental fluorosis' can occur when too much fluoride is taken. This can happen for example when the water supply is already fluoridated and supplements are taken, or when children 'eat' toothpaste.

What is Dental fluorosis?

Enamel fluorosis is a result of too much fluoride, absorbed while the Enamel of the teeth is forming. Severe fluorosis may lead to pitting of the enamel and discoloration. In its mildest form, fluorosis appears as very fine pearly white lines or flecking on the surface of the teeth. The mild fluorosis is often undetectable except by a dental expert.

Pit & Fissure Sealants

Which teeth should be sealed?

Sealants are only applied to the back teeth - the molars and premolars. These are the teeth that have pits and fissures on their biting surfaces. Your dentist will tell you which teeth should be sealed after they have examined them, and checked whether the fissures are deep enough for sealing to help. Some teeth naturally form with deep grooves, which will need to be sealed, others with shallow ones which will not need sealing.

What is involved?

The process is usually quick and straightforward taking only a few minutes per tooth. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned, prepared with a special solution, and dried. The liquid sealant is then applied and allowed to set hard - usually by shining an ultraviolet light onto it.

Will my child feel it?

No, it is totally pain free, and the teeth do not feel any different afterwards.

How long do they last?

Sealants usually last for many years, but your dentist will want to check them regularly to make sure that the seal is still intact. They can wear over time, and sometimes the dentist needs to add or replace some sealant to be sure that no decay can start underneath them.

How do they work?

The sealant forms a smooth, protective barrier, by covering all the little grooves and dips in the surface of the tooth. Dental decay easily starts in these grooves.

When should this be done?

Sealants are often applied as soon as the permanent teeth start to come through. This is usually between 6 and 7 years of age. The rest are usually sealed as soon as they appear which can be any time between 11 and 14 years of age.

Do my children still have to clean their teeth?

Yes. It is still vital that they do this. The smooth, sealed surface is now much easier to keep clean and healthy with normal tooth brushing. Pit and fissure sealing reduces tooth decay and the number of fillings your child might need.

Whom do I ask about the treatment?

If you would like to know more about the treatment, ask your dentist or hygienist. They will tell you if fissure sealing will help your children's teeth, and if it is the right time to do it.

Periodontics

Burjeel Medical City Dental Center is equipped to diagnose and treat a broad spectrum of periodontal diseases with state-of-the-art care. A full range of periodontal services are offered, including scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery, dental laser therapy, root coverage grafting, esthetic crown lengthening, dental implants, extraction and immediate implant placement, sinus lift, and ridge augmentation for dental implants. We provide a full range of periodontal services with a particular emphasis in dental implants. We deliver the highest quality of treatment without compromise. We also believe that quality customer service is paramount. Excellence is our theme in all aspects of what we deliver.

Dental Facts

Implants

Are implants safe? How long will they last?

Implants are a well-established, tried-and-tested treatment. The vast majority of modern implants last for at least 15 years.

I have some of my own teeth. Can I still have implants?

Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants - from one single tooth to a complete set.

Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?

It depends on the state of the bone in your jaw. Your dentist will arrange for a number of special tests to assess the amount of bone still there. If there is not enough, or if it isn't healthy enough, it may not be possible to place implants without grafting bone into the area first.

Do implants hurt?

Placing the implants requires a small operation. This can be carried out under local anesthesia with sedation or with a general anesthesia. You will not feel any pain at the time, but you may feel some discomfort during the week following the surgery. This is usually due to having stitches in place, and the normal healing process.

Can I have the new teeth straight away?

No. The implants need to bond (integrate) with the bone after they have been placed. This takes about 3 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper jaw. If you are having one, two or three teeth replaced, you will have a temporary restoration in the meantime. If you have complete dentures, then you can wear them throughout the healing period once they have been adjusted after the surgery.

How long does treatment take?

It takes about 12 months from the initial assessment to the time when the artificial teeth or dentures are finally attached to the implants. However, if only the lower jaw is involved then it may only take around 5 months. A lot depends on how complicated your treatment is. Your dentist will be able to give you a timetable once the surgery has been done.

Is it difficult to clean adjacent teeth?

Cleaning around the teeth attached to the implants is no more difficult than cleaning natural teeth. However, there may be areas that give you problems and you'll be shown methods to help.

If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the teeth attached to the implants?

Only if you don't care for them well enough. If you keep them clean, and don't smoke, then you should not have any problems.

Can I take the teeth out if they are fixed to implants?

Most artificial teeth attached to implants can only be placed and removed by the dentist. However, if you have complete dentures fixed to the implants by bars, then you'll be able to take them out for cleaning.

Do the implants show?

Your dentist will make sure that the implants won't show during all normal movements of the mouth and lips. You will need to be able to see them, so that you can clean them properly.

Do I have an implant for each missing tooth?

No, unless you're only having a single tooth replaced. Normally, five or six implants are used to replace all the teeth in one jaw, as each implant can usually support two teeth. For a few missing teeth, two or three implants may be used.

What if I get hit in the face?

Implants and the teeth they support can be damaged by an accident in the same way that natural teeth can. However, if the false teeth are damaged and the remnants are left in the bone then they may be more difficult to remove than natural teeth would be. After healing, new false teeth can then be placed alongside the fragments.

What happens if the implant does not bond (integrate) with the bone?

This happens very rarely. If the implant becomes loose during the healing period or just after, then it is easily removed and healing takes place in the normal way. Once the jaw has healed, another implant can be placed there.

Is the treatment expensive?

Unfortunately, yes, due to the expensive materials used in the procedure. However, in many situations, the cost of the treatment is only a little more than the cost of more conventional treatment with crowns and bridges.

Team that Cares

Dr. Wael Osama Elbokle

General Dentist