Dr Rik Trivedi is the principal dentist at Parrock Street
Dental and Implant Centre. Rik graduated from The Royal London Dental School in 1998. He has completed The Year course in Dental Implantology at The Harley Street centre for Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry and has now completed his advanced training at the Royal College of surgeons studying the Diploma in Implant Dentistry.
Rik prides himself on being a people person treating all patients as individuals. He takes great care and attention to make sure that all his patients achieve their dental goals, from preventive care and restoring function to creating a beautiful smile that inspires confidence within.
At this initial appointment we discuss your wish list, the benefits of dental implant treatment and considerations. Whether it be for restoring missing teeth/gaps, improving chewing, replacing dentures and failed bridges or preventing bone loss, dental implants usually are the best long-term option for these situations. We take necessary xrays, impressions and other other data required for diagnosis and treatment planning.
At this appointment X-rays and other diagnostic information is discussed and a treatment plan is formulated, discussed and approved by you. A CT Scan maybe taken if necessary.
From the diagnostic information a surgical template is made for precise placement of dental implants in the mouth and a diagnostic preview of the final result is made and approved by you for a predictable and pleasing end result.
At this appointment we place your dental Implants and provide you with a temporary restoration based on the agreed diagnostic preview to restore your smile and and function whilst your dental implants are healing.
After the dental implants have healed (usually between 3 to 6 months after placement) the final implant supported restorations (crowns, bridges or dentures) are fitted and tweaked to your satisfaction
At this appointment we review and verify you are happy with your new smile and celebrate your renewed confidence with chewing and smiling..
Dental implants offer a permanent solution for your missing teeth.
A dental implant is essentially a substitute for a natural root and commonly it is screw or cylinder shaped. Each implant is placed into a socket carefully drilled at the precise location of the intended tooth. Often the implant can be placed at the same time as removal of the tooth all on the same day.
If an implant has a screw-thread on its outer surface it can be screwed into position and if it does not, it is usually tapped into place. The main aim during installation of any implant is to achieve immediate close contact with the surrounding bone. This creates an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone into microscopic roughnesses on the implant surface.
In order to support replacement teeth, dental implants normally have some form of internal screw thread or post space that allows a variety of components to be fitted. Once fitted, these components provide the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures. Click here for illustrated information.
Single tooth implant:
The conventional solution: a bridge supported by teeth. This means that the healthy neighbouring teeth must be ground to support the bridge. Sometimes only a partial denture is possible in the side tooth region. An implant-borne crown is the best solution.
Implants for larger gaps
The removable solution is a simple clip-fastened partial denture. Single tooth implants are the most elegant solution and for an alternative the implant borne bridge is just as good.
Removable but still secure: bar-supported complete denture fixed to implants. The permanently secure: bridge fixed to implants or the complete denture fixed to tapered crowns.
What is an implant?
An implant is an artificial tooth consisting of a root and a natural looking replacement tooth. We use titanium for the root and porcelain to create the tooth.
When would I need an implant?
Implants are used to replace a missing tooth, or to replace a tooth that needs extraction. If a gap is left from a missing tooth, not only can it look unsightly but the teeth either side can tip into it over time, causing problems with the bite and, in some cases, gum disease. Whilst partial dentures can be used to replace missing teeth, implants are usually a much better option since dentures can hasten the loss of remaining natural teeth.
Is fitting an implant comfortable?
As with all dental care, modern techniques are quite comfortable. The initial part of fitting an implant requires surgey to insert the root. This is usually performed with a local anaesthetic but you have sedation if preferred. It is not uncommon to feel some soreness or swelling following the procedure
Are implants safe and how often will I need to replace my implants?
Implants are tried and tested, they have been used for a long time and are considered very safe. Nine out of ten modern implants will last for at least 15 years.
Will I be able to remove my implants?
Only a dentist can remove implanted teeth unless supported by bars or magnets.
Can everyone have an implant?
Your dentist will examine and take x-rays of the area to be treated, which will indicate whether implant treatment is the best option. Sometimes you may need a bone graft or a procedure called a sinus-lift if the implant needs additional support.
How can dentures improve implants?
Full dentures can be anchored with just a few implants. You will be able to chew more effectively and can avoid covering the palate with a plate. This improves the enjoyment and taste of food
How do I care for my implants?
Oral hygiene for implants is similar to caring for your natural teeth. An implant can last many years provided it is properly looked after. The dentist or hygienist will show you the most effective home care solutions.
Are implants expensive?
Whilst implantology is not the cheapest form of treatment, the improvement in quality of life it offers can be dramatic. Many patients report being more confident and eating more comfortably after they have had implants fitted.
Can my implants be affected by gum disease?
Yes, the gum surrounding the implant is the same as that around your original teeth, so gum disease could occur if your oral hygiene is lacking. You need to maintain good brushing, flossing and interndental cleaning.
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