Implantology & Oral Surgery

Here at Bishops Park Dental Centre we are very fortunate to have as part of our team, Dr Yvonna Szyszko as our surgical dentist.

Having Dr Szyszko as part of our team is a great benefit to you, our patients, avoiding the delay of outside referrals. Your treatment can be carried out in familiar surroundings, in the convenience of your own practice. This is particularly of benefit for Implant patients as your own dentist is on site to discuss the treatment plan for your case directly with Dr Szyszko, allowing them to work closely together and achieve optimum results for you.

Why would I need to see a Surgical Dentist?

Surgical Dentists are highly trained in the field of dental surgery, specialising in the more complex extraction cases. Your dentist may refer you to see Dr Syscko if your treatment requires the removal of very broken down teeth, or retained roots, the extraction of impacted teeth and wisdom teeth. Also in cases where surgery is required to remove cysts or clear deep infection around a root.

In addition to this, Dr Syscko also performs surgical placement of Dental Implants. Your own dentist will refer you if this method of tooth replacement is of interest and is appropriate for your case.

What are Dental Implants?

Implantology & Oral Surgery

A dental implant is a titanium rod which is placed directly into the jaw bone to act as an anchor to support one or more false teeth. They are designed to replace missing teeth - also referred to as the '3rd dentition'.

In the case of a single missing tooth one advantage of an implant is that it avoids the need to involve the teeth either side of the "gap" in preparation for a conventional bridge. Implants may also be used as an anchor for dentures. They give stability and retention, preventing the dentures from moving around during speech and eating.

Who can have implants?

Your dentist will refer you to see the Implantologist, who will carry out a thorough assessment with x-rays, to see if your case is suitable. Anyone with missing teeth should consider implants as long as they are over 18. The suitability will depend on a number of factors which will be discussed in detail at the consultation.

What does the treatment involve?

Placing of the implants requires a small operation which can be carried out under local anaesthetic with sedation (if requested) for your comfort. A few days after the surgery, you may feel mild discomfort and swelling due to the normal healing processes.

The implant must be allowed to bond (integrate) with the bone. This can take from 8 weeks up to 6 months depending on the individual case. During this time your dentist will be able to make a temporary replacement for your missing teeth. Once healing and integration have occurred, the permanent replacement is made and fitted.

How successful is the treatment?

Implantology is a tried and tested treatment and 90% of modern implants last for at least 15 years.

On the rare occasion that the integration does not occur and the implant is loosening, then it can be easily removed and the site allowed to heal, with placement of another implant at a later stage.

Being implanted into the bone, as with your natural teeth, implants require thorough cleaning. If this is not carried out then you may experience problems similar to that of gum disease with infection around the implant resulting in bone loss, loosening and failure. Cleaning around the implants is no more difficult than cleaning your natural teeth and it is essential that all patients see the dental hygienist on a regular basis to maintain the healthy status of the implant. If you keep them clean and do not smoke, then you should not have a problem.

To find out more about Implantology visit The Association of Dental Implantology
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