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After graduating from Bristol University in 2002, Gordon has focussed on his post graduate training to ensure he can provide his patients with the highest standard of dental treatment. Gordon passed his exams to become a member of The Faculty of General Dental Practitioners MFDGP(UK) in 2004 and then went on to study more advanced aesthetic dentistry at the Larry Rosenthal (world-renowned dentist to celebrities) Aesthetic Advantage Continuum and three levels of The California Centre for Advanced Dental Studies. Gordon went on to study dental implants at the Royal College of surgeons in London. He was awarded his diploma in implant dentistry in 2012 and has been providing dental implants in Hertfordshire since.
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.
As long as your have healthy gums and enough bone to support an implant, you should be suitable for dental implants. The best thing to do is to contact Dr Black for an initial consultation who will be able to determine your suitability.
At your initial consultation appointment Dr Black will discuss your concerns and assess the health of your teeth and mouth. It is likely that an X ray will be needed to check suitability for an implant. Occasionally a CT scan will also be required. You will be asked to fill out a medical form which Dr Black will run through with you. He will then be able to discuss all the different treatment options that are available for you along with an explanation of these treatments, costs and time scales so that you can make an informed decision of the best option for you.
After dental implant placement you will be asked to rinse with an antibacterial mouth rinse for 1 week after the procedure. You may wish to take analgesics, however most patients find that this is not necessary. A review appointment will be arranged for 2 weeks after the implant placement to ensure satisfactory healing and to remove any residual sutures. Dr Black is always available for any advice during this time.