As the name suggests, Dental Implants are implanted into the jaw acting like a root, and the replacement teeth are later fastened to it. Dental Implants feel and function just like natural teeth on biting. The dental implant is a small, slightly tapered screw designed to copy the shape of a natural tooth root. This shape makes the implant easier to insert as it almost matches the size and shape of the original tooth root it is replacing.
We can use dental implants to replace a single missing tooth, right up to the restoration of a full dental arch. The number and position of implants needed varies and is dependent on a number of factors. We will discuss whether you need help with a denture, or would like a non- removable solution to your dental problem.
The implants are made of pure titanium, an inert biocompatible material which quickly becomes integrated with the bone. The dental implant system preferred by our clinic is the Straumann System which is one of the market leaders in Implantology. We also have access to Neoss and other systems. The implant is a solid screw of ultra-pure Titanium which has a specially prepared surface and has achieved excellent clinical results. For more information go to www.straumann.com
We use the Neoss and Straumann implant systems. Both of these systems have a great background of manufacturing and research.
Neoss dental implants (UK based system)have a specially treated ProActive surface.
Straumann dental implants (Swiss based system) have a specially treated SLActive surface.
The patented designs of the dental implants give increased stability wherever they are used. Neoss and Straumann have both developed a unique connection that links everything together, providing unparalleled strength and giving you complete confidence in your new tooth. Only the highest quality, medical grade titanium is used to make their dental implants and they use the most advanced manufacturing methods available to deliver premier quality products and standards of sterility.
Both implant systems have separate indications and the system used will depend on multiple factors, such as the position of the implant in the mouth.
Often our patients are worried that they don’t have enough bone to place implants. It is very rare indeed that you will have so little bone that implants aren’t possible. There are a number of techniques available for us to enhance the bone if there is not enough to begin with. We use bio-materials from Geistlich, NeoGen and Botiss and in very low bone volume cases, it is possible to have 3-D printed titanium meshes custom made for you to support larger grafts.
We sometimes will refer you for a detailed 3-D bone scan (cone beam CT scan) to determine exactly how much bone you have and its position relative to where we need the implants to go and your underlying anatomical features.
Age is not a barrier! We have done implants on patients in their late 80’s. Studies have shown that bone quality and quantity together with other systemic diseases such a diabetes or osteoporosis are more relevant as indicators of the likelihood of implant success.
We will carefully assess all the relevant factors in your particular case and give you the best advice as to whether implants are possible and appropriate.
You should know that smoking adversely affects your general health as well as that of your mouth.
To increase implant survival if you smoke, it is advised to stop the habit 1 week prior to and up to 2 months after implant placement.
Whilst the most important factor affecting long-term implant success is gum disease there are some general medical conditions that can affect implant survival. We will discuss any conditions specific to you at your initial consultation.
The popular mis-conception is that implant therapy takes a long time. With the latest implant surfaces and techniques, we can get this down to as little as 10 weeks from start to finish. A realistic timescale for the two most common implant solutions, firstly where a tooth needs to come out and be replaced with an implant, you need to allow 20 weeks for this process. Secondly, for an implant-retained denture, we can normally do this in about 12 weeks.