Why choose Dental Implants

Dental implants versus traditional dentures and bridges

Dental Implant graphical example

Removable partial or full dentures and bridges have long been trusted solutions to tooth loss. However they can also prove problematic in themselves, prolonging a patients discomfort and distress.

Implant technology removes the potential long term risk of undermining otherwise healthy teeth which have to be ground down to make the support for the bridgework. At the same time, the bone density and related health implications are also highlighted and if necessary treated. There are many patients for whom full or partial dentures and bridges cause self-consciousness and discomfort whilst talking and eating. Dental implants have no such drawbacks and will boost a person’s self- esteem and confidence.  

Dental implants

Dental implants have been available for the past fifteen years or so within the UK. They now represent a real alternative to the use of bridgework or partial dentures to replace missing teeth. They can also be used to substantially enhance the stability of a complete denture.

Dental implants are made from titanium and usually consist of small posts of varying designs. Three posts are placed gently and carefully under local anaesthetic into the jaw bone where they are designed to support a crown, bridge or denture.

The current generation of dental implants have very high success rates (in the anterior region of the mouth this is often in excess of 95% over 20 years). Success rates can vary slightly depending on the site within the mouth. The means by which the implant integrates into the bone is called osseo integration. This means that there is an immediate contact between the bone and the dental implant surface.

There are many dental implant systems available and it is important to ascertain that the system being used has a good research and development record, is widely published in the referred literature and is hopefully part of a large manufacturing company that will continue to be interested it this kind of work for many years to come. The dentist providing the implant should be able to furnish this information.

It is possible for implants to fail and depending on the nature of the failure it may be possible to rectify. This aspect should always be discussed in detail with the dentist / surgeon providing the treatment.

1. Implants that support crowns. 2. Implant crowns blend well with the adjacent teeth. 3. These implants support the bridge 4. Bridge is retained by precision screws

Implant that supports crown

Implant crowns blend with the adjacent teeth Xray of implants which support the bridge Bridge is ratained by the precision screws
5. Dental implants are placed in the jaw bones 6. This lower complete denture is retained by a clip and a bar on the implants. 7. These are the metal anchors on the dental implants. 8. The gold anchors in this denture lock on to the implant.

Dental implants are placed in hte jaw bones

The lower complete dentur is retained by a clip and bar on the implant Metal anchors on the dental implants Gold anchors lock to to the implant

The bond that forms between the implant and the bone is greater than that between natural teeth and bone. The key to success is to place the implant atraumatically so that minimal heating of the bone occurs and consequently minimal inflammation. The bone then grows around the implant to grip it tight.

Only the best will do..

Using the best techniques, equipment and materials improve our success in the field of dental implants. As such, we use the leading Dental implant systems manufactured by Straumann and Astra Tech which have a proven high success rate in this field.

For more information click on the links below.

Straumann - Dental implants

 

Radiographic imaging facility

The practice has installed advanced radiographic imaging facilities to allow precise treatment planning and therapy enhancing communication with both referring dentists and their patients concerning their proposed treatment.

Cranex Tome in use

The radiographic equipment utilises a spiral tomographic technique and therefore produces images that measures both height and width of the jawbone.

Cranex Tome picture

In relation to the placement of dental implants this is invaluable and until recently, such information was only available from the use of a conventional CT scan which involves a much higher radiation dosage and is not usually available within a practice setting.

Radiograph image example

Additionally this entire system is completely digital allowing for a reduction in radiation dosage (compared to conventional films), detailed manipulation of images (enabling treatment planning and communication) and, if technically feasable, the potential to email images to referring practitioners.

This system is only available at a few other sites in the UK (mainly dental hospitals).

Cranex Tome Cranex Tome If you would like to know more about this enhanced imaging facility (Cranex Tome) please download the brochure (left) (manufacturers sales brochure) by clicking on the picture.

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