Dental Implants are like artificial ‘tooth roots’ made of biocompatible titanium that are inserted into the jaws to support one or more missing teeth.
Dental Implants were developed over 60 years ago, and here at Dawood and Tanner we have been treating our patients with Dental Implants with excellent results for over 25 years
Implant Design and Biological Process
Implants vary in design, length and width dependent on the bone volume available. They are made from high grade biocompatible titanium, forming a metal screw which are surgically inserted into the jawbone. The biologic process known as ‘osseointegration’ takes place in which the implant and bone fuse together.
This allows the implant to act as an anchor for the dental prosthesis, replicating the function of the natural root in providing support when we replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth. The prosthetic replacement can be a fixed crown for a single tooth or a bridgework prostheses using two or more implants for up to a whole set of missing teeth.
Bone Grafts/Sinus Lifts
In certain cases where there has been extensive infection, or missing teeth have caused the jaw to diminish, bone and gum may be added to (“grafted”) in order to provide improved fixation for the implant, or to improve the appearance. A Sinus Lift is performed when the quantity of bone separating the maxillary jaw from the sinus is too thin to anchor an implant.
After treatment with Dental Implants, maintenance and ongoing hygiene care is of fundamental importance. Our hygienists are experienced in the care of implant restorations and in training implant patients in how to care for them - this is an ongoing important commitment if you are to avoid implant problems later on.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental Implants are also used as a very effective method of stabilising loose or uncomfortable dentures that cause discomfort or impair speech and eating.
The dental implant systems that we use are supplied by Nobelbiocare, as we feel this is the most prestigious, well researched and flexible system that is recognised worldwide. We have worked closely with this company, contributing significant innovations and developments within implant dentistry over the years.
We keep the largest stock of implant components in the UK allowing the surgical and prosthetic parts to be selected specifically for each individual patient and each individual situation.
Our in house laboratories and scientific facilities makes our approach to treatment more efficient and less invasive - for example using advanced imaging and image guided surgery techniques.