We are pioneers in dental implant techniques, balancing creativity and technology in response to some of the very challenging cases we have treated in the practice. These developments have had a significant impact upon all of the patients we treat. This has made our patient’s dental implant procedures more precise, effective and less invasive in fewer appointments.
There have been very few people we have been unable to help.
The images show replacement of a single tooth, and multiple implants used to replace individual teeth. There are several advantages to this type of treatment:
- An implant-retained crown has a similar appearance to a normal crown and appears to emerge through the gum naturally.
- Replacing a missing tooth with an implant avoids having to cut into adjacent healthy teeth to support a dental bridge.
- The presence of the implant will slow the change in shape of the bone and gum where teeth have been lost.
- It is often easier to keep the independent implant-retained crown or bridge clean than a tooth-supported bridge extending over several teeth. As a result, the adjacent teeth may lead a normal uncompromised life.
Through extensive infection, the amount of bone available in which to place an implant will diminish; if there is a lack of bone available, bone and gum may be added to (“grafted”) in order to provide improved fixation for the implant, or to improve the appearance.
Usually once an implant has been place we have to allow 8- 12 weeks for the implant to integrate into the bone. A crown or a bridge is then fabricated, usually in 2-3 sessions.
We sometimes place implants "immediately", at the same time as the extraction takes place. If implants are well anchored, we may then also go on to also provide a resin crown or bridge at the same time - we call this teeth in an hour!
Replacing a single missing tooth is a spectacularly successful procedure at Dawood & Tanner. Treatment is highly conservative as it is not necessary to prepare adjacent teeth to support bridgework, and the implant tooth can be looked after just like your own natural teeth. The implant restoration itself is usually made with a combination of computer-aided design and 3D manufacturing technologies, and hand finished to produce a beautiful natural looking appearance.
Groups of missing teeth can be replaced with bridgework supported by implants. For example, two implants can support a bridge replacing three - four teeth, and more implants may be added if biting forces are heavy, or a larger bridge is required.
Once again, treatment is highly conservative as it is not necessary to prepare teeth to support bridgework; the implant construction simply replaces the missing teeth without further compromising any remaining teeth. We use state of art 3D imaging, software simulations and guided surgery to assist with planning and implant positioning.