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Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants can be compared to the root of your natural tooth, except they are made of titanium.

Implants are now the gold standard for replacing missing teeth, they are totally secure and most importantly, no other teeth need to be treated to replace the missing tooth.

How do dental implants work?

The titanium dental implant is carefully and painlessly placed into the jaw, obtaining its retention from the bone.  They are then left in situ so that they ‘osseointegrate’  (they become integrated by the bone growing in and around the implant, so they are fused to the bone).  Once integrated, they can be restored, by using precision attachments to fix crowns, bridges or dentures onto the dental implant.

What can I achieve with dental implants?

Dental implants can be used to:

 

Replace single teeth

Replace several teeth by using a bridge

Replace all missing teeth by using bridges or implant supported dentures

How long will a dental implant last for?

Dental implants are some of the most predictable dental restorations and so long as they are well planned, executed and most importantly, maintained, they will last for a long time.

Will it hurt?

The placement of dental implants is much less invasive than ever before.  The area is totally anaesthetised beforehand, like it is for a filling, so it is painless during the procedure and most people only have very mild discomfort in the days following treatment.

Precise, digital implant planning.

Before placing a dental implant, Chris always takes a 3D X-ray (Cone Beam CT Scan) of the jaw to assess precisely the amount of bone present so he can plan the perfect implant for you.

Using advanced dental software, he can review and analyze all considerations when determining the ideal dental implant placement, including measuring the jaw, determine the bone density, proximity to nerves and other vital structures.

 

Personalised Treatment and Care

Chris can virtually place the dental implants into a digital version of your mouth to determine the perfect implant placement. Ideal implant placement has great looking results that last a long time. Best of all, it makes the implant placement procedure a shorter and more straightforward process with the least amount of discomfort and faster recovery times.

Using 3D printing technology, he converts the digital treatment planned on the computer to a custom template made just for you. Wearing the template during the implant placement procedure helps him place the dental implants in reality, exactly as they were planned on the computer, giving optimal results.

Dental crowns

Dental crowns are used to restore heavily broken down or restored teeth, to improve the structural integrity of the teeth, protecting it and providing a far better prognosis.

 

Traditional crowns are made of a metal base with a layer of porcelain on top. This shine through of the metal underneath leads to a black line where the crown meets the tooth at the gum level, which is unsightly.

Modern, all-ceramic crowns combine excellent strength, whilst achieving fantastic aesthetics without a black line at the gum, so giving a more natural and lifelike appearance.

 

 

All ceramic crowns can be used to:

 

  • Straighten teeth
  • Close gaps
  • Mask discoloured teeth
  • Repair broken teeth
  • Restore worn teeth
  • Strengthen teeth