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Dental Implants

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are artificial roots made from titanium. A dental implant can replace the root of a missing natural tooth. Implants can form the base for a variety of restorations including:

  • Individual crowns
  • Small bridges replacing a couple of teeth,
  • Extensive bridges which can restore all the teeth in one jaw
  • Removable dentures

The aim of a dental implant is to replace the root of a missing tooth whilst being the foundation for a restoration that matches the surrounding teeth. A dental implant restoration is fully functional and works like a normal tooth. If patients are missing several teeth in jaw, they might need a full arch implant restoration.

Full Arch Implants Implant Crowns
Implant Bridge

 

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YOUR FIRST CONSULT

Your first consultation before starting dental implant treatment involves a 3D OPG scan and a discussion with your dentists about your treatment options and pricing as well as the outcome you want to achieve. You will receive a treatment plan and more information to take home at the end of your appointment.

TREATMENT TIMELINE

PRICING

Medium range dental treatments

Dental Implant Materials

Dental Implants consist predominantly of a Titanium alloy. Titanium is considered the most biocompatible metal due to its resistance to corrosion from bodily fluids, bio-inertness, capacity for osseo-integration and high fatigue limit. Titanium is also used in a variety of medical procedures such as knee and hip replacements.

Dental Implants Treatment Process

The implants can be placed immediately after the extraction of a tooth directly in the extraction site (immediate placement) or can be placed in areas that have been missing teeth for years.

After the implant placement, the body initiates a process called osseo-integration. During this process, the body builds bone around the implant. The osseo-integration period varies between 10 weeks and 5 months depending on the site (top or bottom jaw, front or back area in the mouth), the presence of bone grafting materials, the time of placement (in relation to the tooth extraction) and other factors.

During the osseo-integration period the patient is equipped with an interim restoration to restore function and aesthetics.

Early removal of teeth leads to the loss of jawbone and subsequently to loss of support for lips and cheeks thus resulting in facial changes. Implants and implant supported restorations help us prevent and restore this loss and the related changes.

Types of Dental Implant Restorations

After the osseo-integration, your dentist will place the restoration on top of the implant. There are several options available for an implant supported restoration.

Implant Crowns

The placement of an implant-supported restoration is the most conservative way to restore a single missing tooth. The implant-supported restoration consists of two parts. The abutment and the crown. The abutment is placed on top of the implant and secured with a screw. Afterwards, the dentist cements or screws the implant crown on top of the abutment.

Implant Bridge

If a patient has lost several teeth, two or more implants can be used to support an implant bridge, which will replace the missing teeth.

Full Arch Implant Restorations

If patients have lost all of their teeth in one jaw or the teeth can’t be saved, a fixed prosthesis can replace them. The full arch implant restoration replaces 12-14 teeth. On average, it is supported by 5-8 implants.

All on 4

In a few selected cases, a minimum number of 4 implants may be enough to support a full arch restoration.

Overdentures

Dental implants can help retain or stabilise removable dentures. A small number of implants is needed to stabilise and retain the denture in the jaw. This type of denture is called an overdenture.

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CASE STUDIES

Before

Our patient came in with a failing front tooth (central incisor) and an unaesthetic crown on the adjacent tooth.

After

Dr Franck Page placed a dental implant with some additional bone grafting and the tooth was restored on the same day. Four month later, Prof Chronopoulos placed
the final crowns matching the surrounding teeth.

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