WHY ARE IMPLANTS NEEDED?
Once teeth are lost, the bone in which they are embedded gradually disappears because it is no longer required to support the teeth.
The teeth and lost bone are usually replaced by removable dentures or fixed bridges to restore appearance, speech and mastication. As with all man made substitutes for nature’s living tissues, there are drawbacks to artificial appliances. Dentures reduce masticatory (Chewing) efficiency and can suffer from poor retention. On the other hand, bridges involve cutting away healthy teeth in order to provide support.
An alternative method of tooth replacement is to insert implants into the jawbone to support the false tooth or teeth. Such implants may become firmly attached or integrated with the bone and act in a similar manner to a tooth root.
Deepam Patel BDS, MFGDP(UK), DipImpDent RCSEd, MSc(Implant Dentistry)
The choice of who places your implant is important. Formal Educational training in implant dentistry is not mandatory, therefore any general dental practitioner can place them after attending short courses. I have attained the highly regarded Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), and serve on their Advisory Board for Implant Dentistry. I have gained a Masters degree in Implant Dentistry, with distinction, from the University of Warwick whilst being an Honorary Associate Professor for the university. I am an active member of a global academic organisation the International Team for Implantology (ITI), and have lectured to professional study groups in this subject, whilst having 10 years of experience in placing and restoring implants using 4 different systems.
The implant component is the most advanced available, as well as being the one of the best researched implant systems with over 700 independent research papers over 35 years. The original implant has ongoing researched success rates of 98% and survival rates of 99% over 20 documented years. The newer SLActive surface of the implant encourages rapid bone formation onto the implant, therefore the results are expected to be better. The SLActive implant can also be restored from start to finish, in many cases, within 8 weeks (depending on the clinical situation).
Click on the animation links below to see the types of implant restorations possible for different clinical situations.
Single tooth implant replacement
Multiple teeth on implants
Full jaw rehabilitation on 4 or 6 implants
Retentive anchors (Locators)