Creating beautiful smiles

Dental Implants

A dental procedure to replace missing teeth

Would you like to smile and eat with confidence, but suffer from loose, missing teeth or uncomfortable dentures? If so, implants will transform your smile and improve the quality of your life.

Implants are sophisticated titanium rods, implanted in the jawbone, where, over a period of several months, they integrate with the surrounding bone and become rigid ‘roots’ and can be used to replace single or multiple teeth, stabilise dentures or even replace a whole mouth of missing teeth with fixed bridgework. They have many advantages compared to tarditional crown and bridge solutions.

Here are six reasons why you should consider them:

  1. They look, feel and function like natural teeth.
  2. Existing healthy teeth do not need to be damaged to support the dental implants.
  3. By anchoring the dental implants in the jawbone they will stimulate bone tissue and gums, ensuring an attractive, aesthetic result. This helps to maintain your facial structures.
  4. No adhesives are required to hold the new teeth in place.
  5. They eliminate the discomfort and insecurity of loose, ill-fitting dentures.
  6. They provide a secure, permanent tooth replacement.

Find out more about replacing missing teeth with dental implants and how they work together to form a permanent tooth replacement.

Parts of the implant

Dental ImplantDental implant technology has been used to permanently replace teeth since the mid 60s.

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One missing tooth

If you are missing one tooth in the upper or lower jaw a crown mounted on a dental implant is the best replacement solution. The need to replace a missing tooth could be the result of an accident or because there was no predisposition for a tooth at birth.

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Case 1

This infected tooth was loose with missing bone and gum.

There was enough bone to hold an implant, but not enough to support the gum. Without grafting, the implant tooth would be very long.

The implant and BioOss graft were placed.

3 months later, a temporary crown was constructed to reshape the gum margins.
Finally, an all ceramic e max crown was constructed on a zirconia (porcelain) abutment (post) to prevent a grey appearance at the gum margin. Faithfully copying the layers of the adjacent natural tooth recreated a beautiful smile.

Case 2

In this case, there is insufficient bone to hold an implant and the associated gum (you can see the depression where bone was lost).

Firstly, a bone block was placed and allowed to heal.
The implant was then placed and allowed to integrate.
A temporary crown was used to recreate the exact gum margins. A beautiful all ceramic e max crown was created on a ceramic zirconia abutment to prevent any grey appearance at the gum margin.

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Implants Several Teeth

There are two solutions for replacing missing teeth; these involve separate crowns on dental implants or a bridge attached to several dental implants.

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Case 5

This patient recently had two teeth extracted, leaving an infection. A large amount of bone was also removed, so bone augmentation was needed. One implant was placed and after 3 months healing, a temporary bridge was constructed to reshape the papillae (the pointed gums between the teeth).

Finally, a 2 tooth bridge was provided and a veneer on the upper right front tooth, faithfully mirroring the adjacent natural teeth to create a beautiful result.

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Case 6

This patient had loose and missing front teeth. There was no bone where the space was left, so bone grafting was done.

After healing, 2 implant roots were placed and allowed to integrate. A temporary 4 tooth bridge was made to recreate the natural papillae(the pointed gum margins between the teeth.
Finally, the permanent porcelain bonded bridge was constructed

Final photo shows a stable result after 6 years

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Case 7

This patient fractured the front teeth which had to be removed.

Two implant roots were placed, along with a small bone graft to support the gum.
The gum was thickened with a connective tissue graft and a temporary bridge placed to develop the papillae (the pointed gums between the teeth).

Finally, a porcelain bonded bridge with 3 teeth was fixed to the implants.

Final photo shows a stable result 4 years later.

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All missing teeth

Should you be missing all of  your teeth in the upper or lower jaw, dental implants are the best solution.

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Case 1

The all on four technique uses only four implants to support a fixed bridge, usually 10 teeth, but in certain situations, 12 teeth.

The implants at the back are sloped to avoid vital structures and emerge far back to support the back teeth.

Computer guided surgery is essential to this procedure.

The benefits are less surgery and cost

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Case 2

This patient had no upper teeth and wanted a fixed solution using implants.

The smile was not too wide, so only 10 teeth were needed. The ‘ALL on Four’ concept uses only four implant roots (instead of the usual 6), reducing costs. Because there was enough bone, Guided Surgery was used. This photo shows the computer ‘virtual reality mouth with implants planned and placed.

Four implants were placed without cutting or opening the gums. After healing, a 10 tooth bridge in bonded porcelain was constructed.

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Case 8

Dr Morris has been involved with computer guided implant surgery since 2005, was one of the first in the UK to own and use both Nobelguide and Astra Facilitate systems.

Firstly, a CT scan is taken of the jaw. From this, a computer generated 3 dimensional image is created.

The implants can now be planned exactly with reference to the propose final restorations (crowns or bridges) and the patient anatomy. An implant guide is then constructed using digital technology.
A major benefit to the patient is that the implants can then safely and accurately be placed with minimal (often no cutting of gums) surgery.

The process is essential when using the ‘all on four’ technique.

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