Do you need dental implants?
Our dentists have been performing dental implants over 17 years across Yorkshire. We have a highly skilled professional team who will talk you through your entire procedure, explain the risks and give you full peace of mind when deciding to get dental implants. We routinely provide solutions for single missing teeth to rebuilding entire upper and lower jaws. We take referrals from other dental practices for these procedures and are able to bone graft / augment and perform sinus lifts should this be required.
Dental implants are the perfect way to restore your smile in a permanent way, repair gaps and ensures healthy teeth are not affected.
Dental Implants must be completed with the utmost skill and attention.
Dr. Zaf Khan, your principle dentist is highly trained in implant aesthetics, with a focus on the technical aspects of the implant as well as the utmost care and attention to ensure correct placement. We have patients coming to our practice with previous implant surgeries, often completed without any understanding jawlines, bone structure, inherent conditions and other underlying issues that could affect your implant!
Dental implants are titanium screws which are skillfully placed into either of the jaw bones. Once in position, the implants may be left for a short healing period after which the implant is uncovered and then used to support either a crown, bridge or denture.
Until recently, dentures were the solution to replacing missing teeth, but they can look unnatural and can make biting, chewing, speaking embarrassing and difficult, They can lead to further problems with teeth, gum and jaw bone. Implants are an ideal way to transform your smile as they look and feel just like your own teeth. They are also often stronger than your own teeth and are fixed into your jaw, so there is little danger of them falling out. None of your other teeth are affected and implants actually strengthen the bone and gum into which they are fixed. Smiling, talking, biting, kissing, it can all be done with the utmost confidence. They are suitable for anyone aged 18 onwards, there is no upper age limit.
Not all dentists are comfortable or trained to place implants, the ones that do have had some further training.
Implant treatment requires full assessment and planning. This will involve the use of models of your teeth, the fabrication of temporary dentures or bridges prior to implant provision.
Assessment can take the form of x-rays, CT scans, medical history etc. to determine bone width and height.
Implants are placed into the bone under a local anaesthetic, similar to the one used when you have routine fillings. Sedation can often be used to relax people further.
Once in position, the implant is generally left for up to 3 months, although shorter time periods are possible in certain situations. The next stage involves a quick and simple procedure to place a post into the implant onto which the crown or bridge will ultimately be fixed. The crown will be matched exactly in size and colour and be custom made so that it looks as natural as possible and blends in perfectly with your own teeth.
If you are missing a single tooth, then one implant is all that is required.
Larger gaps created by two or more missing teeth do not necessarily need an implant for each missing tooth. The exact number required depends upon the bone volume and quality at each potential placement site.
In the upper jaw, bone density is usually poorer than in the lower and if you have no teeth at all, then at least 4 implants are required to secure a denture/ removable bridge here and ideally at least 6 should you wish to proceed with a completely fixed bridge with 10 teeth or more. Recently, the All on 4 concept has become very popular, working with 4 implants and this is something that can be provided.
In the lower jaw, the bone in the front portion is generally very dense. A lower denture can easily be supported on 2 implants here. Fixed bridge work may be possible with 4 implants but it is more common to use around 6.
Mini implants have revolutionised implant dentistry and made this procedure far more accessible to many more people around the world. Their main use is to secure loose dentures- especially the lower ones.
Millions of people worldwide struggle and suffer daily with a great degree of discomfort as a result of loose or ill-fitting dentures. Many denture wearers simply withdraw from any social engagement as a result of their embarrassment. Moreover, it’s not uncommon for family members to complain about a denture wearer’s disagreeable breath as a result of food being trapped and decaying under their denture. Successful placement of the mini dental implants addresses and solves all of these social and practical problems.
Due to the way Mini dental implants are placed, quite often the whole process can be completed in one stage within an hour. Dentures will be stable immediately after that.
More importantly, Mini Dental implants are surprisingly affordable, costing a fraction of conventional implants.