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Dental Implants

Dental implants Dental Implants are currently the best alternative to damaged or missing natural teeth. They are much more durable and longer lasting than any other restorative treatment options.
Dental Implants are made up from 3 components:
  1. The small titanium screw (which replaces the root of the tooth) which Is surgically placed Into the jawbone
  2. The abutment which attached the screw to the ceramic crown
  3. The ceramic crown which acts as your natural tooth would have done
An implant can also be used to support other restorations such as crowns/bridges/dentures.

Implant Treatment Planning

Stage 1: Cone Beam CT scan is taken to determine if there is enough bone to support the implant and where to place it
Stage 2: Treatment Planning

Bone Grafting

We are passionate about using gentle, minimally invasive techniques, designed to preserve and maintain as much of our patients original tissue as possible. However, in some cases, patients have experienced shrinkage of bone volume.
Bone loss in the mouth is problematic for dental implants, as implants require sufficient amount of bone volume to anchor them correctly. In areas where the bone is affected a bone grafting procedure makes it possible for people to benefit from dental implant. This would be determined if necessary, at the treatment planning stage.

L-PRF (Leukocyte-Platelet Rich Fibrin)

One way we can look to speed up the healing process is a procedure known as L-PRF, which stands for (Leukocyte-Platelet Rich Fibrin). L-PRF is derived from your own blood. We take a sample pf your own blood and place it into a centrifuge machine and it is spun at high speed. This process harvests stem cells and growth factors which can then be placed into surgical sites to encourage more rapid healing and better bone and tissue formation.

When do we Use it

  • After extractions
  • Bone grafting
  • Before implant placement