At Wensleydale Dental Practice, we have several options when it comes to Dental Implant technology.
Wensleydale Dental Practice can restore your smile and replace those missing teeth with the use of the Straumann dental implant systems. Our two Principal Dental Surgeons hold current memberships with ITI (International Team for Implantology) so you can be assured that you will be in safe hands.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth which looks and feels like the real thing, when used, only you will know it’s not one of your original teeth. It is made up of 3 main parts, the root, a securing post and the replacement tooth itself.
What is the procedure for having an implant?
At the initial consultation, your dentist will talk you through the treatment and discuss the options available. You will have x-rays taken to determine the shape and quality of the bone and impressions will be taken for study casts. This will allow your dentist to check for nearby anatomical structures and assist in developing a personal treatment plan tailored to your requirements.
You will then receive a treatment plan in the post, with all procedures and costs fully explained. When you agree to have the treatment carried out, Wensleydale’s Implant Treatment Coordinator will contact you and arrange a convenient appointment for the placement of implants. This is carried out here at Wensleydale Dental Practice.
At this stage, a titanium rod is inserted into the jaw, which then fuses with the bone. The titanium is extremely tissue friendly and the bone grows onto the titanium surface. This is called Osseointegration. We normally allow the implant to fuse with the bone without load for about 12-14 weeks; this allows time for the bone tissue to form a strong bond with the implant.
Two weeks after your implant has been placed, we will require you to return to the practice for a quick post operative assessment. This is just to ensure that the area is healing well and to remove any sutures that may have been placed.
Once the initial healing and anchoring has taken place your impressions will be taken, which the “tooth” section of your implant will be casted from. In addition to impressions the top of the implant will be exposed and a healing cap will be fitted. In some cases, it is possible for a temporary restoration to be fitted at this point.
Approximately 2 weeks later your new permanent tooth will be ready and fitted!
Straumann Dental Implant System
With more than 20 years of clinical research that have resulted in over 3,000 independent scientific publications, Straumann offer the most extensively documented, clinically validated and practice-proven implant system on the market, this is why it is the implant of choice for the practice.
There are a number of different implant systems available to suit all requirements, so whether you require a bone level rebuild or a soft tissue level implant, there’s a Straumann implant that’s perfect for the job in hand.
The Implant Systems
Our implants are made of biologically neutral pure titanium. As the human body tolerates it, the possibility of rejection is excluded thanks to the characteristics of the material.
In order to keep them touch proof, the implants are packed in sterile glass: the supporting screw is put inside the superstructure and can only be removed right before the insertion of the implant. The rough surface of the implants enhances the perfect fit and healing of the “new root”. The special shape of the implants ensures ideal fixing directly after the placement of the implant and protects the jawbone during mastication (chewing) since the implant perfectly adjusts to its physiological characteristics.
Four years of clinical experience shows that thanks to the special form of the implant screw, the introduction of the occlusal force is carried out without overloading the bone substance.
Implants are available in four different diameters and length that provide a solution for all implant problems.
The advantages of implants:
The insertion of an implant also helps prevent bone loss following tooth extraction and restore good gingival contours.