We want our patients to have the best possible dental treatment and experience clinical results that can be nothing short of life-changing. There is a huge misconception that dental implant procedures are the privilege of only TV celebrities and Hollywood stars. Nothing could be further from the truth. Here at the Darlington Implant Clinic we are passionate to get this message out there. Why? Because the implant techniques we embrace are in many cases the genuinely preferred clinical option, providing predictable and permanent solutions.
What is more, the team wants to change preconceptions of dentistry in a trusting, creative relationship with its patients. Dental implantology is the best way available of recovering the ability to chew properly, live life with a spontaneous flair and avoid the embarrassing moments caused by wearing traditional dentures...So exactly what are dental implants? How do they work, and can they be combined with other treatments?
Implants are an incredibly versatile dental ‘tool’. They can be used in different combinations to support a single tooth, several teeth or a complete set of teeth. And the test of time has shown results are both predictable and extremely reliable. Implant technology allows a powerful union between cosmetic and restorative dentistry, providing teeth, which look stunning while having excellent function.
The implants are small titanium threaded pins that screw into the jawbone and are effectively replacement tooth roots. Occasionally, a synthetic bone graft will be required to create a secure fixing point for the pin if the natural jawbone has eroded through age. The procedure for fixing four implants to retain, for example, an upperdenture, would normally take about eight to nine weeks from initial consultation to having the teeth loaded on to fixings.
Using implants does not preclude other restorative dental procedures such as crowns, multiple teeth bridges and fillings. The practice is headed by Dr Andrew Sharp BDS DPDS DipConSed and Dr Alex Zarkadis BDS BMedSci MFDS RCS (Ed). Both are experienced implantologists, who use minimally invasive techniques with equipment that is on the very cusp of clinical development.