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Dental Implants in Dental Subspeciality Center

  • MAXI dental Implants (OsteoCare)
  • Single visit Implant & Crown (CEREC)
  • Mini Dental implants (IMTEC)
  • Conventional dental Implants (BICON)

Dental Implants – Introduction

A dental implant is a small man-made titanium fixture that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth in your mouth. The implant is placed in the bone of your upper or lower jaw. Your bone then heals tightly around this implant and the implant then serves as an anchor for your replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth. Implant supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. Dental implants are a proven restorative option with a long clinical history. Dental implants preserve the integrity of your facial structure and reduce the inconvenience associated with tooth loss.

The effects of tooth loss are numerous and can be devastating. The loss of either a single tooth or total tooth loss can cause a lack of confidence and can affect every day life. People affected by tooth loss often find eating in public difficult and traumatic or are not confident about their smile. When teeth are lost your jaw bone actually sinks away, and from scientific research we know that wearing dentures accelerates this process. This in turn affects the muscle tone to the face reducing bone support for the lips and cheeks, consequently, the lips and lower part of face have collapsed producing an aging effect on the individuals appearance.

For individuals who wish to replace missing teeth, dental implants may be an effective long-term solution. Implants provide greater structural support and last longer than either bridges or dentures. Implants serve as the artificial root to which new teeth are bonded. They are typically constructed of titanium, a strong and safe material that effectively attaches to bone. The procedure to insert dental implants typically involve three steps: the implant insertion stage, osseointegration (the period of healing for the jawbone), and the attachment of the restoration or new tooth.

Health Concerns

As with any cosmetic surgery, complications are rare, but can include infection, slight damage to nerves, and mild discomfort. Although very unlikely, infection of the gums or jawbone is a possibility and is treated through medication and/or antibiotics. Surgery to the upper or lower jawbone can result in mild nerve damage. Nerve damage typically subsides in several weeks, but can persist for longer periods of time. As the jawbone heals, patients may experience some discomfort, which can be tempered through medication. Discomfort subsides within 7 to 10 days.

Proper Maintenance

Although patients should always practice proper dental hygiene, this is especially true once a dental implant has been put into place. When teeth and gums are not properly cleaned, bacteria can attack sensitive areas, causing the gums to swell and the jawbone to gradually recede. Enough recession of the jawbone can weaken dental implants and eventually necessitate their removal. Patients should visit their dentist’s office at least twice a year in order to insure the health of your teeth and your implant. Following an implant operation, smoking should be avoided, as it impairs the gum and jawbone’s ability to heal. Given the proper care, dental implants should last 25 years or longer.

MAXI Implants by OsteoCare

Combining the time and cost benefits of Mini implants with the treatment flexibility of conventional implants (Bicon) are Maxi Implants.

If you are in need of dental implants, but discouraged by the high cost, surgery (potential bruising and swelling) and the months of healing and waiting time or are in danger of losing your teeth (or have already lost them) and don’t want to suffer with loose, embarrassing, complete or partial dentures, then your ordeal may be over… and your solution at hand.

Twenty years of clinical trials and research have demonstrated the remarkable validity of MAXI DENTAL IMPLANTS for long-term use. A remarkable solution to those who wish to avoid multiple and complex surgery, but want a more stable alternative to dentures.

Imagine visiting your dentist in the morning, have the mini-implant treatment in less than 2 hours then enjoy you favourite lunch. Eat comfortably, laugh and talk with confidence – all for an affordable price. The mini implant acts like the root of your tooth to which a crown or a denture can be securely attached. The placement of the implant is accomplished quickly and easily in a one-step procedure performed at our practice. Under local anaesthesia, or a light sedation, using precise controlled and minimally invasive surgical techniques, the implants are placed into the jawbone. The head of the implants protrude from the gum tissue and provide a strong solid foundation for securing your crowns, dentures, or brace.

Benefits of MAXI Implants

  • Non-surgical, minimally invasive technique
    (avoid cutting the gum, far less trauma, often painless healing)
  • Ultra simple and speedy
    (placement in minutes, immediately usable)
  • Cost effective
    (savings in surgery time are passed on to you)

Shorter Timescale

Thanks to the avoidance of the conventional bone drilling procedure, the self tapping nature of the Maxi implant results in excellent primary fixation. According to recent research with conventional implants this allows careful, immediate loading of the implant, which means the patient leaves your clinic with a restoration (sometimes permanent) on the same visit. Literally, the patient can walk in with a gap and walk out with a tooth about an hour later. You can’t get much quicker than that.

Less pain

The minimally invasive technique does not require a flap of gum tissue to be raised. The implant is placed by means of a small perforation through the gingival tissue. The technique always raises eyebrows, and the common question is the concern about pushing gingival tissue down into the bone with the implant, but thankfully the technique is not new and respected surgeons have been using it for decades without the aforementioned problems. We know that keeping the tissue intact means that the blood flow to the bone, which takes place primarily through the periosteum, the tissue joining gum and bone, is not compromised. Furthermore, it results in less pain, swelling and bruising.

A high success rate

These implants are made of surgical grade titanium alloy with a surface treatment that has been well established for many years. They are also significantly stronger and have a larger surface area than the other mini implants which have already been in use for over 20 years, and given long term approval by the US food and Drug administration.

Aesthetically pleasing

Contemporary concepts of aesthetics in implantology have shifted over recent years to the importance of good gingival contours. Invariably, achieving good results may require soft tissue augmentation procedures to compensate the vertical and horizontal bone loss that commonly takes place following tooth loss. The dentist will advise this as necessary.

The critical question is the patients smile line, and how much of the restoration the patient shows. For many patients faced with a choice of compromised soft tissue aesthetics or a bone graft with all its associated complications, they will opt to avoid a bone graft. In fact, many horizontal defects can be improved by use of the MAXI implant which has a bulking out effect on the ridge without grafting.



Bone expansion with Midi Post Implant

Replace Several Teeth

The dental implants are replacement, or substitute tooth roots, used to replace natural tooth roots where teeth are missing. Once the implants are secured a tailor made crown (the tooth itself) is secured on to the implant. It is not necessary for each missing tooth to require an implant and if you have 3+ teeth missing next to each other you could opt for a bridge supported by 2 or more implants (depending on the individual circumstances).



Single visit Implant and Crown Using Maxi Implants


Mini and Midi implants can be provided to our patients at a lower cost than conventional implants, thanks to the single piece implant and abutment (component that fixes the crown). All you need is the implant and a crown. Costs are further limited by simplicity of placement and the few visits required for completion (usually one or two) which means less chair-side time.

Mini Implants by IMTEC

PLEASE NOTE: Mini dental implants are used only for denture stabilisation

Why a Mini Dental Implant

An MDI or Mini Dental Implant procedure can stabilize a patient’s denture or other crown in just a few hours. The 1.8 mm width (the same as a wooden toothpick) means less time in surgery to place the implants. It also provides immediate and on-going stabilization for those who can’t tolerate full size conventional implants.

Stabilise Dentures

The mini implants are a perfect system to provide greater denture stability for those refused regular implants for lack of bone, or simply cannot afford the cost of conventional implants.

The most effective use of this unique dental product is stabilization of a lower denture. There are approximately 120,000 people in the UK who are edentulous (literally meaning lacking teeth) who struggle daily with prosthetic devices. A majority suffers a great deal of discomfort as a result of loose or ill-fitting dentures. Also, many denture wearers simply withdraw from any type of social engagement as a result of being compelled to wear them. 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 prosthesis. Successful placement of the mini implants addresses and solves all of these social and practical problems.

The head of the implant is shaped like a ball. The retaining fixture in your denture acts like a socket that contains a rubber O-ring. This snaps over the ball when the denture is seated and holds the denture at a predetermined level of force. When seated the denture gently rests on the gum tissue while the implant fixture allows for micro mobility while withstanding the natural lifting of eating.

Mini Dental Implant technique for denture stabilization

The MDI Denture Stabilization Procedure

This denture wearer is missing all his lower teeth. His jawbone is thin and he isn’t able to withstand the rigors of a lengthy conventional implant surgery. This patient is healthy and is a perfect candidate for this procedure.

Implant Site Preparation
Patients are first anesthetized and then a special drill is used to create a place for each implant.


Placing the Implants
Each tiny implant is then held by a small finger driver that inserts the implant and also acts as a screw driver.


Tightening the Implants
Next, a winged wrench further tightens the implant.


Seating the Implants
Finally, a ratchet wrench firmly seats the implant into place.


Retrofitting the Denture

The patient’s existing denture will be marked to show the placement of the implants and wells will be drilled at each of those points at our on-site lab. Each well will contain a metal housing that will allow the denture to snap on and off each implant.


The Completed Procedure
The retrofitted denture is snapped into place and the patient will be ready to have dinner the same evening.


What are the benefits of dental implants?

Improved Appearance

If you loose a tooth or when teeth are lost, ongoing shrinkage of your jawbones occurs, making your face look older. Dental implants can slow or stop this process. Dental implants look and feel like your own natural teeth.

Improved Comfort

Dental implants eliminate the pain and discomfort of removable full or partial dentures. Since dentures sit on top of your jawbone and gums, continuous shrinkage of your jaw bone alters the fit of your denture, resulting in slipping or rocking of the dentures. Exposed nerves and irritation of your gum tissue may add to your discomfort. Implant supported replacement teeth are like natural teeth because they are anchored securely to your jawbone. Gum irritation and the pain of exposed nerves associated with conventional full or partial dentures are eliminated.

Improved Speech

With ill fitting dentures, the teeth will slip and slide around your mouth. Your facial muscles become tense as you attempt to hold your teeth in place. This often results in mumbling, slurred speech or clicking noises. Replacement teeth anchored by implants allow you to speak with confidence in a relaxed and natural tone.

Eat Better

The average denture patient with an excellent fitting denture eats at 15-20% efficiency when compared to a person with natural teeth. As your jawbone shrinks, your chewing efficiency is reduced even more, making it difficult for you to eat certain foods. Dental implants can restore your chewing efficiency comparable to that of natural teeth. This allows you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain, enjoy what everyone else is eating and not think twice about it. A full upper denture would cover the whole palate of your mouth and this reduces your ability to taste foods. With dental implants, you can have the palate removed from your upper denture so you can taste and enjoy your food.


Dental implants can eliminate the numerous embarrassing inconveniences of removable partial and full dentures. You will eliminate the use of gooey denture adhesives that must be re-applied throughout the day. You will no longer need to cover your mouth when you laugh or smile, for fear that your teeth will pop out or fall down. And if you cough, you can dispose of your net to catch your flying teeth!

Protect Your Remaining Natural Teeth

Dental implants are often more appropriate than a bridge for the replacement of one or more adjacent teeth. With conventional bridgework, your teeth surrounding the gap must be ground down. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify these teeth, resulting in a conservative, yet esthetic restoration.

Improved Self Esteem

Considering all other benefits, dental implants can improve your self-esteem. You may feel better about yourself. You can regain nearly all the capabilities that most people have with natural teeth, giving you renewed confidence, and allowing you to enjoy life, do what everyone else is doing and not think twice about it.

Conventional Implants (Straumann)

The most popular form of implant is the Root Implant. This type of implant is very effective and mirrors the size and the shape of a patient’s natural tooth. Many times, this implant will be as strong structurally as the original tooth’s root. Once the dentist applies the local anaesthesia, he or she makes an incision in the gum in order to gain access to the jawbone. The bone is then prepared and the implant inserted into the jawbone with care and precision. Finally, the dentist stitches the gums and, if necessary, prescribes the appropriate medication. During the osseointegration step, which lasts anywhere from 3 to 8 months, the jawbone firmly attaches itself to the implant. Once osseointegration is completed, the patient returns to the dental office where the implant is fitted with the new tooth.


Immediate implant procedure

Failed post and core root-treated tooth Extraction site Extracted Tooth Implant head



Implant x-ray Crown on implant Crown on implant 2nd
Finished result



Posterior implant procedure

Implants viewed in upper jaw Implant healing caps in upper jaw Impression posts in lower jaw

Impression posts in upper jaw

Fitted bridges in upper jaw Fitted bridges in lower jaw Fitted bridges


Speedy dental implants help Member of Parliament avoid dentures

New implant technology pioneered by the Kensington Dental Spa have helped a Member of Parliament smile with confidence in his high profile role.

The new titanium implants are designed for stability and speed and the process takes just minutes rather than months, as with traditional implants providing replacement teeth that are immediately usable. They can be used to replace dentures and look totally natural.

Deputy Ivan Rihoy, Member of Guernsey Parliament, had a four tooth denture at the front of his mouth with a bridge loose along one side. He had been told there was no alternative but to have his top teeth removed and get a full set of dentures. Following research on the internet and recommendation he discovered the latest generation of dental implants were an alternative. He scheduled an appointment at Kensington Dental Spa, one of the handful of dental practices offering the new tied and tested technology, known as ‘Maxi’ implants.