What is a Dental implant?

My name is Hennie and I’m the dentist placing all implants at Upton Dental and Implant Centre. We get a lot of questions either through social media or our website asking several questions about dental implants. I will try my best to demystify the subject and make it easier for our patients to understand the mechanics of an implant.

Dental Implant treatment changes a lot over the last 20 years. We still see patients now saying they had an implant consultation in the past and was told they can’t have implants because of too little bone. This changed since we are now in a position that if certain criteria are adhered to, we can make you grow new bone, enough to support an implant. All the different types of bone grafting materials available these days, made it much easier to graft an area that was previously unsuitable for implants.

When we lose a tooth, we must decide how to replace it. If we decide to use an implant to replace missing teeth, we need to do quite a bit of planning before we can start. We need to know what we want to achieve as a final result before we start the whole process because if we place the implant in the wrong position, we will not be able to have a tooth in the correct position which will affect the aesthetics and health of the gum around the implant. We need to work out the angle and correct depth of the implant. There are so many things to take in consideration before we can place the fixture. We will always show you all the scans and discuss anything that may complicate the treatment.

An implant is literally a titanium screw that we use to replace the root of the tooth. We place the implant into the jawbone and then wait 3 to 6 months for the implant to integrate into the jaw. This means your bone cells around the new implant will slowly grow onto the surface of the implant. During this time you may not see the implant at all as it will be buried under the gum.

“Ouch, I can’t ever do that!” I hear a lot of people say. To be honest, we phone all our patients the next day and almost everybody comments on how pain free the whole procedure was. We always compare the discomfort to having an extraction. Of course, the area will be a bit sore and swollen for a few days, but you will never be in pain. We also use PRGF in many of our procedures to prevent swelling and infection and it accelerate the healing process.


After the healing period ( 3 months) we can start constructing your new tooth which will be either screwed into the implant or it will be cemented onto an abutment (which is screwed into the implant).

The implant is made of titanium, the same material they use for knee and hip replacements. We use 2 implant systems called Zimmer and Ankylos and both have many years of research behind them. Our success rate is above 98% and if an implant fails to integrate, we will replace it for free. There are a lot of cheap implants on the market which we refuse to use due to the lack of research done on them. Cheap implant prices don’t always mean it’s a good deal.

In some cases, we need to be more careful such as when people decide to smoke and people with uncontrolled diabetes. Under these circumstances the chances for the implant to not integrate with the bone is higher.

Upton Dental offer affordable Implants, done with the least amount of discomfort and in a very sterile environment by very experienced clinicians. Our nurses will always make sure you are very well looked after during the whole process.

If you have a missing tooth, a loose denture or will have an imminent extraction, please call me for a free consultation. We can give you all the information in writing as well so that you can go home and think about what is the correct treatment for you.

Thank you


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