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Why we use different Dental Implants

Dental implants have given many of our patients a new lease of life; dentures permanently replaced with fixed crowns and bridgework, loose dentures stabilised with magnets or clips.

The shape and surface of implants has changed greatly since Neil started to place implants way back in the mid-1980s. We have worked with many different systems to overcome particular problems for individual patients. No implant system has the perfect features to cover all situations, so we use several implant systems with different features.

We use a wide range of implants; long ones, short ones, fat ones, thin ones, straight and conical shapes. This allows us to select the most appropriate implant for each situation.

Implants we currently use are;



              One piece,


             Maxi-Z  Flat End (our main workhorse implant),

             Classic 2 Advanced (a straight sided implant for narrower or wider sockets).

Implant systems we have used and are familiar with include;








Immediately after extraction;

Astra ST implant ; this shape is Neil's favourite implant and fills the fresh extraction socket nicely


Narrow Bone; Imtec mini-implants (see mini implants webpage in the menu) and OsteoCare 'midi' implants (see midi implants webpage in the menu).

Shallow Bone; There are now several short implant systems available. We used to use Endopore implants but found them to be unreliable in the long term. Astra have now developed a 6mm implant (see picture below) and Osteocare have an 8mm implant in a range of widths allowing a choice depending on the shape of the available bone;. These short implants allow us to place implants at the back of the mouth, safely avoiding important anatomical structures.


Sometimes the implant can be used to create space for more bone growth such as under the sinus; 

In all cases, planning is the key to success; x rays, models, and in many cases ct scans are used to make the placement and restoration as predictable as possible. We have our own ct scanner on site at the practice.


After the gum has been numbed, a small hole is carefully made in the jaw and the implant is gently tapped or screwed into place. We prefer not to load the implant for 3 months whilst the bone heals around the unique titanium surface. Occasionally it is possible to make a temporary crown at the time of implant placement, but more often, a temporary denture or bridge is worn over the implant during this healing phase. After this stage, a tooth peg or abutment is attached to the implant and a temporary crown or bridge is placed to gently load the implant for a further 2-3 months.

The bone fuses with the implant becoming a rigid extension that can then have the definitive crown or bridge made to blend in with the rest of your mouth.


I'm happy with my denture if it just wasn't so LOOSE!

In some situations two implants are placed and used to retain a denture using magnets, studs or clips. The best retainers we have seen are Locator attachments which are available to fit most of the implant systems we use.This allows considerable confidence in eating, singing, talking and laughing.

This may be preferable to achieve maximum aesthetics in cases where a lot of gum shrinkage has occurred and, as less implants are required, tends to be a cheaper option than a large bridge.




Contact us to find out more...

2 Denmark Street Gateshead NE8 1NQ
Tel: +191 477 2438
Fax: +191 478 2126

The Denmark Street Practice Ltd are proud to be members of
Association on dental implantology British Society of Periodontology Denplan North East Private Dentists British Endodontic Society