Excellence in Dental Implants

Straumann Dental Implants

  An Investment in Quality

With their roots in Swiss precision engineering and clinical excellence, the Straumann® Dental lmplants System is renowned for its exceptional quality and reliability. It is one of the most extensively scientifically documented implant systems in the world, comprising of surgical implants and prosthetic components that push the technological boundaries.
Having personally been to the Straumann® Dental lmplant Manufacturing plant in Villeret, Switzerland, we have witnessed how each component is masterly crafted to the highest level of precision. We have confidence when placing Straumann® Dental lmplants and believe it to be these high quality standards that ensures long-term safety and reliability.
Straumann Dental Implants

 Built on Solid Research and Reliable Results

For more than half a century, Straumann® has been driven by research and innovation. Having taken a pioneering role in implantology, the company is a leading global contributor to research and development in its field and is the only implant system to be recommended by the ITI.
ln education and research, Straumann works closely with the lnternational Team for lmplantology (lTl), an independent international network of eminent clinicians and researchers from leading clinics, research institutes and universities around the world.
To complement its solutions, Straumann® manufactures products that are used to regenerate oral tissue, either to support implant procedures or to help preserve teeth after treatment for periodontal disease.

Nobel® Biocare Dental Implants

Nobel Dental Implants

Innovation Beyond Products

The success of Nobel® Biocare is built on over 60 years of experience stemming from Per-Ingvar Brånemark’s ground-breaking work with osseointegration. Being the pioneer of implant science, they have introduced a number of solutions that have become leading standards in the industry.
They have an impressive history and an even brighter future, where they continue to push the boundaries of dental treatment and strive to treating patients better. Nobel® Biocare offers solutions for every type of challenge. Whether a single-tooth replacement or a full rehabilitation, there is a solution backed by research and clinical success.
Nobel Dental Implants

Designing for Life

Whether you are missing a single tooth in the posterior, demand a highly aesthetic anterior restoration, or need a full-arch restoration in order to speak and eat properly again, we have the products you need to restore them. Nobel® Biocare offers around 3000 products, all designed to help you achieve a better lifestyle.

Guided Tissue Regeneration

Guided Tissue Regeneration

It all starts with a good foundation

Adding support to your implant has never been easier with the latest generation of ‘guided tissue regeneration’ materials. We make use of a variety of approved and tested products to ensure the longevity of your dental implants.
There are 3 components to any guided tissue regeneration procedure. The hard tissue or bone substitute, the soft tissue or gum substitute, as well as the living cells which provide potential for growth of new tissue. Some products aim to augment hard and soft tissues structurally and volumetrically whilst others promote tissue growth. Together, they accomplish tissue regeneration never imagined before.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Dental Implants?

A restored dental implant typically consists of three parts. The actual implant body, which resembles the root of a natural tooth and is placed into healthy bone. A crown portion, which fulfils the functional and aesthetic roles of a tooth. And the abutment, which connects the implant to the crown.

It is interesting to note that the most technological advancements are currently being made on the abutment level, where high forces are transferred from the crown to the implant. Make sure to question this when choosing your implant.

What is the aim behind Dental Implants?

Dental implants aim to restore a missing tooth as best as possible. While other methods such as dentures and fixed bridges should also be considered, nothing comes close to the functional and aesthetic potential of a properly placed and restored dental implant.

Dental implants are multi-functional and can support a number of prosthesis such as crowns, bridges, dentures, titanium bars and even full ceramic prosthesis.

Are the placement of Dental Implants painful?

No. Most implants that are placed 6-8 weeks after the removal of the problematic tooth, are placed without any pain during or after the procedure. This is largely due to the absence of infection, the vastly reduced inflammation at this time and the presence of mature bone-forming cells at the site.

When implants are placed immediately following extraction, both infection markers and inflammatory cell levels are at their highest. The bone around the implant also undergoes remodelling due to the immediate presence of bone-remodelling cells at the site. This is why pain may be felt during and after the procedure. It is why implants that are stable at time of placement become loose within the following 2 weeks. And this is why the success rate of immediately placed implants are significantly lower.

How long does the surgical placement of a Dental Implant take?

15 Minutes

When all the necessary planning has been done and the presence of bone and soft tissue is 100% favourable, a single implant can be placed in under 15 minutes with no complications.

30-60 Minutes

There are times when either bone and/or soft tissue may be lacking in the area in which the implant should be placed. The amount of deficiency/excess of tissues determine in many ways the difficulty of the case and will affect the time needed accordingly.

60-180 Minutes

Large cases, where multiple implants are placed simultaneously, may take as long as 3 hours to complete. During planning your surgeon will make sure that you are comfortable with the length of each appointment.

How long do Dental Implants last?

There are currently no studies showing the long term success rates of modern implants as they are continuously developed and improved. Research has proven that previous generation Straumann® implants are able to survive for 10-20 years without any loss of surrounding tissues. This would suggest that there is a possibility that a properly placed implant, together with good oral hygiene, may yield success for a lifetime.

Can Dental Implants be removed?

Yes. We are able to safely remove the problem implant, replace the soft- and hard tissue foundation, and restore the site. We have noticed a rapid increase in the number of implants we remove, and we believe it to be predominantly because of the following two reasons:

  • The import and distribution of cheap, untested and unregulated implants in South Africa. These implants are technologically outdated, contain impurities and should never be placed.
  • Commercially driven clinicians placing implants under unfavourable conditions into unplanned positions. This leads to severe complications both clinically and financially.

Why are Dental Implants removed

Dental implants are removed to eliminate the cause of tissue destruction and to restore the area. When implants are placed in the incorrect spaces, wrong angles and incorrect depths  they lead to severe complications.

Signs of a failing or destructive implant are

  • Bad taste and smell from around implant
  • Swelling, Redness and puss drainage
  • Visible implant threads
  • Continuous crown loosening
  • Mobility of implant
  • Constant food collection under crown

Straumann® Implant99.8% Success Rate

ZAR 25K

VAT incl.
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • 6 – 12 Week Healing Time
  • SLA™ and SLActive™ Surfaces
  • World Wide Support
  • Manufactured in Villeret, Switzerland

Nobel® Implant

ZAR 20K

VAT Incl.
  • Limited Warranty
  • 12 Week Healing Time
  • TiUnite™ Surface
  • World Wide Support

Additional GTR

ZAR 3-9K

VAT Incl.

Implant Removal

ZAR 2K

VAT Incl.

We remove many implants in my clinic. We see the destruction and pain bad implants can cause. When asked what advice I would give I always tell my patients to invest in the best - especially when it comes to dental implants.

Dr Thinus van NiekerkBChD (Pret) Dip Implantology (Pret)

My Implant Story

– Samantha Clifford shares her diary –

Contemplation

Hi, my name is Samantha. I am 37 years old and mother to two boys. I recently had a dental implant placed and would like to share my story with you.

When I was 18 years old I knocked and chipped my front tooth quite badly. Back then it was root canal treated and a crown was placed, but then recently it flared up again. I knew that something had to be done soon, so I started reading about various options for treatment. In the process a family member referred me to the CDE where I made an appointment.

I remember being extremely cautious and apprehensive about the idea of a dental implant.

First Contact

At my first appointment, the CDE team and I explored all treatment options, comparing the various pro’s and con’s. Because my other teeth were in a good condition, and this problem tooth was right in the middle of my smile, we had to find an aesthetic solution that would last a long time.

It really helped seeing previous cases and listening to the CDE team explain how easy this process could be. We discussed the different types of implants and also decided that extra bone may be needed for the best result. I confidently made my next appointment, but the idea of surgery still scared me.

D-Day

The day I was dreading finally arrived. I made sure to have a good breakfast and arrived at the surgery feeling quite nervous. I was offered a cup of tea and given a pre-medication to calm my nerves. The procedure was quick, taking only 30 minutes, and was almost completely painless. The calm efficiency of the team made me feel at ease and the home care instructions gave me confidence in the healing process.

The First Three Days

The first three days have gone by so fast. I have been fortunate not to require an antibiotic, however, I am taking anti-inflammatory medication every 3-4 hours. I have not experienced any pain apart from my gums which are sensitive when I brush them. The ultra-soft surgical toothbrush helps a lot to clean the area. I am also using a mouth-rinse 3 times a day and definitely prefer eating softer foods. Apart from the tiny sutures I have no sensation of the implant itself.

Day 14

Today I went in to have my sutures removed. The appointment took only 10 minutes and was not painful. My gums have healed well around the temporary crown and I am still using my daily mouth rinse which I will continue to use until my next appointment.

The Final

The day has finally arrived! It has been exactly 73 days since my implant was placed and it is now ready to receive the final crown. My appointment today was surprisingly quick. It started with a 10 minute scan of the implant. After that I could go home or stay, have a cup of tea, and catch up on some tv series. I happily stayed and 90 minutes later my crown was ready.

Putting the crown in took 10 minutes and was not painful. What is even more remarkable is that it feels like my own and I love it.