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About Dr Salam Aziz

Dr Aziz has worked with many different implant systems and has a vast knowledge of placing and restoring Dental Implants. He has invested in state-of-the-art equipment and technology to enhance the patient's care but to also help achieve the high standards he sets. Salam is committed to furthering his knowledge and has undergone a number of post graduate courses by some of the world's leading clinicians that has taken him to different continents to ensure he can provide his patients with the smile they desire.

Salam strongly believes in a patient centred treatment planning and will go into detail about your goals, desired before embarking into any treatment. Salam loves meeting new people and offers free consultations to those who want to know more about dental implants.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are an ideal long term solution to replace missing teeth. Implants replicate the function and aesthetics of a normal tooth, thus restoring a patients’ confidence.

Unlike dentures, implants are a fixed option, meaning you do not need to remove them and you do not fixative to hold them in.

Unlike a dental bridge, implants do not require teeth to be present either side of the gap (which is the case for a dental bridge as this involves capping and anchoring to the adjacent teeth).

What is the structure of an implant?
Implants are made from 3 main components;
  1. A titanium screw – this is surgically placed in the jawbone and acts as an artificial root
  2. The connector (abutment) – this sits on top of the screw just above the gum line, and attaches the screw to the artificial tooth (crown)
  3. The artificial tooth (crown) – this replicates the missing tooth which you can see in the mouth and is made out of porcelain. Sometimes a temporary crown will be made and secured in place whilst the dentist wants for the bone to heal (integrate) with the screw.
Why do patients choose to have implants?
What are the benefits of implants
  • Implants can replace single teeth, multiple adjacent teeth or all teeth within the mouth
  • Improved function (chewing) so you can eat the foods you love
  • They are an alternative fixed option to dentures meaning no more embarrassing situations when you have to remove them, or the worry of them falling out, or the need for denture fixative
  • They are an alternative option to dental bridges, meaning you do not need adjacent teeth, nor do you have to prepare and cap (crown adjacent teeth) which would otherwise may not be necessary
  • They prevent neighbouring teeth from moving (drifting) which can impact the way you bite and impact future dental treatment
  • After a tooth has been lost, the bone in the area is no longer stimulated, by placing an implant the bone continues to be stimulated preventing the unwanted effects of premature bone loss (resorption) such as;
    • bone loss around adjacent teeth which can compromise their stability
    • recession which can have unsightly effects
    • change in facial structure which can accelerate the appearance of ageing
  • Long lasting solution for patients
Types of dental implants

Single Implant

Single Implant

Single implants replace a missing tooth

Implant Bridge

Implant Bridge

Implant bridges can restore multiple adjacent missing teeth. Unlike a traditional bridge (conventional bridge) the dentist does not need to prepare teeth either side of the gap meaning this is a less invasive option for the possibly otherwise healthy teeth either side of the gap.

Teeth in a Day (All-on-4 / All-on-6)

Teeth in a Day (All-on-4 / All-on-6)

Patients missing all teeth in the arch can have 4 or 6 dental implant screws placed, and on top a long span implant bridge, thus replacing multiple teeth.

Overdenture (Implant-Supported Denture)

Overdenture (Implant-Supported Denture)

Overdentures replace an entire arch of missing teeth, either top, bottom or the full mouth. These can either be fixed or removable depending on your requirement.

Things to consider when having a dental implant
What is the procedure?
Implant procedure

1. Initial implant consultation

Patient’s must book an initial consultation with our dentist. At this appointment he/she will perform a dental examination, review your medical history, and discuss all options available to you including pros and cons, and financial costs.

If you have not yet had the tooth removed, our dentist can arrange this for you.

2. Further investigations

If you are interested in implants, and the dentist deemed you a suitable candidate, the dentist will arrange for further investigations e.g. x-rays such as a CT scan which will be performed at a location close to you. The dentist may take additional x-rays and impressions of your mouth for our diagnostic records.

3. Review

Once the dentist has all your records, he/she will discuss whether or not you have enough bone to proceed. If you have insufficient bone, this does not necessarily mean you cannot have an implant, it may mean you need further treatment such as a bone graft.

4. Implant procedure

This involves numbing up the area, placing the titanium screw in the jaw bone. it is likely that titches will be placed in which case you may be asked to come back 2 weeks later to have these removed. Once the implant heals (usually between 3-6 months) the artificial tooth/teeth can be placed on top. During the healing period, a temporary tooth/teeth can be placed on top or a temporary removable appliance. This will all be discussed further with your dentist during your consultation as this case dependant.

5. Maintenance

It is important that you attend your review appointments with the dentist and maintain good oral hygiene at home as well as regular visits with our dental hygienist.


A bone graft is performed when it is deemed there is insufficient good quality bone to place an implant. It involves exposing the area where the tooth is missing, and placing bone graft material into the area. The material acts as a scaffold to enable bone to grow over the defected area. The area is then left to heal for a period of 3-6 months. There are different types of bone graft material, your dentist can discuss which one is best suited for you.

Your dentist will assess whether or not you are a suitable candidate for an implant. You must have a healthy mouth and good oral hygiene, with enough bone structure to enable an implant to be placed. This will be assessed in the form of x-rays including a low dose CT scan.

  • Pregnant mothers
  • Excessive smoking
  • Excessive alcohol
  • Medications such as bisphosphonates, anticoagulants whereby their INR is poorly controlled
  • Patients with autoimmune diseases who are more prone to delayed healing and integration of the implant to the bone
  • Advanced gum and bone loss due to periodontal disease
  • Patients who are severe bruxists (patients who grind their teeth). These patients may need to be referred to a restorative specialist for further assessment prior to implants.
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The cost of an implant varies due to a number of factors such as:

  • Patient specific needs
  • How many are placed
  • Materials used which may be specific to that patient
  • Any further investigations / treatment needed e.g. additional x-rays and bone graft

At your initial consultation your dentist will advise you of the anticipated costs.

We have partnered with Tabeo to provide interest free (over 12 months) and interest-bearing finance options available to help you spread the costs of implant treatment.

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