Dental implants All-on-4™ treatments have transformed the lives of people who have lost some or all of their teeth over time causing issues with confidence due to the inability to eat, talk smile without worry. Previously the only solutions were either dental bridges which are suitable more limited siutations and have their own inherent advantages and disadvantages or removable dentures.The history of dental implants now dates back over a half a century to the first pioneering work by Dr Branemark.
We understand that missing teeth and gaps in your smile can be very embarrassing and really affect your confidence. However, with dental implants you can get your confidence and smile back. Many people have experienced tooth loss – whether it be a single tooth that is lost or multiple teeth.
Implant dentists can replace the single tooth that’s missing or broken, whether this is just about to happen or it has been missing for a while but it’s affecting your smile. The restored implant looking and feeling just like a natural tooth avoiding the issues of tooth preparation procedures for bridgework or the artificial feel and discomfort or partial dentures, allowing you to eat whatever you like without compromise.
It can be as advanced as you missing all of your teeth and having a loose full denture plate that you would like to get rid of completely and have good looking fixed teeth to enable you to confidently eat and chew anything you would like when you’re out eating in company, smiling, talking without any movement or wobbly teeth at all.
When teeth are lost your jawbone actually shrinks away, and from scientific research we know that wearing removable dentures accelerates this bone loss process. This in turn affects the muscle tone to the face reducing bone support for the lips and cheeks.
Dental Implants can be used to help and secure loose dentures. The majority of denture wearers suffer discomfort as a result of loose or ill-fitting dentures. If the problems are severe this can lead to withdrawal from social engagements as a result of wearing them. Successful placement of dental implants addresses and solves all of these social and practical problems. The new denture stabilisation techniques are the perfect way to provide greater denture security. Once the implants are in place they again act like a tooth root in the bone, allowing a denture to be securely attached, often with an audible CLICK as the denture is seated.
Dental implants are the equivalent of a titanium screw which replaces the root of a tooth when it is placed into the jaw bone. The number of implants required is dependent on each persons individual situation with regards which tooth/ teeth are missing.
One implant is required to replace a single tooth, though in certain circumstances at the front of the mouth it can be used to support two teeth on a bridge.
Two implants are always required to support three teeth and possibly four, again totally depending on the overall situation in the mouth with regards to which teeth are involved and the bone available.
Between four and six implants are needed to replace a set of twelve teeth per jaw commonly planned and performed as a single treatment, this has become commonly known as the dental implant All-on-4™ technique developed by Nobel Biocare for a very specific treatment process but now become synonymous with any dental implant procedure replacing a full set of teeth in a jaw.
A ‘Full Arch Tooth Replacement’ which has gradually become synonymous with the name dental implant All-on-4™ is the name given to the replacement of a large number of missing teeth or all teeth in either the upper and lower jaws. Opting for dental implants if you have no natural teeth at all will ensure that your replacement teeth look and feel natural and will function like natural teeth when you are eating and talking without having to take them out at night.
As a result, these full arch dental implants are fixed permanently in place so that the only one who knows you have dental implants is you. It is very important to replace missing teeth to not only preserve the functionality of your mouth, but also to allow you to chew food easily. If you are missing most or all of your teeth, there is a chance your cheeks may begin to sag inwards and make you appear older than you are.
Complete denture replacement- no need to remove a denture after meals or at night time. The full arch of teeth can be cared for and cleaned just like natural teeth. The full arch of teeth fits the natural contours of your mouth, improving facial structure and preventing sagging or hollow cheeks. Replacement teeth that feel like a full set of natural teeth increasing self confidence and quality of life. With no compromise on taste as the full arch of upper teeth does not cover the roof of your mouth. Your ability to bite is greatly increased so you can enjoy the foods you previously could not. Choose from a wider choice of food with a more varied diet for healthier living. Promotes a healthy jawbone by preventing further bone loss.
The entire procedure with the correct pre-planning and design work can be completed in just one day with an immediate loading concept that avoids multiple procedures and minimal recovery time with very little discomfort.
It is actually very important that you have good stable oral health even though you may have lost teeth and have previously had issues with gum disease. Quite often some initial dental care is required with dental hygiene therapy to ensure the mouth is in the right condition and suitable for dental implant therapy. This then ensures a successful outcome with continued regular hygiene maintenance care required for long term stability and success.
It is vitally important to look after dental implants so they will be successful for many years, but if not they will develop the same issues as a natural tooth such as bleeding, soreness, gum infections and pain/discomfort.
Dental implants All-on-4™ techniques continue to advance at a rapid rate year on year with new techniques/ materials and digital planning and imaging now available.
Advanced dental implant techniques are also now available to place fixed teeth in people who have very limited bone availabiity. Even people who have previously been advised that they are not suitable for dental implants in the past can be helped and treated without the need for extensive bone grafting.
Very few clinicians are able to provide the advanced surgery required to perform the latest developments in implantology known as pterygoid and zygomatic implants. We are lucky at Azure Dental to have the services of Dr Amit Mistry who is one of the few surgeons in the UK to be able to place these implants in patients who need this type of work undertaking.
If you have any concerns or issues with regards to missing teeth, loose teeth or dentures and are looking at the potential solution of the dental implants all-on-4 technque then please call us on 01704871743 to arrange a Free Consultation to review your individual situation.
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