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Dental Implants, All on 4 and bone grafting

About Dental Implants, All on 4 and bone grafting

If you’ve lost a tooth due to injury, poor dental health or gum disease, a dental implant might be the right choice for you. The procedure involves a series of scans to aid in positioning the implant and assess your bone structure. Made from biocompatible titanium, the implants are surgically placed to ensure that they merge with the jawbone. Once replaced, they provide a permanent anchor for replacement teeth, crowns and bridges. Having a dental implant allows you to benefit from brand new teeth that appear and feel natural. Because the metal fuses with your jawbone, the implants won’t slip, make noise or cause bone damage. Additionally, the materials won’t decay and will last for years to come. Once implants are inserted, maintenance is vital. Maintenance simply involves regular brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental check-ups and cleanings to upkeep oral hygiene.

All on 4

The All on 4 concept was created by Nobel Biocare, and it is based on placing 4 or more implants to replace a full arch of teeth.
This allows us to avoid bone grafting and angle the posterior (back) implants in the upper jaw to miss the sinuses, and in the lower Jaw to avoid the nerve.

The advantages of All on X type implants are:

1. Save the patient the bone grafting experience
2. Restore all the missing teeth with 4 or more implants
3. Immediately load the implants with temporary teeth in some cases, so patients don’t have to wear a denture

The number of implants needed will be discussed by the dentist and please note that this number varies depending on the patient.
So to determine if you are eligible for All on X, you will need the following :

1. A consultation appointment, where by a CBCT scan (dental CT) will be taken to assess the bone levels
2. Photographs
3. Digital scans and or impressions will be needed as well

After the initial assessment, you’ll be made another appointment for presenting the options, final treatment plan, cost involved and the medico-legal consent.

In some cases, another appointment is needed, particularly if new teeth are getting issued on that day of surgery or soon after.
The surgical appointment can completed under:
1. Local anaesthetics
2. I.V (twilight) sedation
3. General anaesthetics

All these options and their relevant costs will be discuss with you in details.

Advantages of Dental Implants:

  • Long Lasting:

    Dental implants are a permanent solution, providing patients with natural looking teeth that look, feel and function like regular teeth
  • Comfortable:

    Unlike removable dentures, Implants eliminate the discomfort of detachable teeth
  • Improves Oral Health:

    Unlike Bridges, dental Implants do not require altering the other teeth, which improves long-term oral hygiene, as there is easier access between teeth
  • Convenient:

    Dentures and brides can make chewing difficult, however dental implants function like natural teeth, allowing you to eat regularly without pain.