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.
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
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.