Since their discovery in the 1950s, dental implants have revolutionised modern dentistry around the world. This is because they offer a viable alternative to conventional bridges and dentures, by fusing with the jawbone and preventing its further deterioration.
Dental implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone by experienced dentists, such as the ones at Moor Park Dental in London. The main function of implants is to replace the tooth root. They adhere to the bone tissue and encourage further growth. Once healed, dental implants are topped by artificial teeth such as crowns, bridges and dentures.
Modern implant dentistry offers many alternatives to traditional dental implants. These are minimally invasive techniques, which can be a better alternative for certain patients.
Same Day Implants
Same Day Implants reduce treatment time considerably by offering patients the placement of temporary crowns just after implant surgery. This way one can have fully functional teeth in just one appointment. This is really important for patients whose lifestyle requires a good appearance. The temporary crown does not compromise implant healing – once the dental implants have fused to the jawbone, a permanent crown can be fixed on top of the implant.
All-on-4 is an increasingly popular technique, which allows the placement of a full arch of replacement teeth either in either jaw with dental implants. All-on-4 involves fixing four (or six) dental implants into the jawbone, which serve as a base for the replacement teeth.
Unlike popular belief, All-on-4 does not require bone grafting. Thanks to special abutments, the temporary replacement teeth can be fixed on the same day the dental implants are operated. However, patients should change their diet accordingly during the healing period. After a few weeks and once the gum tissue has healed and the implants have adhered to the natural jawbone, the final bridge can be placed and patients may return to their normal diet and lifestyle.
Although All-on-4 is sometimes promoted as a very fast treatment, truth is that several visits to the dentist are required for effective results. These include consultation visits, the planning of the treatment, the operation, regular check-ups and the last appointment for the placement of the permanent teeth.