Dental implants are an extremely effective long-term solution for missing teeth and offer a solution to commonly experienced denture problems. They are used to replace the root portion of a missing tooth with a titanium implant. The implant is fixed into a pre-drilled socket in the jawbone and a new restoration is then attached to restore full function to the tooth.
This is the traditional method of dental implant treatment.
All on 4 dental implants is a revolutionary treatment available to clients in London and the UK, which allows a whole set of new teeth (known as an arch) to be supported by just 4 implants. The All on 4 implants are positioned at precise angles to provide optimum support for the arch and complete stabilisation for your dentures.
Before treatment commences a meeting with your London dentist will be held. The consultation is your opportunity to ask your dentist any questions and for them to find if you can have All on 4 dental implants. Your dentist will then carry out a number of tests to determine if you need any teeth removed before the implants are placed. If you are a successful applicant for the treatment, your dentist will explain how the treatment works and arrange an appointment to fit the implants.
The procedure to fit the implants involves placing the implants at specific angles, with the back two implants positioned at a 45 degree angle and the front implants positioned at a 90 degree angle. The placement of the implants is designed to provide better support and anchorage and facilitate the healing process.
When the implants are positioned abutments will then be attached. Abutments are small devices that connect the implants to the new restorations. When the abutments are secure, the restorations will be attached and your dentist will examine the look of your new smile and the fit of the implants.
After your implants have been fitted, you will be told to attend regular appointments, so that your London dentist can check the progress of the treatment. After around 6 months the implants will have healed and integrated into the bone fully and your permanent restorations can be fitted.
All on 4 dental implants are unlike traditional implants because 4 implants are used to sustain a whole arch, when usually between 6 and 10 implants are needed to maintain an arch. All on 4 dental implants are able to sustain an arch because of the angles the implants are positioned at, with the back implants positioned at a 45 degree angle rather than a 90 degree angle, which helps to lock the implants together. As only 4 implants are needed the procedure is quicker and less invasive.
All on 4 implants have many benefits. As just 4 implants are required to sustain a whole arch the procedure is quicker and less invasive and fewer visits to the dentist are required. All on 4 implants are also beneficial because new teeth are fitted during the same appointment as the implants, meaning that you can show off your new smile straightaway. There is also rarely any need for bone grafting and All on 4 implants create an attractive aesthetic, as well as restoring optimum function to the mouth. We treat our patients at our exclusive private dental studio in London W1 Harley Street.
The All-on-4 procedure is designed specifically to minimise discomfort, and we will provide you with a sedative or local anaesthetic whist your implants are being placed. There will be some mild soreness and swelling after the procedure, but this can be reduced with over-the-counter painkillers. Most patients recover very quickly, and usually can return to work comfortably the next day.
You are in good hands with our expert team at Harley Street Dental Studio, you can be confident in our capability to work with you to create the very best replacement teeth, in both shade and shape, so that you will not be able to distinguish between them and your natural teeth.
Health is more of a deciding factor for All-on-4 treatment than age. If you are healthy enough to have teeth extracted, generally you will also be healthy enough for All-on-4 implants. We will undertake a thorough assessment of your mouth, jawbone and teeth to ensure you will receive the very best results.