All on 4
The All on 4 implant procedure is now a well-established treatment concept with more than 15 years of published research.
It involves placing a minimum of 4 implants, as the name suggests, and using these to support a bridge carrying 12 or more teeth. The number depends on the size of the jaw and positioning of the implants, but 12 teeth on a bridge will meet all functional and aesthetic needs for most of our patients.
The All-on-4 treatment is well supported by the literature and clinical evidence, and we offer this treatment with confidence for our patients. Success rates above 96% are reported, and we confidently offer free replacement in the unlikely event of a failed implant.
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Implant surgery is usually performed under a local anaesthetic, although some anxious patients prefer to have sedation to make the procedure more comfortable.
On the day of surgery any remaining teeth will be removed and the bone shaped before implants are placed. The gum is stitched closed but this is all usually tucked away under the bridge once it is fitted. The stitches dissolve in about 3 weeks after the surgery and do not need to be removed.
The first bridge to be fitted is a temporary, prototype bridge – in effect our best guess on the day of surgery following our detailed preparation with the technician. This bridge can be modified over the following months, with decisions being made ahead of making the final bridge about tooth colour, shape and position, ensuring that you end up with the best possible look and feel for your new teeth.
After 6 months the final bridge is made following a series of appointments at which your dentist will remove the temporary bridge, take impressions and other records so that the final bridge can be made to the ideal design for you.
After implant placement surgery
After Implant surgery, some discomfort and swelling is quite normal and to be expected. It varies widely from person to person, but you will need to be prepared for 5-10 days recuperation and we would suggest you avoid any important diary commitments during that time.
The degree of swelling will vary between patients and may also depend on the number of implants placed and whether or not additional surgical procedures were carried out. Occasionally, along with the swelling, there may also be bruising of the skin overlying the area, although this should fade over a week. If you are a smoker or have a pre-existing medical condition that affects soft tissue healing, the amount of swelling may be greater. You may also experience some nasal and/or sinus stuffiness.
In the majority of cases the surgery element of the treatment is completed at this first stage, and no further surgery is required. Occasionally, depending on circumstances discovered at the time of surgery, it may be necessary to modify the plan, and secondary surgical procedures may then be necessary. You will be kept advised of any changes to the plan and how these will affect the progress of your treatment, but remember this is a relatively rare occurrence and surgery is completed in one visit in the majority of cases without complication.
If there are concerns about the healing and integration of one or more of the implants a minor procedure may be required to expose and check for firm, bony attachment. Recovery from these minor procedures is usually uneventful, but you will be advised what to expect in your case should this procedure be necessary.
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