Dental Implants

Why have healthy teeth damaged to replace missing teeth? You can have great teeth you can chew with even if you were told in the past this will not be possible.

Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that are used in the treatment of tooth loss.

There are a number of options for the treatment of missing teeth; none have proven to be as effective and durable as implants.  Dental implants are sometimes the only logical choice for the restoration of necessary teeth as they leave remaining teeth intact.

Strong, durable and natural in appearance, implants are among the most successful dental procedures performed (95% success with the right after care).  People who have lost teeth might feel too self-conscious to smile or talk.  Additionally, tooth loss can have a negative effect on eating habits and this can lead to health problems like malnutrition.

Same Day Implants & Teeth

Less surgery, less time and no need for a gap or denture.

Sometimes it is possible to remove a tooth and place an implant immediately into the extraction socket and this is often the case near the front of the mouth.

We also make a tooth to place upon the implant, so that no bridges or dentures are needed.

The speed and simplicity of this treatment is fantastic for patients.

Although not possible for every case, you will be told at your implant assessment whether this form of treatment is an option for you.

Single Tooth Implants

Replacing a missing or failing single tooth with an implant has great benefits over the alternative options of a bridge or denture.

  • Implants look and feel like real teeth
  • Implants are fixed securely in your mouth – you do not remove them at night
  • Implants never get decayed
  • Implants preserve bone by replacing the tooth root
  • There is no damage to adjacent teeth as is caused by a bridge.
  • Implants produce an excellent cosmetic result – it’s usually impossible to tell the difference between implants and real teeth.

In most cases the treatment is very quick (usually taking less time in the chair than a crown or root treatment), is virtually pain free, and the recovery is straightforward. Most patients report less discomfort after an implant is placed than following an extraction by their dentist.

You will not be left with a visible gap during any stage of your treatment and we will discuss your options for filling these gaps carefully with you at your assessment.

The final outcome will be a replacement tooth that looks feels and functions like one of your own teeth.

There is no reason a successful, well-maintained implant should not last a lifetime.

Multiple Teeth Replacement

Multiple teeth can be replaced by implants to give you back the aesthetics and ability to chew without any difficulties.

  • Implants preserve bone by replacing the tooth root
  • Implants never feel loose and uncomfortable like a denture
  • There is no damage to adjacent teeth as is caused by a bridge

If you are missing a number of teeth, they may either be replaced with individual implants for each missing tooth, or by joining two or more implants together.

The importance of replacing missing back teeth (your molar teeth) cannot be over-emphasised as these are the teeth that are designed to do the chewing of your food.

If you have lost all of your teeth, 4-6 implants joined together may produce a very strong replacement.

Implant Retained Dentures

Many dentures can be improved in a cost effective way by holding them in place with implants.

For a cost-effective way of replacing many missing teeth, dentures can be held securely in place with implants, providing a great improvement from traditional removable dentures.

  • Eliminates the need for denture adhesives
  • Helps preserve the bone and facial structures
  • Minimises wrinkles around the mouth by restoring lost lip-support
  • Markedly improves your ability to chew – you can eat whatever you want and enjoy your food again.

A lower denture can sometimes need only 2 implants to provide stability, which will give a dramatic transformation in the ability to eat.

 

All-on-4®

A new, simplified solution for the patients who have lost all or most of their teeth. The full-arch rehabilitation provides aesthetic and functional teeth in just one day. The non-removable teeth are fixed permanently on four implants, making All-on-4® a most stable and reliable solution for patients with missing teeth. All-on-4® allows the highest rate of success with guaranteed satisfying results.

Why All-on-4® is Your Best Option for patients wanting to get rid of their dentures, and to people with failing teeth in need of a full upper and/or lower restoration:

 

  •  Fixed (Non-Removable)

Unlike conventional dentures, the All-on-4® procedure allows you to have a full mouth of permanent teeth that feels and functions like real. The All-on-4® procedure eliminates the day-to-day frustrations and discomforts of dentures.

  •   Aesthetic

Unlike conventional dentures which are large in size and could possibly affect your appearance over time, All-on-4® gives you the set of teeth that looks and acts like natural, healthy teeth.

  •   Same-Day Teeth (‘Teeth-in-a-Day’)

Unlike dentures or locators that need lengthy transition period, All-on-4® procedure is often completed in a single day as the implants and teeth are inserted on same day.

  •   Immediate Function

Recovery process is minimized for All-on-4® technology. Eat, talk, and socialize as soon as you have left us.

  •   Minimal Need for Grafting

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure often necessary in a process of building conventional implants. The missing tooth often causes loss of bone underneath and in order to restore this area the bone is taken from your chin or pelvis. With All-on-4® you only need a minimum number of implants inserted and therefore in most cases bone grafting is not required.

  • Bring The Cost Down

Unlike conventional implants that may require 8-10 implants and bone grafting that makes the entire process long and complex with treatment taking up to a year, All-on-4® has made a revolution by significantly bringing the cost down for more effective and satisfying results. The exact cost varies by patients and their condition but with a lesser number of implants and the simpler ‘Teeth-in-a-Day’ procedure, All-on-4® is a definite solution for patients with missing teeth.

Treatment process

Traditional approaches to restoring a full arch of teeth usually involved bone grafts, six or more implants, and as many as 18 months of treatment. That meant that a patient often would be without any teeth or with ill-fitting temporary dentures for more than a year.

Step 1

The dentist will examine you to discuss all your available options.

Step 2

You have two or three visits to our office to allow us to gather information ready for your implant placement.

Step 3

Implant placement and bridge fitting.

The patient will return for occasional check-ups over the next several weeks and months. After almost six months, when the gums have fully healed and the implants are fused to the natural bone, we will take new impressions of the patient’s mouth and prepare a final, stronger, permanent set of teeth adjusted to a perfect fit. This helps ensure the longest life of the teeth, and provide maximum support, beauty, and function to the patient.

FAQ's

Unlike dentures, All-On-4® dental implants are a permanent set of teeth that look and feel natural. That means they:

• Are permanent teeth that are brushed and cleaned like natural teeth
• Do not have to be taken out and cleaned each night
• Do not need messy, sticky adhesives
• Do not press down on your gums, so they’re more comfortable
• Allow you to taste and experience hot and cold food
• Do not cause you to gag
• Allow you to bite with increased force, so you can eat all of your favourite foods
• Prevent bone deterioration

All-on-4® uses only four implants, unlike traditional implants which need anywhere from 5 to 8 implants in one arch. Because the posterior implants of the All-on-4® procedure are placed at an angle, allowing for increased bracing and strength by using greater volume of your bone.
Further, traditional implants often require bone grafting, a process that can take 6 months or more to heal. All-on-4®needs no bone grafting for most patients, with extremely high clinical success rates.
All-on-4® is designed to save you time and money as well as repeated surgery and discomfort.

Published studies show a 98.2% success rate using All-on-4® in the lower arch, and a 94% success rate on the upper arch.

If you are currently wearing dentures, or will need dentures in the future, and you are in good health with little bone deterioration, you could be a candidate for All-on-4®.

If you or Dr Fontes have concerns about any health issues, we will contact your GP to discuss your medical condition and determine if this treatment is right for you. It is rare for a medical condition to interfere with your ability to have this procedure.

If Dr Fontes feels that you are not a good candidate for All-on-4® because of health concerns or severe bone loss, there is no need to worry; we can recommend alternative procedures to meet your needs.

Prior to making your final set of new teeth, Dr Imam will ensure that you are pleased with the size, shape, colour, proportion, and comfort of your new teeth.

Many of our patients tell us that their new teeth are more beautiful than their permanent teeth ever were. It is our goal to make you confident in your new smile.

  • No cheap copies! – We use implants from Nobel Biocare®  & Straumann® that have time proven and scientific success.
  • No need for extractions first – in 90% of cases our clinicians can remove your failing teeth and place the implants at the same time. Even with loose gum diseased teeth.
  • 5 year guarantee on the All-on-4® bridge.
  • Outstanding aesthetics – we offer an all porcelain and zirconia final bridge for the ‘next level’ in natural appearance and feel.
  • Excellent value for money – experience allows our team to provide your All-on-4® solution at very competitive prices.