Complete implant smile in York
Teeth in a Day-Immediate Restorations
For patients who have a failing dentition and need multiple teeth extracted, or for patients who no longer have teeth present this is a possibility but is a very specific type of treatment that needs to be assessed on an individual patient basis. This technique commonly referred to as the All on 4 Implant System or ‘Teeth in a Day’ is where a fixed bridge or denture components are fitted onto 4 dental implants in one day and are not removable by the patient.
Normally, in order to replace all missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw a patient is required to have 6 – 10 dental implants. With the All-on-4 system two implants at the back of the jaw are placed at an angle of 45 degrees enabling longer implants to be placed in this area for greater stability. The two implants at the front of the jaw are placed at 90 degrees. These 4 implants are then braced together by a fixed bridge which is screwed into the implants and held permanently in place. Unlike an implant-retained denture the All-on-4 denture can only be removed by a dentist and so is as close to having your natural teeth as you will get.
With All-on-4 you can arrive in the morning and leave in the afternoon with a permanent set of new teeth.
The All-on-4 system costs approximately twice that of implant-retained dentures but is as close as you will get to having your natural teeth back. During your consultation we will discuss the pros and cons of your treatment options so that you can make an informed decision of the treatment that is best suited for your individual situation.
Does it hurt?
We will numb your gums so that you do not feel any discomfort. We can offer sedation for anxious or nervous patients. Afterwards over the counter painkillers are normally enough to control any discomfort even after extensive treatment.
What will the new teeth look like?
It is of the upmost importance that you feel confident and comfortable in your new smile. We will work with you to achieve the unique result that you are looking for. We always allow you to see your smile before it is fitted. Additionally we can typically provide you with the opportunity to preview your smile in your own mouth before any work is carried out.
Do I need to be without teeth for anytime?
No. The All on 4 technique is often described as Teeth in a Day. We normally do the surgery in the morning and fit the new teeth at the end of the day
Are the teeth removable?
No. The teeth are screwed into place. They can only be removed by the dentist for repair and maintenance.
Will the procedure be costly?
Each stage stands alone in that you do not go to the next stage of treatment until you are stable and comfortable. This ensures that we go at your own pace and treatment costs can, therefore, be spread over any length of treatment. As discussed we do have 0% finance available, to allow you to follow the ideal therapy plan.
I am still not sure I am suitable and don't want to pay for a consultation. We advise patients to take advantage of our Complimentary Consultation. You can talk through the treatment with Dr Harrison and he can answer any questions you may have, and let you know if there are other treatments that might be better for you.
Implant Retained Dentures
It is possible to provide assistance to retain and steady conventional complete dentures. The simplest method of doing this is to use a ‘press stud’ style attachment on dental implants known as a locator abutment.
It is necessary to place two or four implants in the lower jaw and a minimum of four implants in the upper jaw.
The implants have a ‘press stud’ style attachment included with the opposite end of the attachment within the denture. This allows the dentures to be pressed into the mouth and ‘clicked’ in place. Although there can still be slight movement with this restoration it is a world away from a complete denture and offers security, stability and confidence for patients who experience difficulty wearing dentures.
Implant Retained Dentures with Syncone
Implant-retained dentures using a technique known as “SynCone" require between 4 (lower jaw) to 6 (upper jaw) dental implants placed in the jaw which have tapered posts then fitted to them. These tapered posts that are attached to the implants lock tightly into place with a coping (cap) that is fabricated into the base of the denture. This tight connection between the post and the cap help to support and secure the denture for use on the same day.
Unlike traditional implant-retained dentures the SynCone technique allows the dentures to be held in place by the implants on the same day as surgery rather than waiting 3-6 months for the implants to integrate. SynCone dentures also have less of a tendency to cause gum and bone shrinkage than traditional implant-retained dentures.
The third way we treat patients who have lost or losing their remaining teeth is by using fixed implant supported porcelain bridges. These custom made bridges can be adapted to nearly every situation, usually 6-8 implants will be needed in each jaw to support this bridge. As a result not all patients are suitable, however they still represent the gold standard in tooth replacement and offer the patient the most natural life-like feel to their replacement teeth.