When searching for a solution to replace missing teeth we are no longer limited to just dentures or partial dentures, there are now highly sophisticated dental implants available.

Dental implants can be used for a variety of situations:

  • When missing a single front or back tooth
  • When missing more than one tooth
  • To replace an entire jaw of failed teeth or both upper and lowers jaws (All-on-4)
  • To replace removable dentures (All-on-4)
  • For denture stabilisation
  • By using porcelain bridge supported onto two implants to replace multiple teeth.

What is a dental Implant?

A dental or tooth implant replaces either an already missing tooth or a failing tooth that cannot be saved. Dental implants are only possible when there is enough good quality bone at the implant site to hold onto the dental implant securely. The dental implant fully replaces the missing tooth and its root and are considered to be the closest alternatives to natural teeth. Teeth implants have a long history (over 50 years!) of research, proving they are a long-term, strong and aesthetic replacement for your natural teeth. These 50-year research papers are related to Nobel Biocare, the founders of both dental implants and the All-on-4 ‘full mouth’ technique.

Unlike dental crowns and partial dentures, dental implants replace an independent tooth and do not rely on neighbouring natural teeth for support. As well as replacing the tooth, dental implants actually integrate with your jaw bone just like your natural teeth. This prevents the usual bone loss that occurs after a tooth is extracted. The preservation of bone helps to maintain facial support, lip support, and gum support. For single implant tooth replacement or multiple teeth (3-4) implant bridges, the dental implant will need to be placed approximately three months prior to the tooth (porcelain crown). This is because the natural bone needs to integrate with the implant through a biological process called osseointegration. Allowing the bone and implant to fuse as one provides anchorage for the restored tooth, thus ensuring long-term strength and function as opposed to the uncomfortable and temporary false teeth or dentures.

Choosing an Implant Dentist

With so much information available and so practices now offering cheap dental implants it can be hard to know which way to turn or who to go to. With cheaper overseas options also readily available, just what exactly should patients be thinking about when it comes to deciding on their implant dentist?

  • Consider if the dentist performing the surgery is also the dentist fitting the tooth
  • Always ask to see similar cases or before and afters of previous patients
  • Ask about the longevity of treatment and the results you can expect
  • Consider the brand of implant components used
  • Does your dentist work closely with the technician (the person hand crafting your new tooth or set of teeth), are they onsite or is lab work outsourced?
  • Research the experience of the implant dentist and their team
  • If sedation is required consider an anaesthetist

Why Nobel Biocare implants?

Since there first implant was placed in 1965, the company has been at the forefront of innovation in the dental industry.

The ADAP team believe that Nobel Biocare offers the most comprehensive and proven range of dental implants and related products. They are a world leader in the field of innovative implant-based dental restorations whose success is built on more than 50 years of research and innovation and as such is our choice of implant.

Single tooth dental implants

In addition to functioning and appearing like a natural tooth, an implant replaces a single tooth without damaging the health of neighbouring teeth.

Whether it is front or back, if a tooth cannot be saved or is already missing a dental implant is regarded as the best fixed long-term solution. Aesthetic, easier to clean and less prone to gum and bone recession implants have several advantages over other tooth replacement options such as a bridge or plate. Single tooth implants can be done while awake or under sedation depending on preference and are usually done over two phases which is very unique to ADAP, offering immediate tooth replacement. An initial implant and temporary crown is fitted during the first surgery, with a final crown fitted around 3 months later. For information about tooth implant costs, book a no obligation consultation with us.

Immediate tooth replacement

At ADAP Dr Adrian and the team have developed a technique where in selected cases patients can have their tooth implant and a temporary crown in one surgery meaning no downtime with a potential gap or missing tooth.

It is very common that we see patients who present to us a missing or damaged front tooth. This could be from a number of traumas but is generally from sports or accidents.  In certain cases, and if suitable we can offer an immediate tooth replacement, however this varies on each individual patients circumstances. When for example, a patient is told that one of their front teeth cannot be saved, one of the biggest reservations is how long will they potentially have to go without a tooth? or will they have to wear a partial denture?

All-on-4 dental implants

The All-on-4™ technique secures a brand new set of teeth using four dental implants to provide a fixed, permanent solution to complex dental problems.

For full mouth reconstructions using dental implants and the All-on-4 technique, four dental implants are placed strategically into the jaw so that they can support an entire arch of 12 teeth. For people suffering from ill-fitting dentures, chronic gum disease, or very little healthy tooth structure remaining, All-on-4 treatment can place a full set of strong, functional and beautiful teeth in just a few days. Using All-on-4 dental implants instead of traditional dentures to replace a set of teeth can prevent bone loss, facial collapse, and denture problems. They look, function and feel like natural teeth and do not cover the palate.

This immediate loading is only possible due to the shared and even loading of the four implants. The implants are placed strategically to provide maximum strength, anchorage, and an even bite. If a tooth or multiple teeth have been missing for a long time, then the bone loss will have already occurred, and the bone in the proposed implant site may already be missing. The level of your bone and eligibility for dental implants is determined by a 3D bone scan and oral exam. If dental implants are not a suitable treatment or simply not possible, then alternative options such as porcelain bridges or partial/full dentures can be considered.

What can go wrong with dental implants?

Dental implant and all-on-4 surgeries are highly complex procedures and any decision to go ahead with such treatment should be researched and looked into very carefully.

It is no secret that with any surgery there is always risks and for some people a new smile or replacing teeth can turn into a bad experience meaning they don’t get the results they expected. When researching any medical procedure, it is important to understand that different practitioners have different areas of focus. Dr Adrian has been performing implant and all-on-4 surgeries for almost 20 years and has a proven track record of successful cases. No matter what your dental goals, the team will have treated patients just like you before and they will be able to go over all the pros and cons of surgery as well as the sort of results you can expect.

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