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A Single Tooth (or more) Replaced

A single implant is, in simplest terms, the replacement of one tooth with an artificial tooth which consists of an implant (artificial root), an abutment (connecting portion) and a crown (portion of the tooth above the gumline). The procedure or type of surgery used to place a single implant could be conventional, computer-guided or immediate.

Computer Guided Single Dental Implant

A Computer-guided implant is an implant that is placed with the use of a dental implant surgical guide. This allows the procedure to be completed without the use of a large “flap” of tissue being elevated (gums cut & lifted off bone).

The use of a computer-guided dental implant process with a dental implant surgical guide results in:

  • more precision
  • less invasive
  • less risk of infection
  • less pain
  • less swelling
  • virtually no bleeding or bruising
  • virtually no “down time” (away from your work or play).

The surgical guide is fabricated using a 3DCone Beam CT image and computerized “virtual” planning.

All Upper or All Lower Teeth Replaced

Full Arch Solutions

Full-arch reconstruction is when all the teeth are removed on the lower jaw, the upper jaw, or both. Four to six implants are placed in each jaw and a fixed bridge is then fabricated and attached to these implants. This is known as an “All-on-4” or “All-on-6” procedure. The usual dental implant restoration in these types of cases is a retrievable dental implant bridge. “Retrievable” can be removed by the dentist, if necessary (for cleaning & maintenance), but is a fixed restoration as far as the patient is concerned.

In cases where all teeth in an arch (all upper teeth or all lower teeth) are lost, the full-arch dental implant supported bridge solution is the best that we have today in terms of most closely duplicating the function and stability of your natural teeth.

The process of removing all remaining natural teeth (if necessary), placing dental implants and fabricating a fixed full-arch dental implant bridge in a single appointment is called “Teeth-in-a-day”™.

All-on-6

The “All-on-6” procedure is designed as a permanent solution for the complete replacement of failing or missing teeth in the upper and/or lower jaws. This procedure uses 6 (or more) implants instead of similar procedures utilizing only 4 implants (“All-on-4”).

In our experience, there are many patients for whom a bridge by 6 (or more) implants is better suited and has a better long-term prognosis than a bridge that is supported by 4 implants. For example, patients with a heavier bite or who want to chew tougher foods, who have a larger jaw (greater distance between implants), or who have clenching or grinding habits usually require additional implants and a stronger final restoration.

In cases like this, we will often recommend an “All-on-6” solution and a sturdier final bridge (Zirconia instead of the typical Acyrlic)

All-on-4

What is the All-on-4® treatment concept?

The All-on-4® treatment concept is a cost-efficient solution that provides patients with a fixed full-arch prosthesis on the day of surgery.

Characteristics include:

  • Full-arch rehabilitation with only four implants
    Two straight anterior implants and two implants tilted up to 45º in the posterior
  • Immediate Function (fixed provisional bridge)
    For patients meeting criteria for immediate loading of implants
  • “Graftless” procedure
    Bone grafting into areas such as the sinuses is avoided by tilting the posterior implants to allow the placement of longer implants and utilizing available bone.

Teeth-In-A-Day

At Vitality Dentistry, we offer a fully customized “teeth in a day” solution.

Our process allows you to come in for your treatment, and a few hours later, leave with your new fully fixed dental implant supported bridges.

Implant-Supported Dentures

A less involved option involves placement of two implants that are used to secure a complete denture. While it increases the stability of the denture greatly, the denture is still largely supported by the gums, and therefore not all foods can be eaten comfortably.

During your personalized consultation, we will review each option that is applicable to your situation and help you to choose the option that is best for you!

Immediate Implants

Immediate Implants – This term refers to the process of removing a tooth and placing a dental implant in the same visit

An “immediate implant” means that the implant is placed at the same time that the tooth is removed. An immediate implant can be placed using a conventional approach or using computer-guided technology.

We feature precise and least invasive computer-guided dental implants for all Dental Implant Solutions!!