Types of Dental Implant Solutions
Dental Implant Solutions
The Compleo Dental Implant Treatment Program provides the complete range of dental implant solutions including:
- “Teeth-in-a-day” procedures – implant placement and restoration in the same day.
- All-on-4 full arch dental implant bridges
- All-on-6 full arch dental implant bridges
- Computer-Guided dental implants
- Single tooth dental implants & dental implant crowns
- Immediate dental implants
- Dental implant bridges
- Implant retained / Implant supported dentures
- Full-arch implant-supported restorations.
The type of procedure that is best for you will be determined after an examination with a 3D CBCT Scan and Personal Consultation has been completed.
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.
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.
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.
Conventional implants are considerably more invasive than computer-guided implants. Conventional surgery requires that the dentist cut the gums (flap) and peel them back to expose the bone. This method then relies on the dentist’s experience and intuition for implant placement as they have to “free-hand” the position of the implant. Elevation of a gum flap also increases pain, swelling, bleeding, bruising and risk of secondary infection.
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”™.
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!