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Smile in a Day Treatment – It Does Exactly What it Says

Posted on 13.06.2014 by perfectsmile

Dental implant treatment has long been recognised as being the quickest, most convenient and most effective means of treating a missing or damaged tooth. The tooth in question would be removed, if it hadn’t already fallen out, and a small titanium pin would be attached to the jaw in the spot where the gap had to be filled. Over time this pin would actually become organically attached to the bone of the jaw, making it a permanent part of the body, and thus as stable and strong as the original root itself. Once this process had taken place, an artificial tooth could be attached to the pin, making a perfect match for the rest of the patient’s teeth, as well as the one being replaced. Sometimes, however, particularly in the case of older patients, it can be a whole row of teeth which needs replacing. In the past, this would have meant being fitted for dentures or perhaps having a bridge attached to the other teeth. Neither of these represented an ideal solution, however; dentures could slip and become loose, particularly over time, as well as limiting the food which the patient was able to eat. The same was true of a bridge, and fitting a bridge also meant using the teeth on either side to anchor it in place, a process which involved working on and drilling into perfectly healthy enamel. The latest implant technique, however, known as ‘all on 4 implants’ manages to get round both of these problems by mounting a full row on teeth onto four strategically placed implant pins in a manner which offers an attractive and permanent solution. All on 4 implants have one more advantage over both traditional implants and dentures or bridges, and that’s the fact that the full treatment can be performed in a single visit to the surgery. Dentists call it smile in a day treatment and, for once, this is not some piece of marketing exaggeration. Patients can genuinely walk into the surgery with a row, or two rows, of teeth which desperately need replacing, and walk out a mere few hours later flashing the smile they’ve always dreamed of. The treatment can be broken down into four stages: 1. Your dentist will decide if you are suitable for all on 4 treatment. This may involve scanning and mapping your jaw to make sure it is healthy enough to hold the implants. 2. On the day of the surgery itself any failing teeth or infection will be removed, and the 4 implant pins will be placed in positions strategically chosen to offer the most support whilst avoiding damaging any nerves. The top and bottom jaw can be treated simultaneously, using either local or general anaesthetic, and when the pins have been placed a set of composite veneer teeth will be attached. 3. Over the next three months the pins will permanently attach to your jaw as you enjoy flashing your new smile and eating and drinking as you wish. 4. At the end of this time, you’ll return to the dentist to have the final bridge permanently attached. This bridge will be constructed from either ultra-strong lightweight carbon fibre or titanium. The Benefits of All on 4

  • It’s fast – treatment takes place over a single appointment
  • It’s convenient – the lack of a healing period means that, upon having the treatment, you can get on with living your life as if nothing happened
  • It’s permanent – looked after in the right way, implants will last as long as natural teeth
  • It’s custom made – the final set of teeth will be created especially for you, to give you the straight, white and even smile you’ve always wanted.
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