Achieving a great smile with dental implants
Updated: Mar 1
By Dr Andrew See
BDS Hons(Syd), FRACDS, MSc(Lond), PGDipDentImplantology, MFGDP(UK), FICOI
Thanks to advances in dentistry, dental implants are today considered the standard of care for many oral conditions, and the best alternative to natural teeth or dentures for many who have lost or are about to lose their teeth.
A dental implant is a small titanium fixture that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, when implants are placed in the upper or lower jaw, they fuse with the bone and thus serve as anchors for the replacement teeth.
The term 'all-on-4' refers to the replacement of all teeth on four dental implants which support them. It is a modern technique where the back implants are tilted 15 to 45 degrees to provide the required support for total rehabilitation. The tilting the back of implants helps overcome bone deficiencies often found in the back of the jaws and most often avoids the need for bone grafting. Since fewer implants are used than older, less advanced methods, there is little to compromise the achievement of optimal results. It also allows for simpler long-term maintenance and uncomplicated cleaning.
Implant supported replacement teeth are aimed to look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means you can eat and drink normally with renewed confidence.
Click here to watch a short video about how all-on-4 works and find out about our all-on-4 process from consultation through to the final prosthesis. If you're looking for options to replace single missing teeth, watch our short video to learn more about treatment options.
When choosing a Dentist for implant treatment, be sure to check qualifications, experience and portfolio. Dr Andrew See is one of Australia's leading implant dentists. He is a key opinion leader in the areas of Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. Please feel free to reach out to his Cosmetic and Implant Coordinator, Lucy See, on 02 9816 4885 or email email@example.com