Dental implants are a well documented cost effective long term solution for missing teeth, and provide a solution to common dental problems. They tend to replace the root portion of a tooth with an implant of titanium. Dr Loukas using only a specific alloy that is a mixture of titanium and porcelain increasing the strength and reducing the metal presence. The implant is fixed to the jaw that has been properly prepared and the new restoration after adjusted to fully restore the functioning of the tooth or multiple teeth. This is a traditional method of implant treatment.
Treatment on four implants especially in lower arch can be provided to patients in UK , which allow a arch of new teeth to be based on four implants. The treatment is recommended for patients with anatomic limitations and with over denture’s contraindications. The implants are placed in precise angles to provide optimum support for the arch and complete stability of the fixed prosthetic work. In mandibular This technique is used for many years. In maxilla we prefer to use at least 5 implants to get a good support for a short arch.
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Before initial treatment, made an appointment with Dr Loukas. The meeting gives you the opportunity to ask your surgeon any questions and find out if you can treat yourself with this method. Dr Loukas then will perform some tests to decide if you need to extract a tooth prior to implant placement. If you are successful candidate for implants, then we will explain how the treatment is working and he will prepare a letter and a draft of the appointments. Arrangements will be made for the treatment day. A CBCT x-ray for this type of cases in necessary. Preparation of the provisional teeth will start prior the treatment day.
The application process includes placing the implants at specific angles, with the two posterior implants to be placed at 45 degrees, avoiding the anatomic limitstion and at the same time provide a good restorative position. The location of the implants are designed so as to provide better support and retain and facilitate the healing process.
When implants are placed, they can connect with specific abutments the provisional fixed bridge. The abutments are small devices that connect the implants to the new bridge. Usually the provisional teeth are acrylic. Dr Loukas prefer the final teeth to be porcelain and not acrylic for his patients.
Once the provisional fixed implant bridge has been fitted, you will be asked to arrange regular appointments so Dr Loukas will be able to monitor the progress of the healing. After around 3-6 months the healing implant osseointegration will be completely, and the permanent restorations can be applied.
What differs this method of treatment compared to conventional dental implants;
The “All on 4 implants” are unlike traditional implants because the 4 implants support the entire dental arch, when it usually takes about 6-10 implants to support a bridge. The four implants are capable of supporting an arch because of the angles with which the implants are placed, to the rear at 45 degrees which helps to lock together the implants. As needed only four implants, the process is faster and less invasive. The cost is significant lower. Dr Loukas suggest 4 implants on the lower jaw and 5 to 6 implants for the upper jaw if a patients want a fixed restoration.