There was a time, a few decades ago, when people would reach a certain age, say about 50, and then have all their teeth extracted, no matter what state they were in, and replaced with dentures.
These days, the idea of dentures may be a grim prospect for many people who are faced with losing all their teeth to decay. Fortunately, in Oxfordshire, dental implants provide a comfortable, long-lasting and functional alternative to dentures.
In Oxfordshire, dental implants are the main focus of the Chipping Norton Dental Implant Centre. Here we offer a same day treatment to replace all the teeth on either upper or lower jaw. This dental implant treatment is known as All On 4, or Teeth Express.
Dental implants come in three parts. The first part is the implant itself, which is a titanium post that is inserted into special channels that have been drilled into the jawbone under local anaesthetic. Anxious patients can also receive sedation for this, although there is much less pain than other dental drilling treatments, due to the lower number of nerve endings in the jawbone.
For the All On 4 dental implant procedure, if you need any extractions, our implant surgeon, Dr Matthew Emmott, will remove your teeth before drilling channels for inserting your implants. You will receive between four and six implants for each arch.
You will then be fitted with a temporary acrylic bridge supporting between 12 and 14 artificial crowns, which you will wear during the healing process.
Healing takes between two and four months and, during this time, something rather miraculous will be going on under your gums. The titanium of the implants will be fusing with your bone tissue in a process called osseointegration. This fusion means that your jawbone will be able to hold the implants as securely as your natural teeth, giving you a stable base on which to chew, talk and laugh.
After osseointegration, you can return to Chipping Norton Dental Implant Centre to be fitted with your final restorations.
The cost for a full arch same-day restoration is £16,500.
If you would like to find out more about All On 4 dental implants in Oxfordshire, please contact us.