Dawood & Tanner are renowned for their 'All-on-4 technique' 'Teeth-in-a-Day' 'Same-Day-Smile' treatments with image guided surgery and in-house laboratories.
Our on-site laboratories, imaging, and other technical facilities enable this treatment to be efficient and straightforward.
This approach is sometimes called the 'All-on-4 technique', 'teeth-in-a-day' or 'same-day-smile'. It may be presented as a 'new' technique but this is actually a treatment we have been successfully carrying out in our practice for many years; we have treated several hundred patients in this way.
The technique may use four implants (sometimes described as the 'All-on-4’) if there is only space available for 4 implants, but we usually prefer five or six implants to support a fixed bridge replacing 10-12 teeth particularly in a younger patient.
The implants are often placed at the same time as failing teeth are removed, and a bridge is provided on the day of surgery.
In our practice this is a straightforward, routine, and predictable procedure, even for older patients, or for patients with very little bone, grafting is seldom required. We have been performing 'immediate' treatment of this kind for more than 15 years.
Our standard approach is to place the implants in the course of a surgery lasting just 30 -45 minutes. This treatment can be made even more comfortable for the patient by using a sophisticated Guided Surgery approach, in which implant positions are predetermined using 3D scanning and special software. Guided surgery allows us to prepare many aspects of the treatment in advance so that even complex surgery can often be completed in just 20-30 minutes or so, as the implants are quickly and precisely positioned with minimal surgery.
Later in the day a simple 'immediate' resin bridge is fitted made by our in-house laboratory from preparatory work made at previous appointments, either at our practice or with your own dentist. This temporary bridge is then replaced with a more robust definitive bridge some months later. Sometimes if there is sufficient space to make an extremely robust resin bridge, the resin bridge may be used for extended periods.
Our procedure usually consists of 2-3 implants that are positioned towards the front of the jaw. We place the back implants tilted to avoid the sinus in the upper jaw to avoid the nerve supply that runs to the lip in the lower jaw. The technique is extremely useful where there is only a little bone available, and often eliminates the need to carry out complex graft surgery. Though in instances where there is little bone, we have many options to avoid graft surgery.
As always, long term maintenance is exceptionally important!