More than 240 million people are missing one or more teeth in North America, Europe and Japan. Approximately 4 million of these are so far treated with dental implants. In comparison approx 48 million are treated with conventional dentistry.

Being fully edentulous (no remaining teeth) in one or both jaws is a more common handicap than many realise. Research, documented studies and a long clinical history have proven the effectiveness and long lasting results of dental implants, especially as regards the physical benefits of osseointegration and bone preservation.

One of the most exciting advances in dental implantology today is the All-On-4 concept. This allows a full arch fixed bridge to be placed on just four implants. The back implants are tilted at an angle of 30-45 degrees, hence allowing maximum bone support.

This technique now allows us to place implants in patients with poor bone levels who would normally have required a bone graft prior to implant placement. Unusually for new advances, it is also more cost effective for the patient than a conventional full arch bridge.

At Cavendish House we have been involved in the evolution of this technique and we have helped to train oher implantologists to perform the All-On-4 procedure. One of our implantologists, Dr Stuart Ellis, has worked on the development of virtual reality treatment planning (using 3 dimensional computer CT scan images) for the All-On-4 technique, which enables very high precision implant placement, and hence greatly improved patient safety.

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