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All-on-x Implants is a revolutionary new technique whereby a whole arch of failing teeth is replaced with dental implants in a single visit.

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The teeth (If present) are removed, implants placed and high-quality fixed temporary teeth are fitted, all within the same appointment! All on four can also be carried out for patients who have previously lost their own teeth and currently wear dentures. The temporary teeth are fixed so patients can be free from their dentures on the day of implant placement. Once the healing period is completed and the implants have integrated with the bone, a high-quality, durable permanent titanium fixed bridge is fitted.

This treatment can offer patients a full arch or both arches of fixed replacement teeth. The placement of four to six dental implants at strategic positions and angles provide the foundation upon which a fixed ten tooth bridge can be placed.

For those patients who have suffered ill-fitting dentures or mobile, failing teeth for years, the provision of stable, comfortable, natural-looking teeth through dental implants really can restore that self-confidence and vitality that has often been lost.

Advantages of Implants

  • Implants stay firmly in place unlike ill-fitting dentures which can have a tendency to move around
  • Implants help protect the jawbone by keeping it stimulated and they prevent existing teeth from drifting
  • They eliminate the speaking and chewing problems that may be caused by missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures
  • They can provide a significant boost to your confidence by restoring your smile

All-on-x Information

What are All-on-x Dental Implants?

  • This usually involves the placement of 4 dental implants in to the jaw bone under local anaesthetic.
  • An acrylic bridge, which has teeth and gum is then placed over the implants.
  • The implants and your new teeth are then held in place using retaining screws made out of titanium.
  • These full mouth implants initially come with a temporary dental bridge which is attached within the same day of treatment – allowing you to leave us with an authentic smile where nobody else will be wiser.
  • After around 6 months your permanent bridge will be fixed. This allows enough time for the bone and implants to fuse together and for your mouth to fully heal.

Important to know

  • We carry out diagnostics and deem suitability for all of our patients who are considering dental implants and will give you the best possible professional advice.
  • Everybody is different and therefore we may recommend between 4-6 implants in order to support your permanent bridge, we will discuss this with you in your initial consultation.
  • Some patients will require a bone graft procedure in order to securely hold their implants, you may be unsuitable to have your temporary implants on the day of your visit if this is the case but we would discuss this with you before we started any treatment.

Who can benefit from All-on-x Dental Implants?

  1. Are you faced with a loose/failing teeth, due to gum disease or failing bridgework, whose only other option is to wear dentures.
  2. Are unable to have gaps in their smile during implant treatment.
  3. Currently wear upper and/or lower dentures.
  4. Are unable to tolerate dentures.
  5. Suffer from low self-confidence due to movement of dentures whilst talking or eating.
  6. Feel limited with foods they can easily chew.
  7. Those that have been told that they require bone augmentation: All on X techniques can usually eliminate the need for this.

How does the All-on-x dental implant technique differ from dentures?

  • The All-on-x dental implant technique gives patients the fixed (non-removable) teeth that they are after and because of this, they:
  • Are easy to clean and maintained similarly to natural teeth. They do not need to be removed after meals or at night-time and so do not interfere with day to day life.
  • They allow you to bite down as close to a natural bite as possible, allowing you to once again enjoy your food – something that ill-fitting dentures hindered.
  • They restore your confidence. You do not need to worry about anything falling out or moving around. The implants are fixed and secured.
  • The implants don’t rely on the gums to hold them in place like a denture does, and therefore the likeness of irritation, inflammation and the development of sores in the mouth is reduced massively.
  • Implants can help to stop the progression of bone loss. As a result of this, you will not find yourself having to have your bridgework remade in a few years’ time due to your jaw bone changing shape.
  • The need for constantly buying cleaning products such as soaking solutions and fixatives for your dentures is removed. In addition to this you will not have to spend time trying to constantly keep your dentures clean.
  • The All-on-x bridge is much more slender than a traditional bridge or acrylic denture. As a result of this, it will not extend over the roof of your mouth causing a gag reflex – making it much more comfortable for you to wear.

What is the difference between the All-on-x and conventional dental implant techniques?

The All-on-x technique is a breakthrough in the world of fixed prosthodontics as it allows our highly-qualified team of dental implant professionals to achieve unbeatable results. The key differences between the All-on-x system and the more aged technique of traditional dental implants are as follows:

  • The All-on-x system only needs four dental implants to be placed in to the jaw bone in order to provide patients with a whole set of new teeth. The older dental implant techniques could require any from 6 to 10 implants to be placed in to the jaw bone in order to restore the patients smile! This means that for some patients they could need as many as
  • The All-on-x typically only requires a single surgery to give patients new teeth. With only four dental implants needed per jaw, full arch replacement can quite easily and safely be completed within the space of a single procedure. Older techniques could see a patient coming in for treatment for up to 18 months, as the greater number of implants and “necessary” bone grafting would have to be performed in sessions. This means lengthier treatment, greater discomfort, multiple recovery periods, more time off from work, inconvenience and, of course, expense!
  • The All-on-x typically avoids the need for bone grafting surgery. The oral diseases that cause tooth loss can also deteriorate jawbone health. This combined with atrophy (caused by the loss of functional stimulation of the jawbone via the tooth roots) used to necessitate the augmentation of the jawbone before the surgeon could even consider treatment using dental implants. However, owing to the strategic arrangement of implants utilizing the All-on-x technique, we can almost always find enough support from the existing bone volume for a new set of teeth to be placed. This saves patients significant discomfort, money and time AND it almost always enables patients to receive new and immediately functional teeth in as little as a single day.

What is the success rate of the All-on-x procedure? What influences failure?

  • The All-on-x has an extremely high success rate over 10 years, which means that almost all patients who have received treatment will still be enjoying their new teeth after a period of 10 years. Here at J&R DENTAL, we perform the All-on-x The J&R DENTAL Way – the way it was researched and innovated – while making use of only the highest quality prosthetic and dental implant products. As such, like them, we enjoy an incredible success rate in treating patients who have lost most or all of their teeth.
  • There are a handful of factors that may lead to implant failure, but luckily, most of these are in the hands of the patient. Smoking, heavy drinking and not following postoperative instructions or dietary restrictions can significantly affect the chances of success. There are also certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, that can affect the success and lifespan of your All-on-x implants; however, all of these risk factors will be discussed in detail with you at the time of your consultation.

How much time should I take off from work?

We typically recommend that you take a few days off to relax and see your recovery off to as good a start as possible. Having said this, many patients return to work the very day after the surgery! It all depends on your schedule, your constitution and how strong you feel.

Is the All-on-x procedure painful?

The use of sedative medications and local anaesthetics ensure that you are kept entirely comfortable and pain and anxiety-free during the All-on-x procedure. As with any surgery, you can expect some post-operative discomfort, but we will send you home with prescription analgesics (pain-killers) to help manage this. In any case, this discomfort is typically minimal and seldom persists for more than a few days.

Will I need to return to J&R DENTAL after the procedure?

Yes. We do require that you return to us between 10 and 14 days after your surgery so that we can make sure your implants are healing well and that there are no signs of infection or complications. We may also clean and reattach your temporary bridge. In a consequential appointment, after your implants have fully bonded to the bone, you will receive your customized final bridge. Thereafter, you need only come to J&R DENTAL or your dentist for the standard scheduled professional cleanings and check-ups.