With a global aging population, our team saw a gap in the provision of both an immediate and permanent solution for those patients who are time-poor, dental phobic or those with exceptionally high expectations of their edentulous solution.
After years of seeing the positives, along with the limitations, of the more traditional All-Teeth-On-4 protocol Australian Prosthodontist Dr Philip Tan set about to develop a revised treatment path with both the patient and dentist in mind. Utilising his clinical and digital skills, specialised surgical team and purpose-built digital dental laboratory Dr Tan was able to provide his patient base with another option – faster recovery, fewer appointments and a final restoration fitted immediately.
Let’s look at the fixed bridge options currently available. It’s important to understand the positives and negatives for each option as you move toward deciding on the right option for your situation.
Advantages: Each step is completed and checked before moving on to the next step. This is a good approach for patients where treatment has a high chance of failing. However, for most people, the long treatment time and multiple surgery sessions are unnecessary, painful and adds extra expense.
Disadvantages: Throughout steps 1-3 the patient is required to wear a temporary denture which can be challenging
Advantages: This process works well when there is enough bone accessibility and when there are no infections in critical locations. The patient may be in a position to preview the bridge prior to completion with this method.
Disadvantages: This process does not work well when the quality and quantity of bone is inadequate or when there are large infections present. There may also be a risk of the implants being moved or disrupted during the extra clinical steps required for this protocol. This may result in the implants not be in the place where they were originally intended causing issues when the implant-retained bridge is fitted into the mouth.
Advantages: This process works well for most healthy patients who have adequate bone and are without significant infection. It is a good option for those patients who have trouble with impressions or who are anxious about dental treatment or who are time-poor. The procedure is performed by a specialist-led team and offers the safety and security of the hospital setting.
Disadvantages: As with the previous protocol it may have limitations for those with significant bone loss or when there are large infections present.