1.  What is an implant?

When you miss natural teeth, you can place an artificial metal root (Titanium) into the jawbone. Crowns, bridges or dentures are fixed on top of the implants. Dental implants allow people to be able to smile, speak and chew comfortably again.



2.  Individual / Single implants

Single implants allow us to substitute missing teeth or teeth that cannot be saved. The traditional way to solve this problem is to reduce teeth and place a bridge. But thanks to dental implants, we can now replace missing teeth without touching the neighbour tooth. This treatment has an excellent aesthetic result.


3.  Bridge

This is a solution when you miss more than one tooth. In these cases, a fixed bridge on top of several implants is a very good alternative to conventional treatment.


- Excellent aesthetic
- No metal hooks
- Not removable
- No teeth reduction

When all teeth are missing:

If you have lost all your teeth in one or both jaws, you will have basically two treatment options:

1) A full denture
2) Implant treatment

In some cases full dentures are a reasonable solution, but when time goes by the bone resources and the denture does not fit like it used to do. There are also people that cannot tolerate a full denture because of psychological or social reasons. For those people implants are an alternative, because it gives you the feeling of having your own teeth back.


4.  Barr

This is a removable denture over a metal Barr that is fixed to the implants. This will retain the denture from the inside. As a rule you need 3 or 4 implants in the upper jaw and 2 or 3 implants in the lower jaw. This may off course vary on each patient.


5.  Complete denture over implants

A full acrylic denture over a metallic structure is fixed (screwed) to the implants. It is important to remind you that you cannot remove this acrylic denture yourself. Only a dentist with the right equipment can do so.

With this treatment we replace a full removable denture for a fixed denture with implants. In this case a minimum of 6 implants in the upper and 5 in the lower jaw is necessary.


6.  Individualized implants

This is the best alternative you can get if you have lost several or all your teeth. We replace every lost tooth by several implants. We can individualise them, like shape, colour, etc, so they look like real teeth coming out of the gums.
In this case a minimum of 8 implants in the upper and 8 in the lower jaw is necessary.


7.  NobelGuide™ or implants in one hour

NobelGuide™ is a revolutionary treatment planning and surgical implementation system. It is a fast and gentle treatment system resulting in beautiful teeth now. A computer simulation gives the dentist the tools to plan a minimal invasive surgery. This reduces the time and trauma for the patient. The NobelGuide™ concept is applicable on every patient indication, from a single missing tooth to partially or fully edentulous jaws. With NobelGuide™ you will know the position of the implants prior to surgery, necessary to create and deliver Beautiful Teeth Now™.
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8.  ALL-ON-4

This technique was first developed by Paul Malo. We place 4 implants and fix a denture onto it the same day of the surgery. So you leave the clinic with fixed teeth.
After 6-12 months you may change the denture to a more permanent one with a metal basis.


9.  Sinus lift

A sinus lift is done when there is not enough bone in the upper jaw in order to place dental implants. We add bone to this area in order to create bone for the implants. We lift the membrane of the sinus and fill it up.


10.  Bone distraction

When the bone is too thin, we can make it wider with certain instruments until the bone is wide enough to place the implant.


11.  Ridge augmentation

This is a procedure that we put bone where it is needed when there is not enough available. This can be either your own bone or artificial bone.