Full-arch dentistry – are you prepared?
With increased awareness around full-arch dentistry amongst today’s patients and implant clinicians alike, Dr Toheed Hamid addresses some of the challenges clinicians face when becoming involved in this treatment.
It’s estimated that 6% of the population (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) are edentulous (1). That’s 2.7 million people living without their natural teeth and experiencing a decreased quality of life. But as our aging ‘edentulous’ population evolves, so too will their expectations.
Attitudes towards edentulism, and satisfaction with conventional dentures, are being influenced by new trends, and soon won’t be enough to satisfy their lifestyles and aesthetic needs. Immediate load, full-arch rehabilitation is a one such trend, with high patient acceptance and long-term data showing excellent success at 99.2% (2). The challenge to maintaining these long-term success rates and patient satisfaction levels relies heavily on user experience, careful patient selection and skilled case planning.
Experienced implant clinicians for full-arch dentistry
Undertaking full-arch implant cases is not something for the newly qualified implant dentist to rush into. You would expect someone to consider getting involved in this treatment when they’re competent and placing 50-100 implants a year. It’s at this point, once they’ve had the experience of working on a high volume and variety of implant cases and become familiar with identifying and addressing potential complications, that full-arch becomes a natural progression and growth opportunity.
However, this number shouldn’t be a deterrent to the ambitious implant dentist, but instead act as a target to work towards before commencing full-arch training.
Finding the right partner to structure their implant education pathway and complementing this with the support of an experienced mentor is a must for any clinician looking to expand into full-arch dentistry. Training that focuses on developing their theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of the full-arch, immediate-load protocol and the teamwork required to predictably provide this treatment modality are essential course requirements.
- Simplicity in pre-surgical preparation
- Flexibility in treatment planning
- Clinical versatility
- Improved efficiency and organisation
- Stress-free procedures
Simply place one order, receive one box, and gain immediate access to an extensive surgical and restorative portfolio with everything you need for same-day full-arch treatment. You only need to use what you require and are only invoiced for what you use. So not only can you take the pain out of advanced surgery, but you can now reduce both your stock and stress levels too.
1 – Mather, H., Thomason, M. & Ellis, J. (2018) Are UK graduates equipped with the skill set required to meet the demands of the UK’s edentulous population? Br Dent J 225, 15–18
2 – Maló P., Rangert B., Nobre M., All-on-Four’ Immediate-Function Concept with Brånemark System Implants for Completely Edentulous Mandibles: A Retrospective Clinical Study. Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research. 2003;5: 2–9