Protocols aimed at further reducing the invasiveness of surgery are being adopted in all branches of surgery.
Our Dental Clinic can boast of developments over the last ten years in our non-invasive surgical techniques, which are to a certain extent, unique and innovative.
Results obtained both in post-operative comfort and aesthetics-function long-term have been so encouraging that Dr. Villa has concentrated all his efforts on improving this type of surgery.
Minimally invasive surgery in implantology means that the gum flap is kept to a minimum. This leaves vascular tissue intact, which is fundamental for the healing process and avoids the bone alveolar being exposed and reabsorbed. Post-surgical healing is less traumatic and faster, there are no scars or anti-aesthetic receding gums as the body’s natural healing process comes into play. Moreover, this method, which is extremely preservative in its approach, allows patients suffering from diabetes, heart trouble, on anti-coagulants or bisphosphonates to be treated, as there is a reduced risk of post-operative haemorrhaging and bone infection.
In the recent past, regenerative techniques, which required several operations without always guaranteeing excellent results, have fallen from favour and the “ All-on-4®“ technique has become more popular.
“All-on-4®” means the rehabilitation with immediate loading of a whole dental arch using only four implants, the rear 2 of which aretilted in order to get the maximum use of the bone in the frontal area.
This technique is only suited to the rehabilitation of a whole dental arch and it requires neither complex regenerative technique nor bone graft but it is by definition a non-palate denture fixed onto implants, with the teeth issuing from an artificial gum. This protocol, supported by computer-guided surgical planning, is the one our Clinic uses with patients who already wear full dentures.
In patients with teeth to be extracted, the “All-on-4®” is considered to be a very invasive technique in that it requires the removal of part of the residual bone to make space for the artificial gum. In cases like these Dr Villla has developed his own protocols for non-invasive surgery with immediate loading. Using a limited number of implants (4 in the upper jaw and 5 in the lower) he has obtained results which have brought our Clinic to the forefront as regards good aesthetics and function of implant rehabilitation, in that the teeth issue from the patient’s own gums.