My friends at uni used to joke around that I thought an implant was the solution to every kind of dental problem. But in every joke there is always a little bit of truth. I certainly spent the majority of my undergraduate years following research on implants as I refused to accept dentures being humane in any way. I remember my grandmother had dentures. She used to fall asleep in front of the TV, and as her mouth opened, her denture fell down. This used to horrify me as a child. Imprinted in my mind, finding an alternative became a driving force that shaped my career.
I am involved with clinicians, technicians, anaesthetists, nurses, treatment coordinators and back-end staff who, apart from excelling in their area of practice through passion and dedication, help change people’s lives every day. Noble as this may be, there is something selfish in what we do. When our patients look in the mirror after having their new teeth fitted, give us that smerk and tear up from disbelief, we get an intense sense of fulfillment. Their emotions transfer to the entire team, and it makes us realise that we have accomplished far more than simply improve our patients oral health and function.
The All-On-4 Clinic was founded on an underlying metaphor that ‘being able to smile and function with confidence should not be an exclusive privilege, but a basic human right’, and what we do must be predictable, reliable and accessible. Nevertheless, irrespective of advances in medical science there is often a fine line between achieving success with Dental Implants or the opposite. We strive to make a difference by setting the standard and delivering consistent results in a manner that is seemingly uncomplicated.
I was fortunate to meet Professor PI Branemark in Sweden some years ago. He discovered that the human body accepts Titanium as though it had been its own biologic substance, or what is today known as Osseointegration. He famously said ‘No one should die with their teeth sitting in a glass of water’. But if I may borrow from a friend, Mike Thompson , APAC Manager for Nobel Biocare, at the All-On-4 Clinic we also believe that ‘No one should LIVE with their teeth sitting in a glass of water’.