What is The All-On-4® Treatment Concept?
All-On-4® is an implant treatment technique that utilizes four dental implants to support a fixed full arch restoration. Dental implants are small titanium screws that act as the root component of a tooth. Because they are made from titanium, they have the ability to fuse with the existing bone and prevent further bone deterioration that results from missing teeth. Tradition full arch restorations require up to six implants, while All-On-4® lives up to its name. Fewer implants allow us to reduce the procedure and recovery time, as well as your level of discomfort. All-On-4® is an ideal option for candidates that have not experienced significant bone deterioration in the jaw. Otherwise, we will need to perform a bone graft, which can lengthen the process and lead to further complications. Before All-On-4® was an established technique, many implant-supported dentures required a bone graft.
Procedure For All-On-4®
The first step requires a significant amount of preparation. During your consultation visit, we will need to take i-CAT scans, photographs, and perform an oral exam to help us determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. Afterward, we can use this information to help us create the initial models for your restoration. If you are eligible to receive a temporary prosthesis, we will fabricate one. Your permanent All-On-4® restoration will be created at a later time.
On the day of the procedure, you will be placed under full sedation. We will need to perform minor surgery on your gums to remove any remaining teeth and place each implant. The implants are placed at a precise angle, which provides support and allows them to heal and fuse properly. Once the implants have been placed, you may be given a temporary prosthesis. The prosthesis rests on your gums and protects the incision sites. In many cases, you can walk out of the office with a new smile the same day as your procedure.
After the healing process is complete, you will need to return for a final visit. We will remove the prosthesis and place your final restoration. You can treat it as you would your natural teeth. Maintain proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing twice daily.
Benefits of All-On-4®
There are many benefits to All-On-4®. The recovery time is significantly reduced as compared to other restoration processes. You will not need to worry about your restoration shifting or loosening, unlike traditional dentures. They are more comfortable than traditional dentures because they do not rest on the gums and aren’t as bulky. They also allow for a greater bite force. Bone grafts are usually not needed for the procedure so that you can expect only one surgery. Implant failure is highly unlikely, and the All-On-4® technique has a proven track record since 1998. Esthetics has also greatly improved. We use highly realistic materials that allow us to customize every detail, making All-On-4® much more discrete than other restorations.
Contact Us About All-On-4®
All-On-4® is the industry leading form of full arch restoration. If you have any questions, or you would like to schedule a consultation visit, call us today at (844) 281-6446.