All-on-4 dental implants offer edentulous patients a unique opportunity to re-capture some of the form and functionality of their natural smiles. With this treatment method, patients gain replacements of some of the tooth root structures in addition to the missing crowns.
An oral surgeon using the All-on-4 method will place four dental implants in the jaw, and those implants then hold a prosthetic arch of teeth in place. In the past, patients who wanted to use dental implants to secure dentures had to get six or eight of the devices placed. This ruled out patients who had already experienced some bone loss, as they would not have sufficient jaw material to support the osseointegration process.
Although it relies on fewer dental implants, All-on-4 appears to be a highly successful approach, as well. According to some studies, this treatment option is effective in as many as 98 percent of cases. The technique has been fine-tuned to result in consistently positive outcomes.
Because All-on-4 requires just four implants, it’s more accessible to a larger pool of potential candidates. The implants are placed at the front of the jaw, where jawbone erosion takes place at a slower pace. Even long-term denture wearers are likely to qualify for All-on-4 implants. In the past, this population might have needed to undergo a preliminary bone graft surgery before getting dental implants.
The All-on-4 technique is not only effective, it’s quick! Some patients can leave the surgery appointment with their full set of replacement teeth in just a matter of hours.
All-on-4 implants come with all of the advantages associated with dental implants. They can last for decades and work in a fashion very similar to natural teeth.
Patients who choose All-on-4 dental implants benefit from a level of durability and attractiveness that is unmatched by a conventional denture, and even people with extensive bone loss can choose this treatment option. If you need to replace an arch (or both arches) of missing teeth, consider All-on-4 implants for a high likelihood of a good outcome.
Contact our skilled and dedicated team of oral surgeons to learn if All-On-4 is the right solution for you.