Is the All-on-4 procedure new or experimental?

All-on-4 dental implants allow patients with extensive tooth loss to take advantage of the most advanced tooth replacement technology. This treatment technique uses just four dental implants to secure a prosthetic arch to the jaw.

Because the oral surgeon can treat the patient using just four dental implants, which are placed toward the front of the jaw, long-term denture wearers still can be candidates for All-on-4 even if they have already experienced significant jawbone atrophy at the rear of the jaw.

Before All-on-4 became available, patients would need as many as eight dental implants to support a denture. That often necessitated a preliminary bone graft to support the implants. That initial surgery would extend the treatment timeline, causing patients to wait longer for their new smiles.

The All-on-4 procedure is not new or experimental. It is widely used in cases of edentulous patients. All-on-4 first became available to U.S. patients several years ago, but European patients had been receiving the treatment for more than a decade before that.

Before patients could begin receiving this treatment, years of rigorous clinical research had to be conducted to demonstrate the intervention’s viability as well. Nobel Biocare, a dental implant manufacturer, was working with a dental implant specialist in the early 1990s to explore the All-on-4 procedure.

Keep in mind that dental implants, the base technology of All-on-4, also have been available to patients for a number of decades.

Of course, dental implant manufacturers are always working to improve the devices, and these advances are evident in the All-on-4 procedure, as well. Patients continue to benefit from enhanced devices and surgical techniques used in All-on-4.

If you have any concerns about the All-on-4 procedure, bring them up early in the process so that your oral surgeon can address them. Our oral surgeons may also be able to show you results from previous patients with cases similar to yours. This will give you the opportunity to see what All-on-4 may be able to achieve for you.

Contact any of our convenient locations to learn more about Dallas Oral Surgery Associates and the All-on-4 dental implant procedure today.