All-on-4 Dental Implants
The All-on-4 dental implant procedure is actually quite an old innovation and has been around since the 1980s. However, it is only since the original concept was put together with modern advances in scanning technology and more effective implants, that the real benefits have been seen by patients and dentists around the world.
What is All-on-4 treatment?
The basic principle of the All-on-4 system is similar to many other dental implant systems currently in use. The main difference is that only four implants are required cutting down the amount of surgery needed to fit them and the number of screws to hold the teeth in place. By angling the implants in a certain way – the implants at the back of the mouth are placed at an angle of 45 degrees – the All-on-4 system provides a secure base for a full arch of lower or upper teeth. This results in a hold that is just as secure as each section being secured by its own implant.
What are the advantages of All-on-4 treatment?
- There is of course the need for fewer dental implants.
- One other major advantage is that modern scanning technology, such as detailed CAT scans, can enable implants to be produced ahead of the fitting appointment, which lessens the number of sessions in the chair.
- If you are a suitable candidate for implants with no need for a bone graft, then you could have the implants and your new teeth fitted in one appointment.
What does All-on-4 treatment involve?
- After an initial examination and essential preparation stages, the implants will be placed through safe, clinical treatment.
- The two implants at the front of the mouth are placed at the angle of 90 degrees, while the two implants toward the back of the mouth are placed at 45 degree angles. It is this subtle technique which makes All-on-4 such an effective treatment for missing teeth.
- Then, a new impression will be taken of the mouth so that their permanent teeth can be manufactured.
Am I a suitable candidate?
In some cases, dental implants can fail and this is usually when there is insufficient bone to anchor the screw. This is why it is important to X-ray the jaw and check on the suitability of the bone. If necessary, a bone graft can be carried out to ensure both the lower and upper jaws are strong enough for the titanium screws. The dentist will be able to inform you after proper examination if you are a suitable candidate.
We employ the best materials for our implant and tooth restorations, to ensure the rejuvenated smiles of our patients are healthy and beautiful.