All-On 4 Dental Implants
All-On 4 dental implants are a permanent denture alternative that may replace the upper and lower arches of the mouth. The implant is more cost-effective than singular implants and has an easier recovery process.
All-On 4 Implant Procedure
During the All-On 4 implant procedure, the dentist will insert posterior implants, tilted at 45 degrees to avoid invasive bone grafting. Then, the device is placed on top of the rods and snaps securely and tightly in place. Patients are usually put under local anesthesia.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Patients with severe tooth decay, badly damaged teeth, and gum disease may benefit from All-On 4 dental implants. Additionally, patients who need a full arch replacement due to oral health complications are also great candidates for All-On 4 implants.
Patients with significant bone loss may also receive the implant replacement since the procedure only requires a small amount of bone to support the restoration.
Most candidates for traditional dentures can also be treated with All-On 4.
What Are the Benefits of All-On 4 Implants?
Some of the advantages to All-On 4 dental implants include:
Flexibility with food: Unlike dentures, All-On 4 implants allow you to bite with more force since the jaw bone is absorbing the pressure instead of the gums.
Invasiveness: The implant procedure does not require bone grafting.
Appearance: Patients report that their All-On 4 implants appear natural.
Stability: Unlike dentures, All-On 4 implants do not slip or slide around the mouth. The implant is only removed periodically for cleaning, or by a dentist.
Comfort: The implant does not interfere with the gums and does not cause inflammation. Generally, the implant is comfortable.
Restoration: If your implant needs fixing, the patient simply removes the implant from their mouth. The dentist does not have to perform any procedure inside the patient’s mouth since the implant is removable.
How Long Will the Implant Last?
The implant rods are permanent, so they should not need a replacement. The prosthetic implant, however, should last around 10-15 years if it is properly taken care of. Patients should regularly clean the implant, and make proper visits to the dentist each year.