All-On-4 implants is a game-changing technique where a whole arch of teeth can be replaced with dental implants in just one visit.
All-on-4 is is the most efficient and cost-effective way of replacing missing teeth.
The main characteristics of All-on-4 implants are:
- Full-arch rehabilitation using only 4 implants.
- Immediate function
- No need for a bone graft – this is avoided by tilting the posterior implants, using available bone.
Who can benefit from All-on-4 implants?
- Patients who have gum disease or a failing bridge work and whose only alternative option is to wear dentures.
- Unable to have gaps in your smile during implant treatment.
- Unable to tolerate wearing dentures.
- Patients who feel limited about the types of foods they can chew.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants are the next best thing to a real tooth, as they are inserted into your gum, offering a permanent solution. Implants are a small titanium screw and a restoration such as a crown or a denture is placed on top via an abutment which is the connecting element locking the implant and the restoration together. They look and feel like natural teeth, as they fuse with your gum, becoming a permanent part of you, unlike dentures which are removable.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
- Improved speech.
- Enjoy the foods you love again.
- Healthier digestion as you are able to break foods down properly.
What makes the All-on-4 process successful?
- When your dentist places the implants into you jawbone, they need to remain immobile in order to promote the process of osseo-integration. If there is any force that can cause the minimum amount of impact on the implants during the early stages of the healing period, the integration process can become disrupted and cause an implant failure. With this in mind, a diet of soft foods is recommended – this means avoid hard and crunchy foods for the first 6-8 weeks of this stage.
- Your implants will be strategically placed in order to achieve the best support. Your teeth will be tightly connected and therefore your teeth will stabilise with your teeth. This can be likened to how a tabletop is held by legs which can be specifically angled for optimum support.