Dental implants are an increasingly popular solution to replacing a missing tooth, offering the highest level of function and aesthetic as well as preventing jawbone loss. Whilst dentures are a removable solution to missing teeth, dentures are surgically placed into the jawbone and a restoration is bonded over the top (a crown or a bridge).
The All-On-4 concept first came into prominence 1998 when Dr Paulo Malo successfully treated the first ever patient with All-On-4. The treatment uses 4 or 6 titled implants to restore a whole smile.
The Benefits of All-On-4
Rapid improvement in quality of life – You will have a full-arch prosthesis on the day of surgery, leading to improved patient satisfaction where function, aesthetic, speech and self-esteem are concerned.
Shorter treatment times – tilting the posterior implants eliminates the need for bone grafting procedures.
Lower costs – conventional implant placement can be expensive but as All-On-4 uses less implants to secure a bridge, costs are brought down.
Dental implants have a success rate of 94.8% after 10 years, making them a highly effective and long-term solution.
Dental implants VS Dentures
As mentioned above, dental implants are a fixed solution, as opposed to dentures which are removable. The fixed nature of dental implants is what sets them apart from dentures. When an implant is placed, it fuses with your jawbone and becomes a permanent part of your body – as they are made from titanium, a highly biocompatible material, the chances of rejection are extremely rare. Dental implants restore your tooth to 100%, allowing you to enjoy the foods you love which today is a big factor in treatment for many patients who increasingly have specific dietary requirements.
Some milestones associated with All-On-4 implants:
1998 – Dr Malo treats the first patient using the All-On-4 concept.
2004 – Nobel Biocare launches the All-On-4 implants concept to patients.
2015 – 34 clinical studies with 2000 patients.
2016 – more than 100,00 are treated with the All-On-4 concept.
If you are thinking about having All-On-4 treatment in 2019, contact us and our friendly reception team can answer your questions or arrange a consultation with one of our expert dentists.