“All-on-4” dental implants, also known as “full-arch implant-supported dentures,” are a specific type of dental implant treatment designed to replace a full arch of missing teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. The technique is named “All-on-4” because it typically involves the placement of four dental implants to support a fixed denture or bridge.
Here’s how the All-on-4 procedure works:
Evaluation and Planning
Your dentist or oral surgeon will conduct a comprehensive examination, including X-rays, 3D scans, and possibly impressions of your mouth. This evaluation helps determine the condition of your jawbone, the position of nerves and sinuses, and the best treatment plan for your specific case.
Dental Implant Placement
During the surgical procedure, four dental implants are strategically placed in the jawbone. The two implants in the back are typically inserted at an angle to maximize bone support and avoid anatomical structures. This angulation helps provide stability and avoids the need for bone grafting in many cases.
After the implants are placed, a temporary denture or bridge is attached to the implants on the same day. This temporary restoration allows you to have functional teeth while your implants heal and integrate with the jawbone.
Over the next few months, the dental implants undergo a process called osseointegration, during which they fuse with the surrounding bone. This integration provides a strong foundation for the final restoration.
Once the implants have fully integrated, the temporary restoration is replaced with a permanent, custom-made denture or bridge. The final restoration is typically made from high-quality materials that closely resemble natural teeth and gums, providing a functional and aesthetic solution.
Advantages of All on 4 Dental Implants
New Chapter Full Arch Dental Implant Solution (All-on-4) offer several advantages:
- Efficient Treatment: The All-on-4 technique often allows for the placement of dental implants and the delivery of a temporary restoration on the same day. This means you can leave the dental office with a functional set of teeth.
- Fewer Implants: Compared to traditional dental implant treatments, which may require more implants per arch, the All-on-4 technique uses fewer implants. This can reduce the need for additional procedures, such as bone grafting, in cases where there is insufficient bone volume.
- Enhanced Stability: By angling the posterior implants, the All-on-4 technique maximizes contact with the available bone, providing excellent stability for the full arch restoration.
It’s important to note that the All-on-4 treatment may not be suitable for everyone. Factors such as overall oral health, jawbone condition, and individual considerations need to be assessed by a dental professional to determine the best treatment option for each case.
If you’re considering All-on-4 dental implants, it’s recommended to consult with a qualified dentist or oral surgeon who can evaluate your specific needs and guide you through the process.
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