Dental implants have given dentists the ability to easily replace missing teeth to restore smiles to their natural appearance. For those needing more extensive tooth replacement, dentures have been the traditional option. Traditional dentures come with many compromises. These include poor fit, oral sores from ill fitting dentures, along with decreased ability to enjoy our favorite foods. Luckily, newer techniques have been developed that can remove those compromises and give you a natural looking and feeling smile. This newer technique is called all on 4 dental implants or all on 4 dentures. This technique allows for 4 dental implants to be placed in strategic locations to give support and stability to a denture.
All On 4 Dental Implant Procedure Explained
The All on 4 Dental Implants procedure was developed in the 1990′s by researchers at dental implant manufacturer Nobel Biocare. The all on 4 dental implants system has allowed for many patients who were not good candidates previously to suddenly have options for a fixed denture.
The All on 4 Dental Implants technique uses four (4) specially designed dental implants on the upper or lower or both. The dental implants towards the back are placed on an angle to take optimal advantage of the patient’s existing bone structure. These specially designed dental implants have the ability to support the immediate fitting of replacement teeth. This treatment is attractive to those unhappy with wearing a removable denture or those in need of full upper and/or lower restorations. With the All on 4 dental implants procedure, qualified patients receive just four dental implants and a full set of new upper or lower replacement teeth in just one appointment. This can usually be done without the need for dental bone grafts. The real attraction to the all on 4 dental implants procedure is how quickly permanent dental implants can be placed. This allows patients the ability to leave the same day with a denture that is fixed in place and stabilized by the dental implants.
Traditionally, the approach to restoring a full arch of teeth (either upper or lower) usually involved dental bone grafts, six or more dental implants, and as much as 18 months of treatment. In that time, the patient would be wearing an interim denture while the dental bone grafts and dental implants heal and integrate into the bone. This can be very expensive, time consuming, and uncomfortable for a patient to continuously go back for treatment.
Benefits Of All On 4 Dental Implants
-Proven Procedure. The All On 4 Dental Implants procedure is more than a decade old with over a 98% success rate.
-Immediate Results. Patients experience a dramatic improvement in chewing ability, teeth stability and overall comfort immediately. Since the dentures are placed the same day as the dental implants, the benefits are almost immediate.
-Stability. Unlike traditional dentures, All-on-4 dentures supported by dental implants are not removable by the patient. Because they are secured by implants, they fit more securely and do not have the ability to shift around in the mouth like traditional dentures.
-Improve Cosmetic Appearance. Ability to restore your facial features and remove some wrinkles around the mouth.
-Minimal Recovery Time. The procedure generally requires minimal recovery time.
-Convenience. The All on 4 dental implants technique can usually be completed in a minimum of two visits. You will leave the office with a beautiful new smile on the same day!
-Ability To Enjoy All Foods. All-on-4 dentures restores full chewing functioning, so your diet is no longer limited by impaired chewing. An all on 4 denture will increase biting force by as much as 70% or more over a traditional removable denture.
-Maintain Existing Bone Levels. Dental implants help prevent further bone loss.
-Increased Confidence. Missing teeth can detract from a person’s self-confidence. In addition to improved quality of life, many patients find that restoring the aesthetics of their smile improves their self-esteem and makes them less self-conscious. You will have greater comfort and confidence when smiling, speaking, and eating. You will look better. You will feel better.
-Denture Adhesives Not Needed To Keep Denture In Place.
The All on 4 denture procedure can restore the quality of life for many. If you are unhappy with your current denture or think you might be a candidate, see your dentist for a thorough evaluation. This first step could lead to a new smile and new possibilities in life.