People who have lost or about to lose all their teeth are often concerned about a myriad of issues, ranging from the ability to chew to self-esteem. The All-on-4® treatment concept is an innovative and novel treatment solution designed to help these individuals regain their normal oral function and appearance in the shortest amount of time.
Tell me more about the All-on-4 treatment concept.
The All-on-4® treatment concept uses four dental implants to support between ten and twelve artificial teeth. This treatment is possible thanks to dedicated implant placement protocols that are pre-planned to achieve a high degree of initial stability. Advancements in implant surface coating and groove designs also play an important role in maintaining implant stability throughout the critical healing phase. Precision engineered multi-link abutments enable the implants to be immediately loaded with a dental bridge on the same visit of the surgery.
Advantages of the All-on-4 treatment concept.
1) Rapid improvement in quality of life.
The All-on-4® treatment concept provides patients who have loss or about to lose all their teeth with a permanent full arch dental bridge which is supported by four implants on the day of surgery. This quickly leads to an almost immediate improvement in chewing function, appearance, taste, speech, and self-esteem.
2) Shorter treatment time
Two key elements contributes to a significantly reduce treatment time in patients who do not have adequate bone volume at the back teeth region. Tilting of the implants located at both ends avoids the need for time-consuming bone grafting procedures, while immediate loading of the implants shortens the actual time to having teeth in the mouth.
The All-on-4® treatment concept also helps to reduce treatment cost when compared to conventional implant treatment as it is supported by less implants and in most instances avoid the need for bone grafting procedures.
4) Enhanced stability.
The stability of dental implants is influenced by the amount of bone-to-implant contact. By tilting the implants located on both ends, longer implants can be used without the need for bone grafting procedures. The tilting of the implants also enable them to be anchored in better quality bone that is present at the front of the jaw bone, reduce the risk of surgery and facilitate an optimal dental bridge design. In short, it makes treatment more predictable.
Who is suitable for All-on-4 treatment?
Anyone who is physically well enough to undergo a routine dental extraction will often be fit enough for dental implants surgery
People who are currently using loose fitting full dentures or about to lose all their remaining teeth (especially those that have lost their back teeth prematurely many years ago) stand to benefit the most from All-on-4 treatment.
Are there any risks involved?
Patients can expect minor bleeding, bruising and discomfort during initial healing. Some patients may also experience numbness of the lips post-surgery. Your surgeon will be able to explain to you more about the incidence of common complications and the likelihood of success as it may vary significantly between different individuals and surgery site.