A few decades ago, it was very common for dental surgeons to perform excessive extractions to solve oral health problems, without a restorative plan. With the advances in modern Dentistry, today there are numerous comfortable, economical and safe alternatives to address missing teeth. The All-on-4 technique is one of the most reliable solutions nowadays.
What is All On Four?
The all-on-four dental implant design is a technique that is employed in severely reabsorbed edentulous maxilla and mandible as well. It was created with the goal of reducing the number of implants, simplifying the treatment and allowing the fixation of the prostheses.
Who should have All On Four?
All-On-4 is widely used for patients who have lost all teeth in an arch and who suffer from regular dentures. The objective of the design is to make full-arch fixed restorations with fewer implants in cases when implants cannot be placed in the posterior region because of anatomic limitations.
The technique was developed to maximize the utilization of the available bone and, thus, allow the patient to recover faster.
However, your prosthodontist is the one who must decide on the best treatment to be used to restore missing teeth. Therefore, it is very important to begin with an initial assessment, to complete an analysis of your oral health. Your treatment plan can be influenced by:
- Local conditions
- Systemic situations
- Behavioral habits
Old age is not a limiting factor for implant treatment. The All-on-4 technique aims at patient satisfaction and comfort.
Why do oral surgeons prefer All On Four?
Prosthodontists often prefer this treatment because it: avoids bone grafts; decrease in the number of implants; immediate installation of a fixed prosthesis (which can be temporary or permanent, depending on the patient's case); with predictable results.
At Implantation Dental Center, few appointments are needed for tooth rehabilitation treatment with All-on-Four. We provide digital hi-tech resources, such as intraoral scanners, digital radiographs and CBCT scans, which will assist and consequently reduce the number of consultations.
The planning stage is critical, so we can understand the patient’s expectations and plan how the treatment will be carried out.
The surgical procedure will be performed, with the installation of immediate prosthesis at the same day (when applied). A few days after the procedure, the patient will return to remove the stitches, follow-up and receive specific guidelines on the postoperative period.
During the healing phase, the implants will undergo “osseointegration”. This means that the new implants will be forming a biological connection with the bone. The patient must follow specific diet during this healing period, maintaining adequate hygiene.
It is not possible to make an accurate prediction on how long a dental prosthesis implant-supported will last. However, like any health procedure, the professional has to give success estimates, based on scientific studies. Current evidence shows more than a 95% success rate. Therefore, it is extremely important that the professional chosen to perform the procedure is experienced and qualified to perform the technique. Preventive maintenance and regular visits to the dentist are indispensable and also tend to favor the longevity of the treatment.
With our in-house lab and digital technology, all prosthesis are given a lifetime warranty.