One of the most innovative teeth replacement options is All-on-4®, which replaces all or several of a patient’s natural teeth in just four days. An All-on-4 denture is an implant-supported denture that uses only four implants to replace the entire arch of missing teeth. This option is the most effective and affordable option for many patients, especially those with bone atrophy and who cannot have traditional implants. Keep reading to learn more about this dental restoration option.
IMPLANTS WITH ALL-ON-4 IMPLANTS
It has been more than a decade since all-on-4 implants became common, but they are still relatively rare today. The All on 4 implant system can replace a full set of teeth instead of replacing each tooth individually. Benefits of choosing this option include:
The All-on-4 procedure requires only one appointment for the dental implant procedure. A dentist will not have to make slots to place individual implants since the entire implant is attached to one framework. Since the dentist knows how to place the implants to support the entire arch of teeth, All-on-4 can be completed within a few hours.
DENTISTRY AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE
Regardless of the option, replacing missing teeth has always been quite costly. Due to the All-on-4 procedure, the cost of replacing a tooth row is significantly reduced. All-on-4 allows patients to pay for the entire set of dental implants at once and at a more affordable cost than paying for individual implants. In essence, the payment would cover the four implants as well as the tooth replacement.
A BONE GRAFT IS NOT REQUIRED
It may not be necessary for patients to get bone grafts when they need All-on-4 dental implants instead of traditional implant surgery. When a patient’s jawbone is not strong enough or too weak to support a dental implant, a bone graft is usually necessary. All-on-4 implants, however, do not require a bone graft because the implants are placed at different points along the jaw where the bone is denser, so they are not limited to one particular location.
A major advantage of All-on-4 implants over many conventional tooth replacement procedures is the ease with which patients can get a full set of teeth in one visit. Other methods might require more time to complete, but this system can be completed all at once. Traditional dental implants usually take about six months or more to complete, which makes this procedure more effective and preferable.
Implant-supported dentures do not have to be removed for cleaning, unlike traditional dentures. The All-on-4 system is much easier and simpler to maintain. As the implants are stable, the jaw can be preserved and excellent oral hygiene can be achieved. Patients can brush and floss their dental restorations as they would normal teeth. It is still important to schedule regular dental appointments.
Consult your dentist about All-on-4 implants if you have suffered significant tooth loss and are considering tooth replacement options. Your dentist will guide you through the process and help you make the best choice.