All-On-4 Dental Implants: A Panacea for Patients with Multiple Missing Teeth?
Patients with several missing or broken-down teeth regularly ask me about how dental implants can be used to reconstruct their dentition. They have often heard the term ‘All-on-4’ before but do not fully understand what it is or how it works. The purpose of this blog is shed some light on ‘All-on-4’ and provide some basic information about how this revolutionary technique works to better people’s lives.
To fully grasp what ‘All-on-4’ is you should first understand what a dental implant is. A dental implant is a small metal screw that is inserted into your jawbone in order to replace a missing tooth. Surgery is required to insert the implant. Once the implant bonds to your bone, a cap is attached to give you a new aesthetic and functional prosthetic tooth.
What is ‘All-on-4’?
The key concept behind ‘All-on-4’ is that you do not need a dental implant for each one of your missing teeth. All you need is four strategically-placed implants to attach a custom-made, highly-aesthetic, non-removable denture. That’s the beauty of the ‘All-on-4’ technique.
Why is ‘All-on-4’ sometimes called ‘Teeth-In-A-Day’?
‘All-on-4’ is also known as ‘Teeth-In-A-Day’ because you walk into the office with teeth at the beginning of the day and leave after surgery with a brand new set of teeth same-day!
‘All-on-4’ sounds too good to be true. What’s the catch?
There is no catch for most people. Multiple studies over many years have shown that fixed prostheses supported by four dental implants are a long-lasting and beneficial alternative to the conventional dentures that your grandparents used.
Is everyone a candidate for ‘All-on-4’?
No, unfortunately not. If you are a heavy smoker or diabetic, have taken certain medications or have certain jaw conditions, you might not be the best candidate for ‘All-on-4’. Fear not, though – there are other prosthetic options for full-arch reconstruction with dental implants that can work very well in higher-risk individuals.
So, is ‘All-on-4’ a ‘Panacea’ for patients with multiple missing teeth?
‘All-on-4’ is not a ‘Panacea’ for patients with multiple missing teeth but it is a great treatment option for many people. Talk to your oral and maxillofacial surgeon about whether ‘All-on-4’ is the right fit for you!
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