What is All-on-4?
The All-on-4 dental implant procedure is recommended for people with failing teeth, no teeth, those currently wearing dentures, and those in need of full upper and/or lower restorations. It has a lower overall cost than conventional implant procedures and requires significantly less healing time, too.
All-on-4 utilizes as few as four implants (traditional procedures require 6 to 8 or more) and produces a dramatic improvement in chewing ability, teeth stability, and overall oral comfort.
What is the difference between the All-on-4 and conventional dental implant techniques?
Older techniques used to require as many as six, eight, or even 10 dental implants to be placed per jaw, meaning that—for full-mouth reconstruction—a patient would be looking at having as many as 20 dental implants inserted, a path that would be exorbitantly expensive. The use of more implants also meant more surgery, incurring a longer recovery period. With only four dental implants needed per jaw, the All-on-4 typically only requires a single surgery.
What does the All-on-4 procedure involve?
The All-on-4 dental implant technique involves an initial consultation, followed by a diagnostic work-up that allows the dentist to see if there is enough bone length, width, and density to securely insert the implants. Surgery is then scheduled that includes the fitting of your new dental bridge. Follow-up appointments conclude the procedure to ensure that your implants are healing properly and your new teeth are functioning optimally.
What is the timetable for the All-on-4?
Most patients are able to receive their dental implants and a new set of non-removable teeth on the same day. Typically, an All-on-4 patient is scheduled for one or more follow-up appointments, as needed, to ensure that you are healing well. At the four-to-six-month mark, your temporary bridge will be replaced with your final bridge.