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What are All-On-Fours and who should get them?

Nov 4, 2019

If you require the replacement of multiple teeth, you should start considering All-on-4 dental implants. Since a full mouth restoration using dental implants is expensive, you may want to consider alternatives that are less expensive. All-on-4 dental implants are half as expensive as a full set of implants. You would also need fewer jaw implants than with conventional techniques.

All-on-4 Dental Implants

All-on-4 is a tooth replacement method that utilizes fewer implants than conventional techniques. Contrast that with the need for up to 10 implants per jaw using traditional methods. In cases of decreased bone density, as much as six may be needed on the upper jaw.

All-On-Four implant supported dentures

One key advantage to getting All-on-4 dental implants is that your implants are inserted at a shallower angle, which means that bone augmentation is not required as often. Even if you have experienced significant bone loss, you should still be eligible for the procedure, meaning that you can forgo the lengthy and costly bone graft process that would otherwise be necessary.

You may be surprised to learn that All-on-4 implant procedures can be performed in only one day. In fact, the procedure is sometimes referred to as a 'smile in a day' for this reason. This is quite an improvement over conventional implant procedures that may require six months or more.

The Pros of All-on-4 Procedures

Quicker treatment and recovery times

Same-day placement of implants as the extraction

Comfort and stability allow for the support of dental crowns and bridges

Fixed placement; does not require removal for cleaning

Will not fall out or slip

Less expensive than conventional techniques using up to 10 implants

The Cons of All-on-4

Results are not always as good as conventional implants

Not fully customizable

When one implant fails, the whole jaw can be affected

Dentures vs. All-on-4

Removable dentures are made individually to fit precisely within the mouth of the patient. The roof of the mouth is covered by the upper denture, and the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe, allowing space for the tongue. They require removal for cleaning, which is typically an overnight process.

Compare this with All-on-4 implants that are fixed and appear and function like natural teeth when you need to chew. There is no danger of them slipping when you are eating or talking.

Regular Implants vs. All-on-4

If a patient required replacement for a full jaw of teeth using dental implants, it would typically be performed using a mixture of bridges and single-tooth implants. Under this scenario, anywhere from 8-10 implants would be required per jaw.

Even though both methods involve drilling into the jawbone, All-on-4 procedures involve fewer implants. This means that the treatment is easier, quicker and more comfortable.

If you would like to receive more information about All-on-4 procedures, please contact the office of Image Dental & Orthodontics to speak with someone or book your consultation.

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