Patients who need to restore a complete arch of teeth (or both arches) may find that conventional dentures fall short in a number of important aspects, like security and comfort. All-on-4 offers these patients a better alternative.
All-on-4 uses four dental implants in the upper or lower arch – or both, when needed – to anchor a denture and preserve the integrity of the jaw bone so that the appliance remains stable over time. In comparison to conventional dentures, All-on-4 offers optimal performance.
Because the All-on-4 treatment process differs significantly from that involved with conventional dentures, it can be helpful to know what to expect. Patients who are considering All-on-4 should consult with an oral surgeon to learn more about this intervention.
All-on-4 Vs. Conventional Dentures
With All-on-4, the denture is supported by four dental implants that replace the roots of some of the missing teeth. Those dental implants hold the appliance in place more effectively than denture adhesives do. They also prevent jawbone atrophy over time, making All-on-4 a more stable option.
The root-like support provided by dental implants in All-on-4 have other benefits as well. For example, an implant-supported denture is more effective at chewing because of the bond between the bone and the implants. Patients also report that All-on-4 dental implants are quite comfortable.
All-on-4 does require a surgical procedure, while conventional dentures do not. Therefore, patients who choose All-on-4 must be healthy enough to tolerate surgery.
What To Expect From The All-on-4 Treatment Process
Because only four dental implants are placed in All-on-4, the oral surgeon can complete the procedure in a single appointment that takes just a few hours. Patients will receive sedation for maximum comfort during implant placement.
The dental implants in All-on-4 are placed near the front of the jaw, where bone is thicker and erodes more slowly. As a result, many patients will be good candidates for All-on-4, even if they’ve worn standard dentures for a period of time and experienced bone loss at the rear of the jaw.
In some cases, a patient may be able to have a temporary appliance fitted after the dental implants are placed. After the dental implants are fully osseointegrated, the patient then gets their permanent appliance.
Do you want a better option than conventional dentures or would you like an upgrade from the standard dentures you’re wearing now? Schedule a consultation with our team at EverSmile to get more information about All-on-4.