What is All-on-4?
All-on-4 is a specialised technique specifically designed to help edentulous people. Unlike other dental implant treatments that require six or more implants to secure an arch of teeth, All-on-4 needs just four optimally placed implants. Usually, dental implants are situated throughout the jaw to provide support, but All-on-Four implants are situated towards the front of the jaw. This is because the bone is naturally thicker and stronger in this area, so the need for additional procedures such as bone grafting is reduced or eliminated.
With this technique, two dental implants are inserted vertically right at the front of the jaw. The remaining two are inserted either side but are angled backwards. Tilting the implants allows us to use longer implant posts, increasing contact with the surrounding bone and increasing implant stability and strength. Once the implants have fused or osseointegrated with the surrounding bone, they are strong enough to support a new implant prosthesis.
Who is suitable?
While most people are suitable for All-On-4, as with any procedure it’s important to have good oral and general health.
At your initial consultation Dr Zabik will discuss the process with you in detail and answer any questions you may have. Dr Zabik may also take x-rays to assess your bone structure and determine the optimal placement areas for your implants. Dr Zabik will then develop a treatment plan.
If you have had missing teeth for a while, it’s possible you may have lost some bone density. In this case you may require bone grafting surgery to build-up and strengthen your jawbone, so it can adequately support your implants.
Here are just some benefits of All-On-4:-
- Are permanent teeth that are brushed and cleaned like natural teeth
- Do not have to be taken out and cleaned each night
- Do not press down on gums, so they’re more comfortable
- Allow you to taste and experience hot & cold food
- Do not cause you to gag
- Allow you to bite with increased force, so you can eat all of your favourite foods
- Prevent bone deterioration
All-on-4 is an affordable treatment for anyone struggling with dentures or who are facing the prospect of full dentures. Most people find this treatment very easy to tolerate and it could help those who are less suitable for traditional dental implants. All-on-4 implants are easy to clean and maintain, and patients enjoy the feel and appearance of healthy, strong and stable teeth.