All-on-4 is a good option for people with failing teeth, bridges or crowns. If you have lost all or most of your natural teeth, either because of gum disease, decay or root canals gone wrong.
If you feel discomfort while using your dentures or if you are not a fit candidate for dental implant surgery because of insufficient bone, then All-on-4 might be the alternative you have been looking for.
What is the All-on-4 procedure?
This technique provides patients with missing teeth an alternative to the standard dental implant surgery. Using this method the patient has 4 dental implants placed at strategic points on to which a non-removable bridge is installed. In the past, it was believed that to place such a bridge at least six or eight implants were needed. Now, however dental specialists have come up with an method involving only four implants, with a similar effectiveness to using six or eight.
What makes All-on-4 so popular is the fact that you do not need much bone density to be a candidate, and, in fact, you don’t even have to undergo bone grafting. Furthermore, in most cases the bridge can be placed on the same day as the implants.
Guide to successful All-on-4
In order to have successful All-on4, your implants must be immobile so that the osseo-integration process can occur. The patient needs to avoid any force on the implants at the early stages of healing as it could cause the integration process to fail, leading to complete implant failure. That is why during the intergration process there is a need for a modified diet for the first 6 to 8 weeks. The food should be soft: crunchy or hard foods such as nuts, are to be avoided.
Another essential factor is the strategically placed implants. They need to give as much effective support as possible. The new artificial teeth are placed on the implants so that they stabilize each other. Simply put, the implants need to be placed in a way which makes them maximally effective.
All-on-4 is cost effective
All-on-4 is not only a great alternative to traditional dental implants but it is also a very cost-effective procedure, eliminating the difficulties and expense involved with individual dental implants.