All-On-4: A “full arch” refers to either all the teeth on the top of your mouth or the bottom of your mouth. When replacing a single tooth, a single implant is needed, however, when replacing an entire arch, the all-on-4 process can be used to implant four titanium posts that are able to support the full set of teeth on an arch. Having fewer implants in the jawbone improves recovery time and creates a long lasting bond when the implant fuses to the bone.
All-on-4 can be a solution for patients who need dental implants but want to avoid the damaging effects of traditional treatments, such as dentures or a dental bridge. With All-on-4 dental implants, patients can receive implants even if they have little available bone mass. There are a number of benefits of choosing this treatment rather than traditional treatments. These include:
- Shorter recovery period
- Traditional dental implants cost more
- There is generally no need for bone grafting surgery
- Easy maintenance and care
- It is easier to eat and speak clearly than with dentures or a dental bridge
- Long term sustainability
- Preservation of bone and surrounding gum tissue
- A more attractive appearance than traditional dentures.
Before receiving the dental implants, patients are administered a local anesthetic to keep pain and discomfort to a minimum. We then place four implants in strategic locations based on where bone volume is the highest. Afterward, a temporary set of fully functioning dentures is attached until the implants become fully integrated.
The All-on-4 method is designed specifically for use with just four implants. With All-on-4 dental implants, patients do not require bone grafting surgery. This is because of the positioning and angle of the implants. The front two implants are placed at a 90 degree angle while the two back implants are placed at a 45 degree angle. Because of the angle of the back implants, we are able to maximize the use of available bone tissue. This also makes dental implants a cost effective solution for patients with a limited budget. For more information about All-on-4, contact our office today!