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The All-on-4® treatment concept refers to a procedure where patients receive just four or more implants and a full set of new replacement teeth within a day!
It is the most common treatment in our clinic today for a full arch rehabilitation and is suitable for almost all lower jaw cases and most upper jaw cases.
All teeth are supported using four or more implants, hence the term all-on-4. The implants are tilted at an angle to take maximum advantage of existing bone, reducing the need for bone grafting. The real appeal is how quickly permanent implants can be placed so that patients can leave the same day with fixed non removable replacement teeth, by way of a temporary bridge.
After 3-6 months when the implants have healed and integrated into the bone, a permanent bridge will be custom made and fitted.
If you are already wearing a denture, you would have a good understanding of the limitations of what you can eat, how it irritates your gums, how it slips and slides when you speak, how it looks fake and how it smells.
However the real problem with dentures is they allow the bone that used to surround your teeth to fade away because a removable denture puts a lot of pressure directly on the bone surface, rather than the structure beneath it. This invariably results in bone wear and why the denture starts to lose their fit.
Denture wearers find it increasingly difficult to eat raw fruits and vegetables due to their inability to chew, this affects their nutrition and can cause digestive tract issues and illnesses.
People don’t often consider these issues when looking at tooth replacement options as it is prudent to consider various costs – financial and otherwise. Sure, removable dentures are initially cheaper than implants but viewed as a long term investment it is not much of a bargain.
There is also a cost for not taking prompt action to replace the missing tooth. The longer a person who has lost teeth waits to have implants put in, the higher the cost is likely to be. The main reason is the gradual loss of jawbone which is required to support the implants, having to be replenished through bone grafting surgery. The longer you delay implant treatment, the more bone is lost. This can also complicate your surgery, making it more lengthy, and often, more expensive.