The All on 4® Treatment Concept
The concept of restorative dentistry has been around for centuries.
One of the first implants were made of seashells and while not comfortable in the least, thus leading to the understanding the stigma of tooth loss that has been with us for centuries. But with advancements like the All-on-4® Treatment Concept that no longer needs to be the case.
The All-on-4® Treatment Concept is one of the best treatments for people with multiple lost teeth. It involves placing a type of denture supported by four implants. The procedure provides adequate stability for your gums and jaw to restore biting and chewing function.
The All-on-4 process reduces the work required for implants and can be completed in a fraction of the time. Our dentist at Middle Creek Dental will thoroughly assess your oral health before developing a custom treatment plan for your missing teeth.
What is an All-on-4 Dental Implant?
An all-on-4 dental implant is an innovative process that involves anchoring four implants into the jawbone. A bridge-like prosthesis is fitted onto the implants to serve as artificial teeth. Some teeth are extracted to provide room for the placement of the prosthesis.
The process is ideal for patients with a row of missing teeth. It requires less recovery time than replacing individual implants. The procedure is a permanent and affordable alternative to dentures.
All-on-4 Dental Procedure
Our dental specialist will schedule an initial consultation to discuss the possibility of treating your case with All-on-4 implants. You will discuss your concerns, and our dentist will answer your questions and explore alternatives where necessary.
The next step is to evaluate the condition of your teeth and gums. The assessment may include taking x-rays, and Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scans of your oral cavity. The initial assessment is crucial for developing a custom treatment plan. Our dentist will consult you before finalizing the details of the procedure.
It may require extracting teeth before placing the All-on-4 device on your jawbone. Both anterior and posterior implants are affixed onto the jawbone to support the prosthesis. The bridge-like device is fitted on the same appointment. Our dental team will schedule an appointment to assess your progress during recovery.
Most people outside of the dental community are unaware of what All-on-4 treatment option is or how revolutionary it has become.
Nobel Biocare invented the procedure in order to help those patients who were removed from consideration for traditional dental implants due to the lack of supportive bone structure.
Because they are implanted at an angle rather than the traditional vertical position, there is less bone mass needed to complete the procedure. There is also far less time necessary to heal completely.
There are also only four implants necessary to allow for anchor points for the dental appliances. It allows for quicker fusion and far less time to heal.
Also, unlike traditional dental implants, which take more than one office visit, the All-on-4 procedure can be completed in a single appointment.
What are the Benefits of the All-on-4 Treatment
The effectiveness of the surgical procedure is not diminished by only requiring a single appointment. That is all that is needed to clean the decay and infected tissue and teeth and apply the appropriate dental implants.
It also opens up an entire group of patients who were refused for dental implants due to the diminished bone mass in their jaw bones. This is a perfect solution for these types of patients.
When patients have tooth loss it can impact the way they look. Because the cheeks and lips no longer have the supporting structure of the teeth, they sag inward.
Who Needs the All-on-4 Treatment?
To some patients, the process may seem like a departure from the norm because everything is done in a single appointment.
Just because it is done this way does not mean it is not just as effective as traditional implants. It is a much less expensive procedure and just as effective, as well as it can last for many years to come.
It can also help maintain what remaining natural teeth the patient may have by providing the necessary pressure to the jawbone to ensure the bone and gum structure remain strong.
For those patients in need of an alternative to the improperly fitting dentures which can constantly shift and slip at the inopportune times, the All-on-4 procedure is a perfect fit.
It is quick, efficient, and far less expensive than other dental surgery solutions.
Advantages of All-on-4 Implants
The implant will replace an arch of teeth enabling you to consume your favorite foods. It is a long-term and convenient solution for restoring the function of your natural teeth and jawbone.
Unlike dentures, they are much more stable compared to dentures which can fall out due to adhesive deterioration. The prosthetic device is effective for patients with mild to moderate jawbone loss. However, severe bone resorption requires treatment with other procedures to be effective.
Our dental team can complete the procedure in one visit. It only requires the placement of four implants to replace a full arch of teeth. That means the process is less invasive and has a shorter recovery time than individual implants.
The other advantage over dentures is that it stimulates the bone and prevents deterioration. Dentures don’t provide adequate pressure on the jawbone, increasing the risk of tooth loss and dental complications.
All-on-4 dental implants provide adequate stability for speech and can boost your self-esteem. Dentures can loosen, making it difficult to pronounce words. All-on-4 prosthetics are custom-made, offering exceptional fit and comfort to improve your quality of life.
Schedule a Consult and Learn More!
Feel free to come in and see us at Middle Creek Dental so we can provide you with the information necessary to make an informed decision regarding your treatment for a multiple tooth implant.
We are also available by phone. You can call us at (208) 505-9975 to voice your concerns or have your questions answered. Call us today.