Dental implant treatment has revolutionized the field of dentistry over the past two decades for both patients and implant dentists. The technology has been a game-changer for people who have lost teeth, whether it be a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a denture anchor. As dental implant technology has evolved, new dental advancements and techniques have matured, such as the All-on-4 dental implants procedure.
This procedure allows for the placement of four dental implants and the restoration to be placed on the same day, giving patients new teeth the same day as the placement of the dental implants. For this reason, All-on-4 dental implants are also called “new teeth in a day.” This is a major benefit for people who have lost multiple teeth, have poor-fitting dentures, or have experienced trauma or progressive tooth loss due to tooth decay or periodontal disease.
The All-on-4 Dental Implants procedure has opened the door for patients who were not previously considered good candidates for traditional dental implants due to inadequate bone density or volume. The procedure uses four dental implants per arch (upper or lower, or both) with the back dental implants placed on an angle to maximize the use of the existing natural bone structure. Unique dental implants were developed that could support the immediate placement of replacement teeth, making it an attractive option for those with loose dentures or those in need of full upper and lower restorations.
Traditionally, the approach to restoring an entire arch of teeth (upper or lower) involved dental bone grafts, six or more dental implants, and as much as 12-18 months of dental treatment, during which the patient would wear a temporary denture while the dental bone grafts and dental implant healing integrated into the bone. All-on-4 dental implants eliminate the need for bone grafts and multiple dental implant procedures. Patients receive just four dental implants and a full set of new upper or lower replacement teeth in just a few dental visits, which can save time, money, and discomfort.
The All-on-4 Dental Implants procedure provides permanent teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. They do not require removal, adhesives, or additional maintenance beyond brushing and cleaning like natural teeth. The procedure prevents resorption of bone and restores facial features, allowing you to taste and enjoy your favorite foods properly.
The All-on-4 Dental Implants procedure typically consists of the following visits:
- Initial Consultation(s): These visits gather important medical history, needed X-rays, dental impressions, photos, and a CAT Scan. The dentist reviews all the information with the patient and develops the proper course of treatment for all dental issues.
- All-On-4 Dental Implants Placement Visit: During this visit, the patient undergoes the actual procedure for placement of the special 4 dental implants. Following the placement of the dental implants, the dentist installs the temporary denture, allowing the patient to leave the office with a beautiful set of fixed, functional teeth the same day as the implant placement.
- Follow-Up Appointments: The patient returns for periodic dental examinations over the next several days, weeks, and months to ensure proper fit and comfort. After six months, the patient returns for a final set of dentures, giving the tissues in the mouth time to heal properly and allowing the implants to integrate into the bone properly.
Most issues arise from inadequate care and treatment before the procedure. The All-on-4 implant procedure can be very complex, and it is crucial that the restorative dentist is involved from planning to final installation. Failure to follow the steps can result in All-on-4 dental implants problems, such as device failure, tissue damage, and unnecessary financial expense for the patient.