The All-on-4 technique is one of the most prominent examples of the advancements that have been made regarding dental implants. This innovative approach uses fewer dental implant posts to permanently replace an entire row of teeth – and the way it’s done makes it a viable choice even for those with less jawbone density! If you schedule an appointment with Dr. Her at Lifetime Dental of Gainesville, you can learn more about All-on-4 and the benefits it might have for your smile.
All-on-4 involves surgically placing four dental implant posts in your jaw. What makes this different from a regular dental implant procedure is that the posts are specifically placed in locations of the jaw where the bone density is highest. Furthermore, the posterior implants (as in, the ones placed closer to the back of your mouth) are inserted at a 45-degree angle. This approach gives the four posts enough stability to support a full denture – oftentimes on the same day as the surgery.
If you’re wondering about your candidacy for All-on-4, consider the following questions:
If you answered yes to all of these questions, then you’re most likely able to get All-on-4 implants. Note that even people with oral health issues may still be eligible for the procedure after preliminary work is performed.
Keep in mind that the placement techniques used for All-on-4 reduce the level of bone density needed in the jaw. That means that even patients who would need a bone graft to receive traditional dental implants may be able to have All-on-4 done right away.
Like all dental implant procedures, All-on-4 lets you enjoy new teeth that both look and feel natural. There’s no danger of the restoration slipping or falling out of your mouth, which is good news for those who don’t want to deal with the inconveniences of traditional dentures. And of course, you can eat virtually anything you want thanks to the bite force and chewing power provided by your implants.
There are three major reasons All-on-4 is different from traditional dental implant placement: