What Are All-ON-4 Dental Implants?

What concerns most people who have teeth that are damaged or missing is finding replacements that look natural. The second concern is commonly hoping to find replacements that allow them to eat the foods they love without discomfort, and without damaging the tooth replacement. Those who opt for the All-on-4 dental implants find they can bite with increased force, and that this permanent replacement greatly resembles their natural teeth.

The Benefits of All-On-4 Dental Implants

This dental implant covers the concerns most people have regarding having a tooth replacement. These look much like the natural teeth. These teeth also restore the facial features in filling out the hollows caused by the missing teeth and loss of bone. As with all implants this type helps to prevent bone deterioration. Since these are permanent implants, it’s unnecessary to use bridges or adhesives to keep them in place. With a bridge, it’s necessary to grind down surrounding teeth, but with this implant grinding and affixing supporting framework is not necessary. Bridges and dentures can be uncomfortable as they often press down on the gums, but this implant has fused to the bone so there’s no effect on the gums. Because these are implanted in the bone there’s less risk of damaging the implant while eating. The All-On-4 dental implant allows for a bite of up to 70% increased force over other replacement types.  This means eating most favorite foods is possible.

How Does this Implant Differ From Others?

All-on-4 dental implants call for only four implants per arch. Most implants will use six to eight implants per arch. These implants can be placed at an angle, allowing for better contact and support from the bone. In many traditional implant procedures, there is a need for bone grafting to stabilize the implant. The All-on-4 process does not require bone grafting for most of those who need an implant. This makes the procedure more cost effective, faster, and causes less discomfort than other types of implants.

Who Can Have All-on-4 Implants?

This type of implant surgery usually takes less than three hours. Anyone in good health who either already wears dentures, or might need them is a possible candidate for the All-on-4 implant. This implant works for both lower and upper teeth. After surgery the bone and gums will take time to heal, so often it is necessary to wait after the implant process before the teeth are placed. The success rate for this procedure is known to be 98%. It is important for the person having the implant to perform routine care of the teeth including, brushing and cleaning the teeth.

Can the Implants be removed?

As with any implant after the surgery the implant will fuse to the bone. This creates a better stability for the tooth so chewing is natural. Once fused the implant will be much like a tooth’s root. It is possible for an oral surgeon or experienced dentist to remove the tooth to either clean or correct it, but the implant would require surgery to remove.

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