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This article discusses the many different ways patients can save by opting for the “All on Four” instead of traditional dental implant protocol.

All on Four ImplantsThe idea that a more comprehensive and sophisticated solution to rampant tooth loss and edentulism (not having a single original adult tooth left) is less expensive than traditional implant protocols may seem counter-intuitive, but this is the reality afforded by All on Four implants! The design of this surgical placement protocol enables qualified and experienced implant dentists to achieve the unprecedented in oral rehabilitation. And because of these benefits and advantages, patients are literally able to save tens of thousands of dollars on having a brand new set of fixed and non-removable teeth placed. In this article on All on Four implants, we shall explore how this revolutionary tooth replacement technology makes such savings possible.

How All on Four Implants Can Save Your Money

  1. All on Four Implants and the Number of Dental Implants Required for Oral Rehabilitation

    The first expense to consider when having a new set of permanent teeth placed is how many implants are required. Traditional implant protocols could require as many as six, eight or even ten implants per jaw in order to give patients a complete set of teeth. This equates to as many as 20 implants for rehabilitation of both the upper and lower dental arch. Now, when you consider that each implant costs approximately $3,500 to $4,000, it’s not hard to understand why many patients consider the technology to be prohibitively expensive!

    The surgical protocol behind the placement of All on Four implants involves the affixing of a fully customized prosthetic dental bridge to the abutments of, as the name suggests, four dental implants per jaw. So, even patients that require rehabilitation of both jaws are only looking at needing eight implants to be placed in total. This brings us to the next important saving patients make with All on Four implants… the number of surgeries required.

  2. All on Four Implants and the Number of Surgeries Required for Oral Rehabilitation

    With traditional surgical protocols requiring such a large number of implants to be placed, oral rehabilitation was approached as a process that took place over the course of a year to a year-and-a-half. Because there was no way that 20 dental implants could be safely and successfully placed in a single sitting, these protocols were frequently broken down into smaller, more manageable surgical sessions, each requiring anesthesia, time off from work and follow-up consultations. The costs add up! All on Four implants can almost always be placed in a single surgery, in a single day, significantly reducing the costs patients have to cover in order to have a new set of teeth placed.

  3. All on Four Implants and the Need for Bone Grafting Surgery

    Another huge savings that patients All on Fourcan make on oral rehabilitation with All on Four implants is bone grafting surgery. The surgical protocol was cleverly designed to almost always avoid the need for this procedure, which is frequently required (a result of bone loss in the jaw) before dental implants can be placed. This bone volume loss – atrophication - is caused by the missing tooth roots, which play an important role in keeping this hard tissue alive and stimulated. Avoiding bone grafting surgery also means that the entire All on Four implants protocol can be completed in a single day without having to wait for the jaw bone to heal before it’s ready to accept implants.

A Final Note on All on Four Implants

With only four dental implants and a single surgery required to go from toothless to having a full and beautiful smile, patients are looking at saving an average of $25,000 on oral rehabilitation with All on Four implants. For more complex cases of bone loss in the jaw, the savings afforded by All on Four implants can equate to a staggering $45,000!
 
This four part article series explores the various benefits and advantages afforded by the All on Four dental implant protocol as compared with traditional tooth replacement techniques and technologies.
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Welcome back to our four-part article series on All on Four implants in Houston, courtesy of qualified and experienced implant dentist, Dr. Wayne Brueggen. In our previous article post, we began looking at some of the benefits offered by All on Four implants over and above that archaic too_TMth replacement technology; partial and full removable dentures. In this, the second installment of the series, we shall take an in-depth look at the cosmetic benefits and advantages afforded by All on Four implants in Houston: the sophisticated and unrivalled solution to rampant tooth loss and edentulism (not having a single original adult tooth left).

The Cosmetic Benefits of All on Four Implants in Houston

Even a single missing tooth can have a devastating effect upon one’s ability to smile with confidence. And the smile is one of the most important physical assets we as human beings have! So just imagine what rampant tooth loss as a result of decay and periodontal (gum) disease can do to one’s self-esteem! Perhaps you know all too well what it feels like to struggle with the ceaseless challenges associated with being edentulous. All on Four implants in Houston offer fantastic cosmetic solutions to multiple missing teeth and total tooth loss. And these solutions go beyond the short term to ensure that patients are able to retain their youthful facial contours.

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  • All on Four Implants in Houston: The Exceptional Results Achieved
The prosthetic dental bridge that is affixed to the All on Four implants is carefully and expertly fabricated to be virtually indistinguishable from a complete set of natural teeth. No matter how broad your smile, those around you simply won’t be able to tell the difference between your new, beautiful teeth and a full set of natural, healthy pearly whites.
  • All on Four Implants in Houston: A Perfect Fit for a Natural Appearance
Removable dentures, as the name suggests, are not fixed in the mouth and so rely upon their bulkiness and fit in order to not shift around or fall out. The peripheral regions of additional mass, known as flanges, help to stabilize dentures in the mouth, but they also press on the lips from inside the mouth. This makes the lips look thin and stretched, which has an aging effect upon the face. All on Four implants in Houston are used to ‘anchor’ a non-removable prosthetic dental bridge in the mouth. Thanks to the support provided by dental implants, additional bulk isn’t necessary to prevent the bridge from slipping or falling out. Consequently, the results achieved look far more natural and beautiful and feel far more comfortable!
  • All on Four Implants in Houston: The Preservation of Youthful Facial Contours
All on Four implants play an integral role in keeping the underlying jaw bone stimulated and alive; something that removable dentures simply can’t achieve. By keeping the jaw bone healthy, a patient’s natural facial contours can remain strong and youthful for years and even decades. This, however, does hinge upon a patient seeking prompt treatment for multiple missing teeth and tooth loss. The longer you avoid having All on Four implants placed, the more advanced the bone loss in the jaw becomes and the more affected your cosmetic appearance will become.

All on Four Implants: Stay Tuned…

To find out more about All on Four implants in Houston and how they offer a comprehensive, sophisticated and long term solution to edentulism and near-edentulism, stay tuned for the third installment of this four-part article series, courtesy of implant dentist, Dr. Wayne Brueggen.

 
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This article, part 2 of 3, explores the advantages of oral rehabilitation with the All-on-4 protocol over traditional teeth replacement technology; removable dentures.


In our previous article post on All on Four implants, we began a comparison between the teeth replacement solutions provided by this revolutionary procedure and traditional removable dentures or false teeth. Our initial comparison in part 1 focused upon the differences in functionality and patient comfort. In this article, the second of a three-part series, we shall focus upon the differences between the smile aesthetics achieved by the All on Four non-removable prosthetic dental bridge and removable dentures.

All on Four Implants Versus Removable Dentures: Smile Aesthetics

When you take a look at the customized dental bridge used in the All on Four protocol, the most immediate difference is that it lacks that additional bulk that removable dentures require in order to stabilize them in the mouth. Since the All on Four dental bridge is permanently secured in the mouth using dental implants, flanges – bulky peripheral areas – are not necessary. The flanges, while used to provide stability, actually press on the lips from the inside, making them look thin and stretched. This alone can add years onto a patient’s age. But when it comes to smile aesthetics, it is the unimpeded loss of bone volume in the jaw that really causes removable dentures to be a cosmetic death sentence.

Just like any muscle in the body, bone tissue requires ‘exercise’ or stimulation. The roots of our teeth transmit the mechanical forces associated with chewing, biting and grinding to the jaw bone, stimulating a healthy blood circulation to the tissue, keeping it alive and vital. With tooth loss, comes the loss of this stimulation causing the jaw bone to atrophy and waste away, resulting in that sunken and puckered facial appearance we typically associate with the elderly.

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All on Four Protocol: Promoting Jaw Bone Health

All on Four implants don’t just replace the tooth crowns, like removable dentures do; they replace the roots as well, which in turn restores the stimulation necessary to keep the jaw bone alive and healthy. In other words, All on Four implants essentially promote the health of the underlying jaw bone and by preventing atrophy, a patient’s natural and youthful facial contours are preserved. As it was previously mentioned, removable denture do nothing to prevent jaw bone atrophy and it is due to the loss of bone volume in the jaw that bridgework needs to be redone every few years ago. What might have fitted comfortably one year will inevitably become looser and looser, until eventually it requires expensive refitting.

In summary, the All on Four protocol gives patients a teeth replacement solution that is virtually indistinguishable from a full set of natural healthy teeth. Moreover, this solution affords patients a confident smile that is natural in both the short and long term thanks to the preservation of jaw bone health.

All on Four Implants: Stay Tuned…

In the third and final article installment, we shall be looking at the difference between the costs and expenses associated with removable dentures versus that of the All on Four protocol.

 
This article explores all the different ways that a permanent tooth replacement solution affords patients a much improved quality of life.
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If you thought that messy adhesives, slipping dentures and aging facial contours were the burden you had to bear, then think again. For the millions of people that are already edentulous (not having a single original adult tooth left) or facing an immediate future of edentulism, removable dentures have been the answer to multiple missing and failing teeth. However, they are a far cry from the best tooth replacement solution available! The placement protocol behind All on Four implants enables skilled and qualified dentists to provide patients presenting with rampant tooth loss with a comprehensive and long term solution that comes with none of the challenges and repeated expenses associated with that archaic technology; removable dentures or false teeth.

About All on Four Implants

The ‘All on Four’ is essentially a dental implant placement protocol followed by qualified dentists or oral surgeons. The ingenious design behind All on Four implants however, completely revolutionized the fields of fixed oral rehabilitation and dental implantology. Not only can patients receive a full set of immediately functional and non-removable teeth that are virtually indistinguishable from natural healthy pearly whites, but this breakthrough protocol enables them to do so through only a single surgery! Yes; new teeth in one day is what All on Four implants make possible for the millions of people that suffer the endless challenges associated with being edentulous or having to wear removable dentures. Let’s take a look at a few of these challenges and how All on Four implants can offer a sophisticated solution and a brand new lease on life.

All on Four Implants: Overcoming Traditional Tooth Replacement Challenges


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One of the first challenges denture-wearers complain of is the discomfort associated with having a foreign piece of plastic floating about in their mouths. No matter how well-fitted a denture is, the mind will always regard it as being foreign and this self-consciousness and awareness has a great impact upon one’s confidence in both the social and professional environment. All on Four implants offer a non-removable tooth replacement solution; one that doesn’t need to be taken out for cleaning or at nighttime and one that cannot shift around or fall out. Because the customized prosthetic dental bridge is permanently fitted in the mouth with dental implants, the mind registers the new teeth as being a part of the body. All on Four implants thus afford patients a far more comfortable alternative to removable dentures; one with which they can smile with the utmost confidence.

Another problem associated with dentures is that they do nothing to promote the health of the underlying jaw bone. Since All on Four implants function like natural teeth, they prevent the bone tissue from atrophying and wasting away. This not only preserves the patient’s youthful facial contours, but it also means that All on Four implants offer a long term solution that doesn’t require expensive refitting every few years or so. Ultimately, due to unimpeded bone loss, most denture-wearers will require dental implants anyway, so making that initial investment in All on Four implants is a very smart move.

A Final Note on All on Four Implants

With improved smile aesthetics, immediate functionality and oral comfort, All on Four implants truly offer a far more sophisticated tooth replacement solution when compared with removable dentures and bridges. Don’t miss out on a much improved quality of life!

 
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This article, part 1 of 2, provides the answers to some of the questions most frequently asked about the All-on-4 dental implant protocol.

All on Four implants have taken the fields of implant dentistry and fixed oral rehabilitation by storm. Where removable dentures were once considered to be the most sophisticated solution to rampant tooth loss and edentulism (not having any of your original adult teeth left), All on Four implants have stepped up to the very threshold of modern dentistry to assume the rightful title! With advantages such as instant smile aesthetics, immediate bite functionality and the preservation of one’s natural youthful facial contours, it’s no wonder the ‘All-on-4’ has been lauded as one of the most important breakthroughs to have been made in dentistry in recent decades. Here are some of the questions most frequently asked of dentists about All on Four implants. Whether you are either already edentulous or are facing an immediate future of edentulism, armed with this information, you can make the important decision that will see you enjoy a much improved quality of life; one without removable dentures!

Question 1 ~ What are All on Four Implants?

The ‘All-on-4’ essentially refers to a dental implant protocol… in other words, a technique used to guide the placement of dental implants. As the name suggests, this protocol only calls for the use of four dental implants to which a fully customized prosthetic dental bridge is permanently affixed. This bridge is carefully fabricated using molds of a patient’s teeth as well as CAT scan images and X-rays of the mouth and jaw. Once the prosthetic bridge has been attached to the four dental implants, the procedure is complete and the patient is free to return home!

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Question 2 ~ What makes All on Four implants more desirable than removable dentures?

All on Four implants provide a non-removable tooth replacement solution for those in need of a new set of teeth. This allows for the following benefits:
  • The ‘All-on-4’ prosthetic bridge cannot shift around or accidentally fall out
  • It does not require removal for cleaning and is in fact looked after just like natural teeth,
  • The ‘All-on-4’ does not call for additional expenses such as messy adhesives, cleaning pastes, anesthetic gels and refitting every few years or so.
Furthermore, with All on Four implants, the prosthetic bridge is fabricated to fit the natural contours of the gums and underlying jaw bone ridge, making it feel natural and not like some uncomfortable and foreign piece of plastic. Because the ‘All-on-4’ prosthetic is supported entirely by dental implants, and not by the soft tissues of the mouth as is the case with removable dentures, it doesn’t cause any pain, discomfort or the development of sores that are not allowed to heal. All on Four implants do not harbor bacteria, causing bad breath, nor do they impede speech, taste and one’s ability to eat all the foods they enjoy.

Stay tuned for the next installment of this two part blog series to find out more about All on Four implants and the difference they could make to your quality of life.


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In this article, part 3 of 3, some frequently asked questions pertaining to the innovative ‘All-on-Four’ dental implant technique are addressed.

All on Four Implants: Introduction

In the last two blog posts, we addressed some of the questions most frequently asked of implantologists; experts in the placement of dental implants. In this final installment, we will be looking at a fairly recent advancement in the field of fixed oral rehabilitation: All on Four implants (www.nodentures.com). This innovative dental implant technique was designed by European implantologist Dr. Paulo Malo in order to address and correct the oral problems presented by patients who have lost all, or who are about to lose all of their original adult teeth. Edentulism (the state of being toothless) and the leading cause of it, periodontal (gum) disease, is a pervasive problem in the United States. The ability for patients to have a full set of aesthetic, immediately functional and non-removable teeth placed with All on Four implants is a massive step forward and an important advancement in dental science; especially considering that All on Four implants can in most cases be placed in a single day! So, for your information, here are some frequently asked questions about All on Four implants.

Question 5 ~ What is the procedure involved in the placement of All on Four implants?

If you are a candidate for All on Four implants – and most near-edentulous or edentulous patients are – then the implantologist will begin by eliminating bacterial infection in your mouth. A thorough, deep clean is imperative and must be done before any implants are placed. Subsequently, your remaining failing teeth (if any) will be extracted under a local or general anesthetic, so you won’t feel a thing and then, the All on Four implants placed. There are (as the name suggests) four dental implants per jaw, so the surgical component of the procedure will consist of the placement of eight in total for restoration of both the upper and lower dental arch. Once the All on Four implants have been placed, the prosthodontist will take over and affix a fully customized prosthetic dental bridge to the four abutments of the implants. This titanium-framed bridge will have been custom fabricated from molds taken of your mouth in your initial consultation with the implantologist.

Question 6 ~ What makes All on Four implants different from removable dentures or false teeth?

A whole world of advantages and benefits, that’s what! The prosthetic dental bridge that is attached to the All on Four implants is fixed and non-removable, which means:

·         It does not shift around and cannot fall out

·         It is cleaned just like your original teeth, so no removal after meals and at nighttime

·         It does not cause any pain or discomfort of the underlying gums

Furthermore, your All on Four implants are fabricated to function, feel and look just like natural, healthy teeth. Removable dentures may enable you to eat and look as close to normal as possible given the circumstances, but they just don’t offer the advantages that the permanent, immediately functional and highly aesthetic All on Four implants do (www.dentalimplantcosthouston.com).

 

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