It doesn’t require much imagination to understand how incredibly challenging it must be to live a life without teeth. Sure, there are various dental technologies designed to enable edentulous (toothless) and near-edentulous people to eat, speak and smile with a degree of confidence. But just sit down with one of these people and the associated crippling challenges and repeated expenses they will tell you about will just about break your heart. Oral sores that will not heal, a limited diet, impeded taste ability, low self-confidence and endless visits to the pharmacy for anesthetic gels, adhesives and cleaning agents. Imagine then how incredible it would be to be able to get new teeth in an hour; and not just another set of dentures… no. We’re talking about a brand new set of beautiful, non-removable and immediately functional teeth in an hour; teeth that are virtually indistinguishable in function, feel and aesthetics from natural teeth. Sounds like the stuff of science fiction doesn’t it? Well, new teeth in an hour are possible thanks to breakthrough All on 4 implants!
Teeth in an Hour: Previous Challenges
In order to truly appreciate what All on 4 implants are capable of, one needs to understand the difference between this dental implant protocol and traditional techniques. Dental implants certainly do offer a far more sophisticated and long term solution to single, multiple and total tooth loss than removable dentures. But there are different surgical placement plans available and All on 4 implants refer to one that was innovated in 1993 by European implantologist Dr. Paulo Malo. This new protocol overcame the challenges that faced traditional dental implant techniques and in doing so, made it possible for qualified and experienced oral surgeons, such as Dr. Wayne Brueggen, to give patients a new set of ‘permanent’ teeth in an hour.
• Multiple Dental Implants, Multiple Surgeries
Traditional dental implant techniques required 6, 8 and even 10 implants to be surgically placed per jaw in order for patients to get a full set of teeth. This equates to up to 20 dental implants, which simply cannot be placed in a single surgery. So, in addition to the incredible expenses associated with such a large number of dental implants, patients were required to undergo multiple surgeries, which of course go hand-in-hand with endless consultations with specialists, recovery periods, prescription medications and time off from work. New teeth in an hour? Far from it! A journey to oral rehabilitation could take a year and even up to 18 months with traditional dental implant techniques.
Another hurdle on the road to getting a new set of non-removable teeth in an hour included bone grafting surgery. Many patients that have long lived with several missing teeth and/or removable dentures present with a substantial loss of jaw bone volume. This is a direct result of atrophy of the hard tissue, which actually relies upon the stimulation provided by the tooth roots to remain alive and healthy. Once this stimulation is lost, the hard tissue in the jaw wastes away resulting in a reduction in bone volume. Dental implants, just like natural teeth, require sufficient bone volume in order to remain permanently ‘anchored’ in the mouth. As a result, bone grafting surgery becomes necessary before dental implants can be used to provide a viable tooth replacement solution. The problem here is that bone grafting requires months of healing before the jaw is ready to support implants, thus making new teeth in an hour impossible.
All on 4 Implants and New Teeth in an Hour: Stay Tuned
To find out how All on 4 implants bypass the challenges posed by traditional surgical techniques and make new teeth in an hour possible, stay tuned for the second installment of this two-part series, courtesy of implant dentist Dr. Wayne Brueggen.