You could be excused for thinking that the possibility of receiving a new set of permanent teeth in a single day is the stuff of science fiction. You can just imagine Tom Cruise (pre-couch-jumping incident on Oprah) clad in a space suit receiving a new flashy set of pearly whites from some complex robotic arm after a particularly rowdy brawl caused one or more of his teeth to go flying into the vacuum of space. But the technology has arrived and now, the possibility of new teeth in one day has gone from being the fantasy of the edentulous denture-wearer to the reality of tens of thousands. And this is all thanks to the placement protocol and products behind All on Four dental implants!
What Are All on Four Dental Implants?
All on Four dental implants offer edentulous (not having a single original adult tooth left) and near-edentulous patients a permanent tooth replacement solution. By placing only four dental implants in the upper and/or lower jaw, skilled and experienced dentists can affix a customized non-removable prosthetic dental bridge that looks, feels and functions like a full set of natural teeth. Unlike removable dentures, All on Four dental implants do not need to be taken out after meals and at nighttime for cleaning; they cannot shift around or fall out and they cause no damage or discomfort to the surrounding soft tissue. Most importantly, however, All on Four dental implants help to promote the health and vitality of the underlying jaw bone tissue, which would otherwise atrophy and waste away. This loss of bone volume in the jaw is responsible for that aged and sunken appearance we typically associate with the elderly and denture-wearers.
Ironically, it is the loss of bone volume that inhibits patients from receiving dental implants using traditional placement protocol. Frequently, bone grafting surgery is required in order to augment and encourage the growth of new and healthy bone tissue before dental implants can be considered a viable tooth replacement option. But with All on Four dental implants, the need for lengthy, painful and expensive bone grafting surgery can almost always be avoided! So, through the ingenious design behind this breakthrough placement protocol, skilled and experienced dentists are able to place the All on Four dental implants and the customized prosthetic dental bridge in a single surgery. This eliminates the months (frequently up to a year and a half) required for the jaw to heal before implants can be placed as well as the expenses and inconveniences associated with multiple consultations, surgeries and time off from work.
A Final Note on All on Four Dental Implants
Not only do All on Four dental implants offer an immediately functional, aesthetic and comfortable solution to multiple and total tooth loss, but they also facilitate a road to oral rehabilitation that takes a single surgery – not multiple, as is the case with traditional dental implant protocol - and a single day, rather than months and even years.