All on 4 Implants: An Overview
According to the Center for Disease Control, 30% of adults over the age of 60 have lost all of their original teeth and are in desperate need of All on 4 Implants; the procedure making complete oral rehabilitation in a single dental appointment possible. The All on 4 Implants technique is the brainchild of European implantologist Dr. Paulo Malo who, together with the world’s leading dental implant manufacturer Nobel Biocare, devised a comprehensive system for teeth replacement that offers a non-removable (fixed), long-term, immediately functional and highly aesthetic solution to tooth loss. Now, if you are reading this, chances are you or someone close to you is personally considering a future of tooth loss and edentulism (not having any original teeth left). This could be for any of a number of reasons, however, the most pervasive being advanced and acute periodontal (gum) disease. While removable dentures or false teeth have long been the solution to tooth loss, the challenges associated with this traditional teeth replacement technique have compelled dental science to delve deeper for a more comprehensive and permanent solution. That solution is ‘All on 4 Implants’. So what are they and how do they work?
All on 4 Implants: The Procedure
All on 4 implants, as the name suggests, essentially consists of the affixing of a fully customized prosthetic dental bridge to four specially placed and angulated dental implants. It is this location and angulation that enables the prosthetic bridge to receive the support it needs to remain fixed in the mouth for many years and often decades; functioning and looking just like a full set of beautiful and natural teeth. Furthermore, the placement of the All on 4 implants enables the procedure to be completed almost always without the need for bone grafting surgery beforehand, which is how complete oral rehabilitation in a single dental appointment is possible. You see, periodontal disease causes tooth loss through deterioration of the underlying jaw bone. Since the hard tissue cannot support teeth, bone grafting surgery is often required to augment the existing bone and encourage the growth of new, healthy, hard tissue before dental implants can be inserted. This can take anywhere between three and nine months. The All on 4 implants technique bypasses this entirely through the unique positioning and angulation in the anterior (front) and posterior (back) portion of the jaw bone where:
• The bone exists in a naturally greater volume,
• The bone is more resistant to atrophy,
• They avoid damaging vital structures such as the nerve canal (lower jaw) and sinus cavity (upper jaw).
The result of this is ample support for the prosthetic dental bridge with minimal incisions and sutures, which means very little post-operative pain and discomfort for you, the patient.
The All on 4 Implants Technique: Unsurpassed Results
Going from complete edentulism and the ceaseless challenges associated with removable dentures to a mouth full of non-removable, functional and beautiful teeth is what the All on 4 implants technique is making possible for patients in countries all over the world. The results are unsurpassed and are changing lives!