What Is All-on-4®?
All-on-4® is a treatment concept that involves the placement of four dental implants per arch to support a denture. The technique replaces full arches of teeth by positioning two implants towards the front of the mouth and two implants at an angle towards the back of the mouth. This creates a stable foundation to which the custom-crafted prosthesis is attached. The All-on-4® implant denture system has many benefits over traditional dentures, providing our patients with enhanced outcomes for their teeth replacement.
What Are the Benefits of All-on-4® Dental Implants?
All-on-4® has a number of advantages for patients who need to replace their upper and/or lower arches of teeth. Those who undergo the advanced procedure from our experienced team at New England Dental Group can expect a combination of the following benefits:
- Secure restoration that does not slip
- No extra maintenance
- Ability to eat, speak, and smile with ease
- No messy adhesives or pastes
- Natural-looking outcome
Additionally, All-on-4® is often a viable option for patients who may not otherwise be good candidates for dental implant surgery. All-on-4® utilizes the available jawbone to create a solid foundation for the implant denture. By placing the posterior implants at an angle, they have more contact with the jawbone, which can often eliminate the need for preliminary bone grafting.
The implant denture system is highly beneficial for the right candidates, and it has been estimated that 98% of patients who received the treatment concept would recommend the system.
What Should I Expect During the All-on-4® Procedure?
To determine if All-on-4® is an appropriate solution for your needs, your dentist will utilize 3D digital imaging technology to evaluate the structures of your mouth. After establishing your candidacy, every detail of your procedure will be planned to ensure the utmost precision during your oral surgery. This allows for the most successful outcomes and helps provide a comfortable fit and natural look. All-on-4® can be utilized for patients who need one arch of teeth replaced or both, as detailed below.
Upper Arch Replacement
Patients in need of a teeth replacement for most or all of their upper arch are often good candidates for All-on-4®. After determining the best placement for each implant, our implant dentist will perform the procedure and complete the process by connecting the custom-crafted arch to the posts for a beautiful, long-lasting upper teeth replacement.
Lower Arch Replacement
While some patients have missing or severely damaged teeth in their upper arch, others may suffer from tooth loss in their lower arch, requiring a denture to restore both form and function. All-on-4® may be recommended to create a secure foundation for the lower denture.
Full Mouth Restoration
All-on-4® is often the ideal method for replacing both arches of teeth. For those who require a full mouth teeth replacement, our implant dentist can utilize this advanced treatment concept to provide patients with new teeth in a single day.
All aspects of the All-on-4® procedure are performed at our office. Your dentist will first place the dental implant posts into the planned locations at the optimal angles. This is performed using local anesthesia to help maximize your comfort and prevent potential pain. The custom-crafted restoration—which is fabricated in our dental lab using state-of-the-art technology—will then be attached to the dental implants, allowing you to leave our office with your new set of teeth.
Over the course of three to six months, the implant posts will gradually osseointegrate (fuse) to your jawbone, achieving the secure support for your implant denture. To maintain your All-on-4® implant denture, you will need to return for routine dental cleanings, just like you should for your natural teeth, as well as regularly floss and brush to maintain your oral hygiene.