All-on-4® dental implants have become a popular option for individuals who have multiple missing teeth. They have revolutionized the way dental implants are placed, providing patients with an alternative solution for full-arch tooth replacement.
Learn about this comfortable, long-lasting solution from Vista Dental that allows patients to regain confidence in their smiles and improve their overall oral health.
What are All-on-4® Dental Implants?
All-on-4® dental implants are a dental restoration procedure that allows for the placement of a complete set of teeth using only four dental implants. With All-on-4®, a full arch of teeth is supported by just four implants, two of which are placed at the front of the mouth and the other two at the back. The front implants are placed vertically while the back implants are tilted at a 30-degree angle to maximize stability and ensure a strong foundation.
All-on-4® Dental Implants vs. Traditional Implants
The primary distinction between All-on-4® implants and traditional is that All-On-4® requires only four implants to support a full arch of teeth, while traditional implants require a separate implant for each tooth. This makes All-on-4® a quicker, more cost-effective solution for full-arch tooth replacement.
Traditional implants are typically placed vertically and require more bone density for stability. All-on-4® implants, on the other hand, are placed at a 30-degree angle to maximize stability and require less bone density. This makes All-on-4® a suitable solution for patients with moderate to severe bone loss, while traditional implants may not be.
What is the Success Rate of All-on-4® Dental Implants?
The success rate of All-on-4® dental implants is very high, with studies showing success rates of up to 98%. Factors that can impact the success of the implants include:
- Good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing
- Avoiding hard or sticky foods that could damage the replacement teeth
- Regular dental check-ups to ensure the implants are properly maintained and any issues are addressed promptly
Just like anything designed to be long-lasting, All-on-4® dental implants will still require proper care and maintenance like your natural teeth to ensure their success over time.
Benefits of All-on-4® Dental Implants
There are several benefits to All-on-4® implants, making them an increasingly popular option in implant dentistry. First, they provide patients with a cost-effective and time-saving alternative to traditional implants, which require a separate implant for each tooth. With All-on-4®, patients can get a full set of teeth as opposed to waiting months or even years for traditional implants.
Another benefit is that All-on-4® implants require less bone than traditional implants, making them a suitable solution for patients with moderate to severe bone loss. Additionally, the tilted placement of the back implants provides extra support and stability, even in patients with limited amount of jawbone.
How Long Does All-on-4® Dental Implant Surgery Take?
All-on-4® dental implant surgery typically takes around 2-3 hours per jaw. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, and in some cases, sedation may also be used to help patients relax.
During the surgery, the dentist will make incisions in the mouth where the dental implants will be placed. Once the implants are in place, the gums are sutured closed, and the patient is given time to recover before the replacement teeth are attached.
Overall, the entire process from initial consultation to the final placement of the replacement teeth can take several months, as the implants need time to fuse with the jawbone and the replacement teeth need to be custom-made to fit the patient’s mouth.
Who is a Candidate for All-on-4® Dental Implants?
All-on-4® dental implants are an excellent choice for individuals who have lost most or all of their teeth and want a more permanent solution than dentures. Good candidates for All-on-4® dental implants include individuals who:
- Have significant tooth loss in either the upper or lower jaw
- Have good overall health and are free of any conditions that could interfere with the healing process
- Have sufficient jawbone density to support the dental implants
- Are committed to maintaining good oral hygiene practices to ensure the long-term success of the implants
To determine whether All-on-4® dental implants are a good option for you, your dentist will perform a thorough oral examination and review your medical history.