What are All-on-Four Dental Implants?

What are All-on-Four Dental Implants?

If you have investigated getting dental implants in any capacity, you have likely come across the term “all-on-four dental implants.” This method of dental implant treatment is becoming more and more popular, which is why you see the term used very often. While this method generally follows the same approach as with other dental implants, they have a few unique factors that make them a very favorable option.

What are they?

What are All-on-Four Dental ImplantsDental implants are made of titanium and can be thought of as “man-made” tooth roots. They can attain life-long success because the jawbone grows onto them, in a process called osseointegration.The major difference for the “All on Four” technique is that only four implants are needed, because they are spread-out to distribute bite forces and longer ones can be used, because some are tilted within the bone. The extra length provides extra surface for the bone to grow onto, which makes them even more secure anchors for the fixed-in-place teeth which are secured to the implant anchors. In the “All on Four” technique, fewer implants can be used, which can significantly lower the cost and simplify such treatment, compared to 8 or even 10 implants that are often placed, in each jaw.

What are the specific benefits to this method?

1st: Lower Costs

What are All-on-Four Dental ImplantsBecause there are only four implants being used for both the entire upper or lower jaws, the cost is significantly less than replacing all of your teeth with as many as one dental implant for each tooth. People often wait for a tooth to fall out, or fail, before replacing it, but this will run-up the cost for one implant to replace each and every tooth. The proven all-on-four process reduces the surgery cost, because fewer implants cost less, making this a much more cost effective solution in regards to dental implants to replace many teeth.

2nd: Reduced Treatment Time

What are All-on-Four Dental ImplantsAs previously mentioned, the number of surgeries is reduced from many to one by going with the all-on-four treatment. This is under the assumption that most patients generally only replace teeth once they have fallen out, or have become very loose due to bone loss. Placing implants in at an angle, or tilting them, often means that bone grafting, or replacement of lost bone, is not needed either. That further reduces the cost of treatment, using the “All on Four” technique.

 Once the four implants have been placed, treatment time can be further reduced because often the patient may go the same day to their trained dentist who can make and place fixed-in-place teeth often the same day as their failing original teeth were removed, so that no dentures or false teeth have to be worn, even temporarily.

3rd: Better Stability

What are All-on-Four Dental ImplantsWith all-on-four implants, most often the two back implants are tilted, which allows for long implants to be used. This is beneficial for many different reasons. First, this allows dental implants to be an option even for those with significant bone loss. Additionally, this allows for the two front implants to be anchored into better density bone found in the front of the jaw, which helps ensure the implants are more secure and ultimately enhance overall success.

4th:: Quality of Life

What are All-on-Four Dental ImplantsThe major outcome of dental implant treatment can be a better quality of life, for many reasons. I recommend checking out this previous blog post  or this one for more information.

 All-on-four implants offer a less costly, and extremely effective solution for many people needing dental implants. The overall time involved with surgery and teeth-making is often much less as a result of choosing this treatment option.

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