All On 4
All On 4 Treatment
All on 4 dental implants is a proven technique which allows a set of whole new teeth, also known as an arch, to be supported by just 4 implants. The All on 4 implants is placed at an angle to provide optimum support for the arch and act as anchors for your dentures.
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How do All on 4 Work?
All On 4 dental implants are an advanced form of traditional dental implants. Dental implant is typically made of titanium and it is inserted into the jawbone, directly into a space left by a missing or damaged tooth.
With All On 4 treatment, you can enjoy a whole new set of teeth using just 4 implants. These are placed into the jawbone.
All on 4 procedure, conducted under local anaesthetic, will be quick and painless if the dental implants are inserted correctly.
The 4 dental implants are inserted and carefully positioned during the procedure to ensure that the implants will fuse completely with the bone. If this is achieved, the screws will be firmly secured in place.
With All On 4 dental treatment, you can enjoy the benefits of a full set of teeth with just four implants. This greatly reduces the cost and treatment duration and is less invasive than some dental surgery procedures.
How to Clean All on 4 Implants?
Maintaining your All on 4 dental implants is key to enjoying the long-term benefits they have to offer.
It is important to pay special attention to the gums around the implant and ensure that food particles do not get trapped. A few simple steps to ensure this are:
First, brush your implants twice a day as you would with natural teeth. A waterpik flosser or water jet can then be used to access all the difficult to reach places which you may have missed while brushing. If you are unable to get one of these tools, traditional dental floss can do the job as well.
A rubber tip gum stimulator can help you to clean around the base of the gum. This will gently clean away at the gums and help you avoid infection, removing food particles in the process.
While this entire cleaning process may take a little longer than just brushing your teeth, it will ensure that your All on 4 dental implants can last longer.
All On 4 vs Traditional Dental Implant
The traditional method to replace an entire jaw with implants is to combine single implants with implant-supported dental bridges. This reduces the number of implants required as compared to one implant per tooth. This method usually requires 8-10 implants to replace an entire jaw with prosthetic teeth.
The All On 4 method requires fewer implants as compared to the traditional method. This allows for shorter treatment time and more comfortable for the patient. The cost for All On 4 will be lower as well due to lesser implants surgeries and materials required.
With All On 4, dentures can be fixed on immediately after implants have been placed. This heavily reduces the treatment time as compared to traditional implants where the patient will have to wait 4-6 months for the healing process after the implant surgery. Typically, temporary dentures are attached on the day of implant surgery and permanent dentures to replace the temporary ones a few months later.
The Benefits of All on 4
All-on-4 dental implants offer many benefits over conventional implants and removable dentures. These include:
- Fixed Teeth – no need to remove for cleaning
- Faster Recovery
- Better Jaw Bone Health – avoids loss of bone
- No Gum Irritation or Mouth Sores
- Improved Quality of Life – in terms of function, speech and self-confidence
- Lower Cost compared to full dental implants
All on 4 Procedure
There are basically 3 steps to All on 4 treatment.
During the initial consultation with your dentist, they will assess your oral condition and perform a CT scan. This allows your dentist to check for dental implant suitability in your case. The scan also enables the dentist to check for your jaw bone density and determine the ideal position to place the implants. Dental impressions are then taken and sent to a dental lab to customise your new fixed prosthesis and designed to look just like your natural teeth.
If required, teeth extractions usually can be done on the same day before your implants are inserted. After the extractions are completed, the dentist will clean and remove any damaged tissue and bacteria from your mouth.
The dentist will then proceed to drill four or more holes where the implants will be placed. Usually, there will be two or more holes at the front of your jaw to hold the front implants. Another two holes at the back, near to your molar teeth, with one on each side. The holes at the back are angled to provide more support. After the implants are placed, the dentist will do another round of cleaning before performing suture on the incision. Dissolvable stitches are normally used.
Typically, you will be fitted with new transitional teeth on the same day. The transitional teeth will be replaced with the customised permanent full-arch prosthesis once it is ready for fitting.
Typically, you will experience some minor bruising, discomfort and bleeding during the initial healing. You will be advised on the types of food you can and cannot eat during the initial healing. Smoking and high impact sport should be avoided for the initial stage too.
Fitting of Permanent Bridge
Usually 3-6 months after the surgery, when the healing is complete, the permanent full-arch prosthesis will replace the transitional teeth. This is usually made from porcelain or other highly durable material. With proper care, your new teeth should last for ten years or more.
Who is Suitable for All on 4 Treatment?
The dentist will conduct a thorough assessment to ensure patient is suitable for All on 4 treatment before beginning the treatment.
When performed on suitable candidates, dental implants have the highest success rate. If the patient is diabetic or is a heavy smoker, the success rate will be lowered.
Those who suffer from gum disease will need to have the condition dealt with prior to proceeding with implants.
Gum disease treatment may be a professional clean by the dentist and upkeep of a good oral hygiene regime at home.
A more intense gum treatment performed by a periodontist may be required for serious gum disease cases.
It is important the patient understands the importance of good oral hygiene such as daily brushing and flossing using correct techniques prior to the placement of implants.