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Prior to the conception of the All-on-4® dental implant technique, patients who had lost most or all of their teeth to tooth decay, general wear and periodontal (gum) disease and who were in dire need of new teeth would have to resign themselves to a fate of denture-wearing.
Nowadays, we have dental implants and sophisticated surgical protocols to provide us with new teeth that are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and yet still, many people continue to struggle with the challenges and repeated costs associated with removable partial and full dentures.
Let’s compare the solutions provided by the All-on-4® dental implant technique with this older teeth replacement technology.
The All-on-4® typically gives patients new teeth:
Essentially, the All-on-4® can work as a one-time treatment for tooth loss and edentulism.But, there’s more to this sophisticated dental implant technique than just these immediate benefits. In order to truly appreciate the advantages of the All-on-4®, one needs to understand the problems and challenges that faced the dental implant techniques that came before it…
One of the biggest challenges facing traditional dental implant techniques is a lack of bone volume in the jaw caused by atrophy and advanced bacterial infections of the gums, which destroy the hard tissue supporting the tooth roots.
Because dental implants function like natural teeth, they do require adequate bone volume in order to remain stably implanted. The solution to bone loss used to be bone grafting, but this surgery tends to be costly and painful and requires many months for healing before patients can receive implants.
It’s therefore quite ironic that the people who were most in need of new teeth as a consequence of gum disease were frequently told that they were not candidates for dental implants unless they first underwent bone grafting. The inability of dental implants to treat the broad body of patients who required oral rehabilitation prompted the innovation of the All-on-4®, since one of the only other teeth replacement techniques available came in the form of clumsy, often uncomfortable removable dentures.
The All-on-4® is specifically designed to be able to provide most patients with new teeth, even if they have lost a significant volume of bulk from their jawbones. It achieves this through the strategic array and angulation of only four dental implants in regions of the jawbone that are naturally more resistant to atrophy. With the right planning, enough support can be provided for a fixed prosthetic dental bridge, in most cases, without having to perform bone grafting surgery first.
The benefits of this are:
Additionally, the All-on-4® only requires four dental implants, as opposed to six, eight or even ten per jaw as was frequently the case with traditional dental implant techniques. And owing to the lesser number of implants needed, the All-on-4® can be completed in a single appointment and not multiple surgeries spread out over the course of 12 to 18 months.
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