What Is All-On-4?
All-On-4 is a dental implant device for patients who have a complete denture or are missing the majority of their upper or lower teeth. The All-On-4 implant requires just four implants to replace an entire row of teeth instead of using a single implant for each tooth replacement. The result is a more efficient, cost-effective way to restore your smile.
If you are not familiar with dental implants, it helps to understand how they work. Each implant is a small titanium screw placed in the jawbone, which requires minor surgery.
Also called All-On-X, All-On-4 is a teeth replacement technique that involves the use of only four implants per jaw. You receive immediate results with a look, feel, and function that is closer to natural teeth.
Advantages of All-On-4
Full bridges and dentures are the traditional solutions for replacing an entire row of upper or lower teeth. Both options remain a viable choice for patients. However, All-On-4 comes with significant benefits:
- It provides a strong replacement for missing teeth
- It feels the closest to natural teeth
- The titanium implants can help preserve bone
- With proper care, implants can last a lifetime
- You retain most of your natural biting force
Dentures are cumbersome, requiring you to deal with additional hygiene practices and avoid certain foods. Trying to bite into an apple and other hard foods may cause the dentures to slip out of place or even damage the dentures. All-On-4 offers a durable replacement for your teeth while allowing you to retain most of your biting force. You can continue to enjoy your favorite foods and gain the confidence to smile again.
All-On-4 dental implants are permanent. You continue to brush and clean them as you would natural teeth. You also do not need to take them out or deal with adhesives. Unlike dentures, All-On-4 implants do not press down on your gums, improving the overall comfort of this tooth replacement solution.
Is All-On-4 Right for You?
If you have missing teeth, finding a suitable treatment is essential. Ignoring the problem can lead to jawbone deterioration and a wide range of oral health issues.
As your jawbone shrinks and your gums recede, you may experience changes to your facial features, such as sagging. Missing teeth also increase the risk of gum disease as the receding gums offer pockets for bacteria to grow.
All-On-4 is often the most effective option for those who are missing most or all their upper and/or lower teeth. Each All-On-4 set of teeth can replace one row of teeth, requiring four implants. It also works for those with deficient or poor jawbones, which are issues that would typically require augmentation or bone grafting.
If you currently wear full or partial dentures or have considered getting a full bridge, we can help determine if All-On-4 is a better solution based on your needs.