The All-on-4 Dental Implant Procedure uses four implants, with the back implants angulated to take maximum advantage of existing bone. Special implants also were developed that could support the immediate fitting of replacement teeth. This treatment is attractive to those with dentures or in need of full upper and/or lower restorations.
With the All-on-4 Procedure, qualified patients receive just four implants and a full set of new replacement teeth in just one appointment — without bone grafts! The real appeal is how quickly permanent implants can be placed so that patients can leave the same day with fixed, non-removable replacement teeth.
Traditional approaches to restoring a full arch of teeth usually involved bone grafts, six or more implants, and as many as 18 months of treatment. That meant that a patient often would be without any teeth, or with ill-fitting temporary dentures for more than a year.
You’ll need one or two visits to the practice before we start to gather information for a treatment plan (e.g., CAT Scan, X-rays, impressions, photos). Following this consultation, we’ll schedule the surgery. On the day, we’ll place the implants and fit the new teeth, all in one appointment (even when extractions are necessary). You come to the practice in the morning with unhealthy (or no) teeth, and leave in the afternoon with a beautiful set of fixed, functional teeth.
We’ll want to see you for occasional examinations over the next several weeks and months following the procedure. After almost six months, when the gums have fully healed and the implants are fused to the natural bone, we will take new impressions and prepare a final, stronger, permanent set of teeth adjusted to a perfect fit at no additional cost.
All four titanium implants are placed so that the bone will grow around and secure them in place. With only four implants, there is much less invasive and lengthy surgery.
Once the implants are in place, the surgeon attaches abutments to which the new replacement teeth can be secured. The replacement teeth are fitted on the abutments and the bite is adjusted for comfort and a secure smile.
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