The All-on-4® Treatment Concept
Although there are a number of different dental appliances and procedures designed to provide solutions to missing teeth, some are more effective than others. Such is the case when it comes to the All-On-4 Treatment Concept. This technique takes the best principles from single implant technology and combines them with the benefits of multi-tooth implants to provide long lasting results.
Here at Bay Lakes Center for Complex Dentistry, our experienced and talented dental professionals have been offering this treatment to patients for many years. Read on to learn more about this incredible method of tooth replacement.
All-On-4 Treatment Concept Information
Even though this replacement option has only recently become widely available and practiced, it has actually been around for over 40 years. It was first developed in the late 1970’s and has been significantly improved on in the decades since. For people who find themselves needing to replace all of their teeth in either their upper or lower jaw, the All-On-4 may be the best choice for their personal dental situation.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
All-On-4 is specifically designed to treat patients who have lost all of their teeth on the lower or upper jaws, as well as those who may have some of them remaining but are in the process of removal. This may be due to decay, gum disease, or even an accident or injury as a result of some type of facial trauma. However, this procedure can’t be performed unless the patient exhibits otherwise good dental health. This means that if there is gum disease it must be treated first, along with any other oral conditions before moving forward with an All-On-4 replacement.
Advantages of All-On-4
There are a number of benefits to this type of treatment method. For starters, it is much faster and easier than traditional implants. Since the process requires only four anchor points on the jaw, it is much quicker than procedures which require anchors to be placed for each individual tooth. Secondly, an All-on-4 is much stronger and more durable than dentures, which are usually the other choice. Another important factor is that this replacement process is also much less expensive than conventional implants as well.
What To Expect During and After the Procedure
As mentioned, the All-on-4 Treatment Concept uses four separate anchors, placed directly into the jawbone, to support the full arch of teeth. The exact location varies in each patient based on where the bone mass is best suited to receive and support the implant. After these anchors are placed, four fixed prostheses will be attached to them. These prostheses not only look like natural teeth, they also function better. The best part of all is that the recovery time for this treatment is much quicker than with traditional implants.
The All-On-4 Treatment Concept is a fantastic option for anyone who is looking for a way to replace an entire arch of teeth. When it comes to strength, durability and cost, this treatment really stands out. To find out more about how our dental health experts here at Bay Lakes Center for Complex Dentistry can help, simply give us a call at (906) 212-4725.