The term all on 4 refers to all teeth being supported on four dental implants, a surgical prosthodontics procedure for total rehabilitation of the edentulous patient or for patients with badly broken down teeth, decayed teeth or compromised teeth due to gum disease. It consists of the rehabilitation of either edentulous or dentate maxilla and/or mandible with fixed prosthesis by placing four implants in the anterior maxilla, where bone density is higher. The benefits of getting all on four implants support a fixed prosthesis with 10 to 14 teeth and it is placed immediately, typically within 24 hours of surgery.
What Are All On 4 Implants?
All on 4, a registered trademark of Nobel Biocare, is a technique for replacing teeth using fewer implants than traditional methods. Using only 4 on 1 implants to anchor a full arch of upper or lower teeth, patients can have a functioning set of teeth also called full mouth dental implants in about 2 visits to our Merritt Island, FL Dental Office. Our patients are delighted to live their lives with the so called permanent dentures without messy adhesives to deal with. All on Four has been used in Los Angeles, CA for several years with stellar results. Once the permanent teeth arch has been placed, the result is a beautiful set of natural teeth that function just as natural teeth. At Florida Prosthodontics, the three traits that are being followed by Dr. Rawal are:
1. As few as four implants per jaw
Created by industry leader Nobel Biocare, the All on four implants provide patients with a faster and more cost-effective solution to tooth replacement. Traditional approaches to full-arch restorations require six, eight or even more implants and involve bone grafting.
2. Angled rear implants for optimum strength
Through meticulous treatment planning and specially angled posterior implants, a full set of lower or upper dentures can be held in place with less than half the implants needed in traditional implant dentistry. With the All on four dental implants, only four implants are needed and absolutely NO bone grafting is necessary. Of the four implants, two are straight anterior implants and two are tilted to 45 degrees in the posterior. This tilting allows the implants to use available bone, thereby avoiding grafting and allowing the patient to leave with a full set of teeth on the day their implants are placed.
3. The ability to be implanted and fitted in a day
In one day, patients can leave our office with a beautiful smile and new teeth that feel and function like permanent teeth. The All on 4 procedure is a non-removable dental implant option designed to maximize the use of available bone with just 4 implants per dental arch. What’s most surprising to patients is that the teeth can be attached to the implants the same day! The patient comes to the office in the morning and leaves in the afternoon ready to smile, laugh and eat.
Benefits Of Getting All on Four Implants Over Traditional Implants
The benefits of getting All on four implants include:
- Full-arch restoration
- Prevents further bone loss
- Only requires four implants per jaw (as opposed 6, 8 or even 10 per jaw),
- Only requires a single surgery (older implant protocols required several),
- Typically avoids the need for bone grafting surgery,
- Has a much higher success rate,
- Can be completed in as little as a single day,
- Saves patients tens of thousands of dollars on oral rehabilitation
The Fitting Procedure
At Florida Prosthodontics located in Merritt Island, FL, the procedure begins with a thorough dental exam which includes imaging scans to determine the exact right location for each implant. Implants are made of titanium or zirconia materials which have a proven record of thoroughly integrating with bone and providing a solid foundation for restorative work.
Our Orange County Based Florida Prosthodontics uses advanced imaging equipment which allows Dr. Rawal to confidently place each implant exactly as planned. Patients may need an additional session to prepare for All On 4 Implants if they need extractions or if there is significant periodontal disease. A full plan of treatment is discussed with each patient to include any preparatory needed.