The All-on-4 dental implant method is sold by Nobel Biocare. It’s a brand name of both the actual posts and the implantation technique. Four implants are placed in one jaw (upper or lower). The four teeth implants support the anchored (non-removable) denture.
How is the All-on-4 system different than conventional implants?
The primary difference is that it uses fewer posts to support an appliance that replaces all the teeth on one arch. To replace all of your teeth (upper and lower) with a conventional set of tooth implants, you would need 16-20. That’s 8-10 per arch.
The way the posts are set in the jaw bone is different as well. With this service, the rear posts are surgically implanted at an angle.
What are the advantages of All-on-4?
All-on-4 is more economical than a full set of tooth implants.
All-on-4 can often be placed in one day. Because of this, they are also called “smile in a day” or “same day teeth.”
Who is a well-suited candidate for All-on-4?
Success with any tooth restoration procedure depends on many considerations. A key determination is whether the patient has enough healthy bone to support the implant. Patients with jaw bone recession in the back of the mouth may only be able to have this type of dental implant procedure.
What are the potential downsides of All-on-4?
Not all Cary dentists offer this procedure. There are various reasons. Some believe four implants don’t provide enough strength. It stands to reason that more implants provide more support. Another concern is that if an implant fails in the All-on-4 configuration, it may require that all dental implants be replaced.
Dr. Acton is a dental implant specialist. At Cary Family Dental, we have performed hundreds of dental implant procedures. If you are considering tooth implants, schedule a consultation. We look forward to discussing your dental goals.