The “All-on-4” dental implant method is sold by Nobel Biocare. It’s a brand name for both the actual posts and the implantation technique. Four implants are placed in one jaw (upper or lower). The four teeth implants to support the fixed (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 dental implants, you would need 16-20. That’s 8-10 per arch.
The way the posts are set in the jawbone 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 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 good candidate for All-on-4?
Success with any tooth restoration procedure depends on many factors. A key decision 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 disadvantages of All-on-4?
Not all dentists offer this treatment. 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 a dental implant fails in the All-on-4 configuration, it may require that all tooth implants be replaced.
At Boulder County Smiles, we are dental implant specialists and have completed hundreds of dental implant procedures. If you are considering tooth implants, schedule a consultation. We look forward to discussing your dental goals.