THE ALL-ON-4 DENTAL IMPLANT SOLUTION
All-on-4™ dental implants solution is a very efficient technique developed by Nobel Biocare allowing a fixed bridge on only 4 implants in both upper and lower jaw. All-on-4™ grants a long-lasting aesthetic solution through a safe fixed anchoring. This allows even patients with less bone a wonderful smile.
As only four implants are needed, the treatment time will be shorter. All-on-4™ provides a higher stability in the bone and avoids additional operations such us bone augmentation and sinus lift. After the placement of the implants your dentist makes a removable temporary bridge in 5 days to avoid being toothless during the healing time. The teeth of the All-on-4™ bridge are very much like real teeth both in function and aesthetics. Therefore one can eat and speak normally with them. After three months of healing time the dentist can fix the permanent bridge which is usually screwed instead of being cemented. The meals can be enjoyed again it’s possible to chew normally and to feel the tastes properly. It allows a life just like having the original teeth.
THE ADVANTAGES OF ALL-ON-4 ™ AT ONE GLANCE
- fixed teeth on only 4 implants (other fixed solutions require at least six teeth) with a natural look and feeling
- uncovered gum allowing the sense of tastes
- stable bite power allowing the consumption of every type of food
- reduces the hollowness of the cheeks ensuring a younger appearance
- no need to daily remove a denture or to use contact adhesive
- allows a fixed solution even if the bone situation is worse
- easiest fixed solution for toothless patients
HOW LONG DOES THE ALL-ON-4 TREATMENT TAKE? WHAT IS THE TIMING?
The All-on-4 treatment, like any implant treatment, requires two arrivals. On the first arrival, the implants are placed and, if necessary, the provisional teeth are created. Patients who have a full denture may continue to wear it after the implant insertion during the healing period. The prosthesis only needs to be relined. The healing time is normally 3 months. The first visit usually takes 5 days, the second visit 10 working days. On the first visit, the implants are placed, impression is taken, the temporary prosthesis or bridge is fitted, finalized and checked. In the second treatment, a total of 3-4 samples are taken.
HOW LONG DOES THE HEALING TIME OF THE IMPLANTS TAKE?
Since no bone graft is necessary with the All-on-4 treatment, the complete healing of the implants usually takes place within 3 months.
DENTAL IMPLANTS ALL-ON-4, ALL-ON-6 AND ALL-ON-8
What exactly do the All-on-4, All-on-6 and All-on-8 solutions mean? What are the differences and advantages? When are they recommended, how does a dental treatment work, and how do I know which solution I need? Many open questions – let’s find the answers!
The All-on solutions involve a dental treatment to help someone reconstruct the teeth that have all been lost in one or both jaws.
During the treatment implants are used that integrate into the jaw. Their job is to imitate the pressure applied to them by the teeth. The fixed bridge is then attached to these implants. The name “All on” comes from the fact that the complete bridge is attached to 4, 6 or 8 implants depending on the procedure. Imagine that all your teeth are connected and have only 4, 6 or 8 roots that go into your jaw. This means that there is no need for an implant for every missing tooth. The concept of All-on solutions is that all teeth on the upper or lower jaw can be rehabilitated with only one oral surgery. There are 4, 6 or 8 implants and a fixed bridge without bone augmentation. Distance, angle and depth are specifically determined whilst placing the implants in the jaw.
WHEN ARE THE ALL-ON-4, ALL-ON-6 AND ALL-ON-8 SOLUTIONS RECOMMENDED?
The All-on-4 and its alternative treatments are an effective solution for those who have lost a large number of teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or in case of complete toothlessness.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ALL-ON-4, ALL-ON-6 AND ALL-ON-8?
The general difference is that All-On-4 involves the insertion of 4, All-on-6 that of 6 and All-on-8 that of 8 implants. The more implants are used, the stronger and more stable the teeth become, the more evenly the pressure is distributed to the implants and thus to the jaw.
However, one can say that in case of All-on-4, All-on-6 and All-on-8 no wrong decision can be made. Dental implants are a permanent solution for tooth loss.
WHY ARE THE ALL-ON-4, ALL-ON-6 AND ALL-ON-8 METHODS A GOOD SOLUTION?
In case of large tooth loss, the All-on treatments mean stable dentures instead of removable ones.
One of the biggest benefits of the All-on technique is that rehabilitation can be performed on a small bone tissue, usually without bone augmentation. It therefore only means a minor surgical burden, whereby additional operations can be avoided.
After implantation, in many cases a long-term prosthesis can be fixed within a few days, so a removable prosthesis is not necessary.
The use of the All-on technique provides firm teeth with a natural look and feel and stable biting power.
In the past, replacing a whole dentition typically required many more implants, it could include jawbone transplantation, and needed a healing time of about 6-9 months before the mouth was ready for the crowns or dentures. The All-on technique results in less healing as fewer implants are needed without bone augmentation. Temporary dentures can be installed at the same time until you get the final denture (usually within 3 months).
WHICH ALL-ON TREATMENT DO I NEED?
One wonders which one is better: to have several or fewer dental implants. You want to know which one to choose: All-on-4, All-on-6 or All-on-8?
There is no clear answer to which of these options is best. It depends on the patient and the anatomical situation.
Let’s see how these solutions work:
Because they integrate naturally into the jawbone, dental implants are a preferred dental solution to achieve the same level of strength and stability as natural teeth. In an All-on-4 solution, four dental implants become part of the jawbone after integration, serving as the basis for a bridge that will support crowns or other types of dentures.
Dental implants require that the jaw has enough bone to support the implants and that the structure of the bone is strong. An All-on-8 requires more bone and more bone strength than an All-on-4 solution.
However, this is not the only consideration. All-on-4 is simpler than All-on-8. In many cases, the patient does not require extensive bone reconstruction, so All-on-4 therapy may be more appropriate. The location of the missing teeth, the situation of the remaining teeth and the general health situation can also influence which type of reconstruction is more suitable for the patient.
For these reasons, there is no “better” solution. You need to talk to your dentist about your specific situation, and maybe go through some tests before your dentist can decide if you need an All-on-4 or another solution.
All-on-4, All-on-6 and All-on-8 are a great solution for people who have lost many teeth and want to regain their smile.
All in all, the onset and healing time is minimal, and it will not be long before you even forget that the implants are there.
HOW DOES THE TREATMENT WORK WITH THE ALL-ON TECHNIQUE?
Consultation and preparation of the treatment plan: Prior to All-on-4, All-on-6 or All-on-8 treatment, a CT scan will be taken in all cases, which will be needed during consultation with our specialist and for the accurate determination of the implant positions. The written treatment plan is created based on this.
Implantation: After the personal consultation, an appointment is made as to when the oral surgery, the insertion of the implants is made. At the clinic there is also the possibility to do the treatment under general anesthesia.
4 days after implantation, the bridge is attached to the implants: After a successful trial, a temporary prosthesis or even a fixed bridge will be made within a few working days after the implantation, if allowed by the situation. This way, the patient can quickly get teeth, optimally return to his usual lifestyle, laugh confidently again, eat normally again and chew heavily during meals.
Approximately 3 months after implantation, the temporary teeth are exchanged for the final bridge: After the implants are installed in the bone, the final bridge is attached to the implants.
Regular check-up, oral hygiene: After the All-on treatment, it is recommended to go to check-up every six months and receive dental hygiene treatment.
COSTS OF ALL-ON-4 SOLUTIONS AT EVERGREEN DENTAL
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