All-on-4 dental implants: Are they right for me?

Many patients who are missing teeth now prefer to opt for a fixed solution rather than removable dentures. There are several different types of dental implants – here’s why you may wish to consider the ‘All-on-4’ option.

What is All-on-4?

All-on-4 is a technique for replacing missing teeth that uses fewer implants than traditional methods. Whereas a full set of implants requires 8-10 implants per jaw, the All-on-4 technique uses just four. Depending on the circumstances, sometimes five or six implants are required on the upper jaw because of lower bone density.

What are the advantages of All-on-4?

  • Same-day treatment – After the initial planning process to assess whether this treatment is suitable for you, implants can be placed, and new teeth inserted on the same day, without the need for temporary dentures. The procedure can be carried out in the dental chair under normal local anaesthetic.
  • Lower cost – Because there are fewer implants, the All-on-4 method is cheaper than traditional dental implant techniques.
  • Natural look and feel – As with traditional implants, new teeth can be made to closely match the original teeth or even create a new look, depending on your requirements. Dental implants look and feel just like the real thing, so no one will be able to tell the difference.
  • Fixed in place – Unlike dentures, which need to be removed for cleaning and must be replaced regularly (every 7 years on average) to avoid discomfort, All-on-4 implants are fixed in place. With careful brushing and flossing they will last for more than 10 years.
  • No dietary restrictions – Because the implants act like natural teeth, there are few eating restrictions once you are healed. Many patients find this preferable to dentures, which necessitate the avoidance of hard or chewy foods.

How does All-on-4 compare to regular dental implants?

The traditional way of replacing a full jaw of teeth with implants is to use a combination of single-tooth implants and dental bridges (which allow several teeth to be supported using one implant at each end). This technique usually involves 8-10 implants for a full set of teeth. Although both traditional implants and All-on-4 implants involve drilling sockets in the jawbone, because the All-on-4 technique uses fewer implants treatment time is significantly reduced. This makes the process quicker and more comfortable for the patient. Due to the reduction in time and materials required, All-on-4 implants can also be cheaper than traditional implants. You can learn more about conventional implants on our website.

For more information about All-on-4 dental implants, contact Exeter Advanced Dentistry today. We will be happy to discuss treatment options with you.

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