All-on-4 Implant Supported Dentures
Many patients do not think they are candidates for implant supported dentures because a dentist or oral surgeon told them they did not have adequate jawbone density or they weren’t healthy enough to successfully complete the process. The unique All-on-4 dental implants process opens this tooth replacement option up to more patients than ever before. The Randolph Dental Care team is proud to offer this advanced treatment solution. If you’re interested in finding out more about All-on-4 dentures, please don’t hesitate to contact our team to schedule your tooth replacement consultation. We’ll evaluate your smile and help you decide whether or not All-on-4 is the best tooth replacement choice for you.
What is All-on-4?
All-on-4 is a unique tooth replacement option that utilizes the naturally denser parts of the jawbone to support a full denture. In some cases, we’re even able to place a temporary denture on the same day we complete the dental implant process. Patients who may not otherwise be candidates for dental implant placement may successfully complete the All-on-4 process.
How Are All-on-4 Dentures Placed?
The All-on-4 tooth replacement process is what makes this denture treatment so unique. Using the naturally denser part of the jaw at the front of the mouth, we place two dental implants vertically to support the front portion of the denture. Then, two implant posts are implanted diagonally from the back of the mouth into the front of the jawbone to support the back portion of the denture. Because the jaw’s natural density is optimized, there is greater chance the implant post will successfully fuse with the jawbone. In some cases, we’re even able to attach an immediate load denture on the same day as the implant procedure. That’s why you may hear All-on-4 treatment referred to as teeth-in-a-day.
Who Should Consider All-on-4?
Any patient who is missing all of their natural teeth along one or both arches or patients whose remaining teeth are showing signs of failure, may want to consider All-on-4 tooth replacement. Some examples of patients who may benefit from this tooth replacement option include:
- Patients who have had a traditional denture for one or more years and who may have experienced loss of gum tissue volume or jawbone density necessary to support a traditional implant denture
- Patients who have waited several years after tooth loss to try dental implant placement and have experienced diminished jawbone density
- Patients who have potentially immune suppressing health concerns that will decrease their chances of successfully completing implant placement surgery
- Patients who want the option to attach an immediate load denture, so they don’t have to spend time without replacement teeth
How Long do All-on-4 Dentures Last?
Like other forms of implant supported dentures, All-on-4 prosthetics can last a decade or longer with proper care. Because the implant posts provide the necessary stimulation to maintain natural gum tissue volume and jawbone density, you will not need to refit or replace the All-on-4 denture as often as a traditional denture.