What is All-on-4?
Often when teeth are lost or if severe gum disease is present, patients will experience bone loss to some extent. This usually means that a bone graft is necessary before dental implants can be placed. All-on-4™ is a special type of implant denture that uses four dental implants to make the most use of available bone. Once the implants are in place, a set of dentures can be attached for immediate use. This is a highly successful technique that has been utilized for over a decade with positive results. In fact, there is over a 98 percent success rate at the four year mark.
More About All on 4
If you have several missing teeth or perhaps currently use traditional dentures, All-on-4 dentures might just be the solution for you. Like implants, the teeth are as natural as can be, and require the same level of care. After surgery, you’ll be able to use them immediately, without any pain or long recovery periods. It’s an immediate fix—with no catch, as it has long term use.
Most candidates likely have experienced some bone loss—caused by perhaps traditional dentures or gum disease, meaning that a bone graft is necessary. All-on-4 makes the best use of any available bone with only four implants, and because of this, a bone graft isn’t always necessary! Our dentists use computer technology in order to determine where to place the implants, and then decide on a surgical treatment plan for you.
How does it work?
The All-on-4™ implant denture technique uses only four specifically placed implants to make the most use out of the patient’s available bone mass. In most cases, we are able to forgo bone grafting which makes this a perfect solution for patients with bone loss. Before the procedure, Dr. Tan, Dr. Crosby and Dr. Siu Ng will spend time analyzing your jaw bone with Computerized planning software to determine which areas have the highest bone density. Once the placement has been determined, you will be consulted about the surgical treatment plan. On the day of the surgery, you will be anesthetized and sedated.
Then, two implants are placed in the front of the mouth at about 90º while two additional implants are placed in the back at about 30º. This method is designed to increase the bone to implant contact and provide improved support. If you have experienced bone loss in the jaw, you may still be a candidate for implant supported dentures. To learn more about All-on-4™ dental implants in Barrie, Ontario, contact Dr. Tan to schedule your consultation today!