How is the All-On-4® Implant Dentures Procedure Performed?
While the nature of the procedure will vary for each patient depending on the quality of their bone density, the general protocol for All-On-4® Implant Dentures involves a consultation, during which our cosmetic dentist will perform comprehensive diagnostic tests to evaluate the bone and facial structure. This will help Dr. Rallis determine the best long-term solution for your needs. Following development of your treatment plan, the four implants will be meticulously placed at precise angles in areas with good, quality bone volume. A bone grafting procedure is not usually necessary.
To make the experience more comfortable, Dr. Rallis can utilize sedation dentistry options to induce a relaxed state during treatment. A set of transitional teeth will then be affixed to your mouth until the implants have fused to your jawbone. Many patients can use their current dentures as a temporary prosthesis. This treatment can typically be achieved in one day with no secondary appointment until the implants have fully integrated with your bone structure after a period of several months— once the implants have successfully fused, a more durable and custom-crafted prosthesis can be secured to the implants.
The success rate for All-On-4® Implant Dentures has proven to be very high and patients typically enjoy the ease with which they obtained their high-quality restoration. To further ensure the success of the implants, Dr. Rallis may recommend the All-On-6® technique for individuals requiring additional support for their prosthesis. This process is very similar to the All-On-4® treatment described above, with the distinction being that six implants are utilized rather than the usual four. All-On-6® is generally performed when a patient’s bone quality or density cannot properly accommodate the prosthesis with four implants.
Upper Arch Replacement
All-On-4® can be an exceptional solution to restore your upper arch with a set of fixed replacement teeth. The upper teeth are usually the most exposed part of your smile, making restoration of the top arch particularly valuable. As the bone density in the upper jaw tends to be less dense than the lower jaw, the aforementioned All-On-6® technique is sometimes utilized for the upper arch.
Lower Arch Replacement
As a key component of a strong and healthy bite, complete functionality of the lower teeth achieved with an anchored prosthesis can be vital to enjoying all types of food without difficulty. All-On-4® can provide the security necessary for a natural-looking and fully-functioning lower arch replacement. This restoration can help avoid changes to jaw and facial symmetry (as a result of empty space in the lower teeth), the shifting of surrounding teeth, and gum disease.
Full Mouth Restoration
If necessary, our dentists can perform full mouth reconstruction for an extensive smile transformation. A comprehensive treatment approach, full mouth restoration is designed to replace or repair teeth in the upper and lower arches. Depending on your unique needs, a combination of procedures may be utilized in accordance with the All-On-4® technique, including porcelain veneers or same-day dental crowns. Our experienced dental team will determine the most effective solution for you to renew your smile and allow an excellent final outcome.