All on 4® Dental Implants
Tooth loss is a serious event that has major consequences. Some of these effects are noticeable, while others are not, at least not right away.
One of the most obvious consequences of tooth loss is the impact those missing teeth have on your smile. With your smile diminished, your confidence can plummet.
Tooth loss affects your ability to bite and chew, making eating a challenge.
Your speech is affected, making it harder for others to understand you.
There are also consequences that are not readily apparent. Under the gums, tooth loss affects your jawbone. Teeth provide stimulation for the jawbone, which triggers the body to send essential nutrients. Without teeth, stimulation is lessened, and fewer nutrients are sent. The bone begins to grow weak.
Dental implants are a popular treatment for tooth loss and the only one that can stop the bone loss that follows tooth loss. However, sufficient bone mass is needed to successfully support implants. At Timothy H. Kindt, DDS, we can help with the All-on-4® Treatment Concept.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the latest in tooth replacement options. A versatile treatment, implants can be used to replace any number of missing teeth, whether it's just one or you have lost many.
The implants themselves are small titanium rods, which are surgically implanted into the jawbone. The bone fuses to the implants as you heal, a process known as osseointegration.
When osseointegration is complete, the rods are held firmly in your jaw and are used to provide stable support for your replacement crowns, which are affixed to the implants permanently with screws.
What Is the All-on-4® Treatment Concept?
Normally, if you lose an entire arch of teeth, an implant-supported denture is used. This treatment involves the implantation of 6 to 8 dental implants in the jaw, all of which work together to support your arch of replacement teeth.
However, bone loss after tooth loss is a natural occurrence. Having sufficient bone mass is imperative for the success of your implants. Too little bone mass means that it is not enough for successful osseointegration to occur properly, and the risk of implant failure increases.
With an implant supported denture, even if one implant fails, the entire restoration is compromised.
It used to be that if you had lost too much bone mass in your jaw, you either had to undergo an invasive bone graft before undergoing implant surgery, or you would be stuck with dentures. Today, there is another option.
The All-on-4® Treatment Concept has been developed to provide dental implants to those who have lost too much bone mass for a regular implant supported denture.
Instead of 6 to 8 implants, this treatment relies on only 4.
Why Are Fewer Implants Better?
The success of All-on-4® Treatment Concept implants is not in the number of implants but in their placement.
Two of the implants are set vertically in the front of the jaw. There is naturally more bone mass in this region.
The other two implants are placed at the back of the jaw. These two are implanted at a 45-degree angle. This helps to maximize contact between your bone and implant, increasing the chances of successful osseointegration.
In the upper jaw, the angle of the back two implants helps to avoid the sinus cavities, preventing the need for a sinus lift. Successful treatment with All-on-4® Treatment Concept implants provides you with strong, stable new teeth that are fully functional and look completely natural.
The Benefits of All-on-4® Treatment Concept
All-on-4® Treatment Concept dental implants have the same benefits as other types of dental implants. They restore the functions of your mouth, making things like eating and speaking easier. They provide a natural, beautiful appearance that restores your smile and your confidence. Moreover, the implants stimulate the jaw, helping it to maintain its strength and shape. Other benefits of All-on-4® Treatment Concept implants include:
|Less surgery. Only four implants are placed rather than 6 to 8. This means your surgery is shorter.
|Shorter recovery. With fewer implants, there is less trauma to your tissues and bone. Your recovery period is typically shorter.
|There is no need for bone grafts or a sinus lift.
|You avoid the need for traditional dentures.
|These dental implants have a 98 percent success rate.
|They have a long lifespan and stand up well to bite force.
All on 4 FAQ's
How Do All-on-4 Implants Work?
All-on-4® Treatment Concept is a type of complete denture that is designed to sit on four individual implants rather than the many more you would need for traditional implant-supported dentures. It is a less invasive option than other types of implants. The treatment happens in two steps. First, we insert the four individual implants, and then we place the denture.
Who Needs All-on-4 Implants?
All-on-4® Treatment Concept is an option for patients looking for complete dentures, not partials. Generally speaking, these patients are already using traditional dentures and would like an easier option. We can use this treatment for patients with a fully developed jawbone, given that they have good overall and oral health.
How Long Does It Take to Get All-on-4 Dental Implants?
This procedure requires surgery, and both the duration of the surgery and recovery time will differ for every individual patient.
In general, the surgery lasts about two to three hours. We will give you both local and general anesthesia, the effects of which will last for a few hours after surgery. You will meet with our oral surgeon for a consultation prior to surgery to discuss the details.
To begin the surgery, Dr. Kindt creates an incision over the site where we will place the implant.
We will need to cut the gum and bone tissue, as well as possibly needing to remove some of your tissue. We will place your implant in your lower jaw and repeat the process for each of them.
We will let your jaw heal for about six months so that the swelling can decrease, and the implants will fuse with your tissues.
You will have temporary dentures at this time. Once you heal fully, we can place your permanent denture.
How Do You Clean All-on-4 Dental Implants?
Maintenance is similar to oral hygiene for natural teeth, which includes brushing and flossing every day.
Read More About Maintaining Dental Implants
Schedule a Consultation With Your Mesa, AZ Dentist Today!
All-on-4® Treatment Concept implants enable you to reap the benefits of dental implants without the need for an invasive bone graft procedure first. Call Timothy H. Kindt, DDS, today for more information and to schedule your consultation at (480) 939-5818.