What Are All on Four Dental Implants?
All on Four is a technique used for the placement of dental implants, which was developed by Portuguese dentist Dr. Paulo Malo in cooperation with Nobel Biocare. This implant procedure was developed through the use of computer simulation, clinical research and bio-mechanics to determine the most efficient way to restore a full lower or upper arch of teeth. All on 4 dental implants placement is a procedure that results to extremely efficient restorative solutions for missing teeth in the shortest period of time, without the need for bone grafts.
What’s Involved in All on 4 Dental Implants?
To determine the suitability of a patient for All on 4 dental implants, a thorough evaluation will first be done by the dentist; this can include getting impressions, bone density measurement, x-rays and CT scans. The procedure for placing All on Four dental implants utilizes four implants, with the ones placed at the back of the mouth angled in such a way that they maximise the existing bone in those specific areas. The implants used in the All on Four procedures are developed to provide support for the immediate fitting of replacement teeth. Patients who are qualified for this procedure can get the implants successfully placed, as well as a complete set of replacement teeth, in a single dental appointment.
Why Do I Need All on Four Dental Implants?
All on Four dental implants are great solutions for missing teeth for people who already have dentures, or for those who need full lower and/or upper restorations. The entire procedure – which includes the placement of the dental implants, and the immediate fitting of teeth restorations – can be completed in one appointment; this is a very convenient option for those who do not want to wait for a few months to enjoy their replacement teeth. Those who do not have sufficient bone mass to support dental implants will also benefit from All on Four dental implants – and they do not have to go through an invasive bone grafting procedure.
What Are the Benefits of All on 4 Dental Implants?
The procedure of All on Four dental implants provides patients with replacement teeth in a single appointment – a huge improvement compared to traditional dental implants placement which can take a few months to be completed. This procedure is considered to be less invasive, as there is no need for bone grafts anymore – even if the patient has an issue with insufficient bone mass. One can enjoy the placement of dental implants and have the replacement teeth after one appointment, with no long waiting periods in between the two stages of the procedure.
What Are the Alternatives to All on Four Dental Implants?
Bone Grafts – A bone grafting procedure can be done improve the bone mass of the jaw area, so it can support the placement of dental implants.
Traditional Dental Implants – Dental implants that are placed in the “traditional” way can be used to restore a full arch, and may involve bone grafts (to improve the bone density in the area, to provide support for the implants); the procedure will be completed after a few months to allow the area to heal, before the teeth restorations can be fitted.
Dentures – Dentures can be used to replace missing teeth, without the need for dental implants placement.
How Much Can All on 4 Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of All on 4 dental implants will depend on a number of factors; these factors include: diagnostic tests and/or software used, the implant system used, skill and experience of the implant dentist, the final teeth restoration quality (dental bridges vs. dentures; porcelain vs. acrylic), and the clinic’s location. The approximate cost starts at £8500 per arch to around £30000 for both arches, if done at the same time.
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