All-on-Four is an innovative dental procedure that was developed in the mid to late 1990's, as a more efficient way to use implants in both jaws. It is especially effective for upper jaw implants because it enable the use of stronger, longer implants in the back of the jaw.
With the All-on-Four dental procedure a qualified patient can receive a full row of prosthetic teeth, anchored only with four titanium implants!. The implants are placed so that the bone will grow around the implants, and secure them in place. The back implants are angulated, therefore taking maximum advantage of existing bone.
The All-on-Four dental procedure has become very appealing to many because of how quickly the permanent implants can be placed. Traditionally, restoring a full arch of teeth involved the use of six or more implants, and bone grafts. Also, for the patient, that would mean having as much as 18 months of treatment in which they would have to go without any teeth, or have to wear ill-fitting temporary dentures for more than a year. One appeal of the All-on-Four dental procedure is that some patients who where ineligible for traditional dental implants are now eligible. Also, with only four implants, the surgery is less invasive and lengthy, the procedure also does not typically require bone grafts, and a patient can receive a full set of fixed, functioning teeth in just one appointment!
The comfort and fit of the new teeth is ensured by the use of a computer program. Typically, the patient has one or two visits to the office where information is gathered (e.g. CAT scan, x-rays, dental impressions, photos). Computer simulation is used to determine the best fit of the prosthetic teeth. During the appointment for implantation, the oral surgeon is able to fit and adjust the new teeth in that one appointment. Occasional check-ups over the next several weeks and months will be needed to ensure that the implants have fused to the natural bone, and the gums are healed.
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