All-On-4 Dental Implants
If you have no natural teeth left and want dental implants, there can often be a problem in the lack of jawbone remaining. When you are missing teeth, your body will reabsorb the bone that used to support the teeth, since it perceives that bone to no longer be needed. There are two possible solutions to this.
Why All-On-4 Dental Implants?
You could have bone grafting done, but that’s expensive and takes months and multiple appointments. The All-On-4 Dental Implant procedure was designed by Portuguese dentist Dr. Paulo Maló for people who didn’t have the money for bone grafting or didn’t want to wait that long.
As you can see from the image on the left, the implants are placed at an angle in the anterior of the jaw in order to make up for the missing bone.
The Downside of All-On-4
While there is a national chain that pushes this method and tries to use it on all patients, regardless of their circumstances, it has some drawbacks. It’s important to Angel Dental Care that you understand the pros AND cons of any procedure.
It has sometimes been criticized as a short-cut. There is some merit to that criticism. The angle the implants are placed and lack of bone put stress on the implants. Plus, the lack of bone means smaller than normal implants must be placed. That also places undue stress on them. If one fails, the entire system will have to be replaced.
All-On-6 Dental Implants
To help offset this issue, there is another option available called all-on-6. This adds two implants, giving some additional stability and reducing the risk.
Replacing your teeth is a huge decision and patients often have questions as they decide which is the best option for their particular situation. We offer a complimentary consultation where we’ll explain your tooth replacement procedure options, including procedures not mentioned here, along with their pros and cons. Then you can decide if you want to commit to having a complete examination and x-rays.
If you need to replace your teeth or are unhappy with your dentures, you may call our office to schedule an appointment or click here to request an appointment online.