6 Common Questions About All-on-4 Implant Bridges, Answered
May 25, 2019

Dentist showing dental implants to the patient

All-on-4 dental implants are becoming more and more popular and for a good reason. All-on-4 dental implants are an easy way to replace missing teeth or dentures using modern technology and materials. This tooth replacement option is ideal for patients who have dentures or are missing many or most of your natural teeth.

Here are the six most common questions we frequently answer about All-on-4 implant bridges.


What Are All-on-4 Dental Implants?

Support an entire arch of your teeth using only four implants with All-on-4 dental implants. Able to be used on either the upper or lower jaw, this unique dental implant device instantly replaces missing teeth. All-on-4 implants look and feel similar to your natural teeth, and they also function normally just as your natural teeth do.


How Does All-on-4 Work?

All-on-4 consists of four titanium implants that are inserted into each jaw. These titanium implants act as a strong foundation for a bridge. A fixed set of teeth that look and feel like your natural teeth are then added to the implants to replace the teeth you are missing.

Patients with bone loss find that All-on-4 can be a great solution to their missing teeth. When the posterior implants are tilted at 45 degrees, it reduces the need for a bone grafting and can provide you with a set of teeth that are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. All-on-4 procedures take advantage of the denser bone that often remains in various parts of the jaw. The positioning is angled to avoid the nerve canal in the lower jaw and sinus cavities in the upper jaw.


What Does The Procedure Entail?

Many patients fear dental implants due to the uncertainty of what to expect. Prior to surgery, you will have one or two appointments with Premier Dental Center to develop a custom treatment plan. This may involve taking x-rays, photos, impressions, and other measurements. Following the consultation process, you will be scheduled for surgery implantation.

Here is what to expect during your implant procedure:

Step One: Your dentist will ensure your comfort by administering either a local or general anesthesia.

Step Two: Your mouth will then be prepared for implants, which involves removing your remaining teeth that are failing. Next, any diseased or infected tissue from your jaw and gums will be removed.

Step Three: The impression process will begin, and the titanium screws will be set into your jawbone. Most likely, two implants will be placed towards the front of your mouth and two towards the back of your mouth. These “anchors” will be able to withstand the force of the denture effectively.

Step Four: After the implants have been placed, the surgical site will be thoroughly cleaned and sutured at the point of all incisions.

Step Five: Your new teeth will be fitted and adjusted within 24 hours.

Step Six: You may need to return for checkups in the next few months to ensure the replacement teeth fit correctly. At the six-month mark, your gums should be fully healed and your implants fused to the natural jawbone.


How Is All-on-4 Different From Traditional Dental Implants?

All-on-4 dental implants do not require bone grafting and simply require four implants that can support the entire arch of dental restorations. Traditional dental implants may require up to eight single implants to support an entire arch of dental restorations. All-on-4 dental implants only use four implants in total because the two posterior implants are tilted at an angle that allows for longer implant posts. These implants offer the same durability and support of traditional implants but with faster treatment time.


What Are the Benefits of All-on-4?

As the name implies, All-on-4 only requires four implants. As a result, the procedure takes less time and generally does not require bone grafting.

Other distinguishable benefits of All-on-4 implants include:

  • More cost-effective than full-set implants
  • Fewer implants and only a single procedure
  • More comfortable and convenient than dentures
  • Minimally invasive
  • Greatly reduces the need for bone grafting
  • Natural looking
  • Long lasting (if cared for properly)
  • The process of extracting teeth, placing implants, and placing crowns are completed in a single visit

Is All-on-4 Right For Me?

All-in-4 treatment is typically recommended for patients who need to replace the majority of their natural teeth. They are also usually suitable for patients with low bone volume who cannot have a bone graft due to health conditions such as diabetes or osteoporosis. To find out if you are a candidate for All-on-4, schedule an evaluation appointment with Premier Dental Center today.