All-on-4® Treatment Concept
Some of our patients who currently wear dentures have asked us about the All-on-4 Treatment Concept, used in conjunction with implants. If you feel like you can benefit from this dental procedure, book an appointment here at Widner Elite Oral Surgery and Dental Implants today. You can find out further details below as well.
What Is the All-on-4® Treatment Concept?
The All-on-4® treatment concept serves as a cost-effective, bone graftless solution, as it provides a patient with a fixed full-arch restoration on the day of implant surgery. For edentulous patients, this prosthetic is a positive solution dentally. Only 4 implants are used to fix and hold the prosthesis.
How Can You Add a Fixed Denture With Only 4 Implants?
We only need to place four implants, as we angle the two back implants, so they receive optimized jawbone support, even when the bone has lost some of its density. By using this approach, we can provide a better distribution of the implants along the alveolar ridge. This, in turn, maximizes load distribution, which allows us to add a restoration of up to 12 implants. Moreover, the abutments for the implants feature various collar heights to support the thickness of soft tissue.
Is the Prosthesis I Receive After Implant Surgery Temporary?
The prosthesis that you receive after the implant procedure is normally made of all-acrylic and is considered provisional. When a final prosthesis or dentures are made, we offer both fixed and fixed-removable prostheses.
Why the All-on-4 Treatment Concept is Popular With Dental Patients
Two factors cause patients to prefer All-on-4 for their dental needs. Because we tilt the posterior implants, the time spent on bone grafting is avoided and the fixed temporary prosthesis shortens the time for getting new teeth.
How Is an Evaluation for Treatment Made?
Treatment planning begins with restoration in mind. Once we have done this, we evaluate the quantity of available bone. We also review the presence or amount of soft and hard tissue. This helps us determine the type of prosthesis needed. An identification of the transition line, or where the prosthesis meets the soft tissue, is used to determine aesthetics. We can also formulate a treatment plan by relying on 3D software to evaluate potential implant sites.
What Factors Do You Consider When Determining the Type of Prosthesis?
When determining whether a fixed or removable prosthesis should be recommended, we consider a number of factors. These factors include lip support, smile lines, incisal edge, restorative space, occlusion, and surface tissue.
In addition, it is important to inspect the amount of soft tissue and hard tissue loss, as the remaining alveolar bone will direct the treatment plan. If you have mild-to-moderate bone resorption or loss, All-on-4 should be considered an option, if not a solution, for the wearing of dentures.
We know that this new concept in implant dentistry will continue to be popular, based on its quick placement and lower cost. Why not call Widner Elite Oral Surgery and Dental Implants at (737) 309-4351 to see how we can benefit your implant dental needs.