What is All-on-Four?
All-on-Four was developed as an efficient method for replacing multiple missing teeth. With this process, we are able to restore an entire top or bottom set of teeth with only four implants. The All-On-4 procedure is also valuable because temporary acrylic teeth are screwed onto the implants immediately after surgery. This means the patient will typically have full use of his or her mouth that same day. Once the implants have properly healed, a new set of acrylic teeth are attached permanently.
Am I a Candidate for All-on-Four?
If you have a number of missing or failing teeth on either the top or bottom of your mouth, then you could be a candidate for the procedure. As with all procedures, we will need to do a comprehensive analysis to determine whether or not All-on-4 is right for you. This analysis includes an overview of your medical and dental history, as well as a thorough examination of the gums and any remaining teeth.
If your dental and medical health is deemed fit for the procedure, you will discuss your expectations, go over the timeline, and review how the All On Four procedure can restore function, speech, aesthetics, sense, and self-esteem.
The All-on-Four Procedure
A patient will not typically be put under for this procedure, but the area will be thoroughly numb to make sure you will not feel any pain or discomfort. Then, four implants will be set into the bone - two near the front and one on either side in the back of the mouth.
Afterward, a set of temporary teeth will be attached that will be usable after the surgery. When the implant has completely healed and fused to the bone, about three or four months later, you will come back in to remove the temporary teeth and replace them with your new, permanent set of teeth.