In this article, we are going to introduce what all-on-4 dental implants are and why they might be a good option for you.
First, let’s understand where the need for such a product originates. While it’s fair to say that a vast majority of dental issues do not affect a person’s daily life, some dental problems (i.e., tooth decay and gum diseases) can drastically affect a person’s capacity to communicate, consume food and socialise properly. In a situation like this, the person may require a more permanent solution to their dental worries.
Various dental conditions lead to people losing some or all of their teeth. For some people, this happens gradually over many years; for others, it happens overnight. As with many diseases, age is a significant factor, with studies showing that one in every five people over 65 will struggle with toothlessness at some point in their later life. Even scarier is that approximately 15.5% of adults in Western countries suffer from “severe” tooth loss (aka you have fewer than 21 teeth).
While crowns and removable dentures can help people who struggle with toothlessness, most people are not happy with these dental solutions over the long-term. The vast majority prefer a permanent solution, such as having dental implants fixed to their mouth.
As such, implants are an excellent option for people who want fixed dental teeth inserted into their mouth. Typically, these dental implants require non-metal screws to be attached to the jawbone, thus affixing crowns or bridges permanently onto the upper and lower jaws.
However, this traditional method of dental implant surgery requires that every crown receive an implant. Which as you can imagine for people with multiple teeth loss, can add up to a lot of implants. Let’s not forget that there are 32 teeth in the human mouth!
The trouble is, the more times you drill into a jawbone the more you compromise its over health and strength. This is precisely why all-on-4 dental implants were developed in the first place, to provide a full-arch treatment plan with minimal implants.
Let’s discuss in detail exactly what “all-on-4” treatment is. This highly popular option replaces the entire upper or lower row of teeth in the mouth with advanced dental implants. The beauty is that they allow the patient to get a full-arch of teeth with just four implants (see above photo).
Compared to other fixed dental treatment options, all-on-4 dental implants are minimally invasive and have a very high success rate. This treatment has significant benefits over other forms of tooth replacement, such as the following:
- The implants function just like real teeth.
- The implants are significantly cheaper than other full-arch restoration options.
- Patients can get all the implants affixed to their jawbone on a single visit.
- As it’s a minimally invasive procedure, the patient will heal and recover quickly.
- Patients can get a full-arch restoration of teeth with just four implants.
- The implants do not require bone grafting; they only use the existing
- The implants increase the long-term oral health of patients.
The implants reduce the likelihood of future dental issues, such as periodontitis