It’s a common misconception for people to think that in order to replace an entire row of teeth, a dental implant will be needed for every single tooth. This idea alone makes those settle for a traditional denture, thinking they could never afford that many implants or undergo treatment that extensive. However, there is a solution that uses implants in an incredibly strategic way and doesn’t require nearly as many implants as you think.
To learn more about All-on-4 in Daytona Beach, keep reading!
What is All-on-4?
The All-on-4 dental implant treatment allows patients needing replacement teeth, particularly an entire arch, to do so quicker and more effectively than ever before. The concept was created by Dr. Paulo Malo and was first performed in 1998. Today, it’s seen as one of the most effective solutions for full-arch treatment using tilted dental implants.
This cost-efficient treatment does not necessarily require patients to undergo a bone graft, which is commonly told to those with less than desirable bone volume in order to place implants. Not only does it solve the issue of tooth loss more effectively, but it also makes it happen in a single appointment. That means you can visit the practice missing an entire arch and by the end of treatment, your smile is completely transformed. No need to live without teeth for several months at a time just to get dental implants.
How Does It Work?
All-on-4, also known as full-arch rehabilitation, works by using four implants strategically placed throughout the jaw to anchor a denture. Two straight anterior implants are placed towards the center of the jaw, while two implants placed at a 45-degree angle anchor the far ends of the denture. Patients who are eligible for immediate loading of implants can have this fixed bridge placed the same day as surgery.
Furthermore, because the implants are tilted, they’re more capable of utilizing more bone available in the jaw. This creates more outcomes where bone grafting is not necessary for placement.
What Are The Benefits?
By placing implants in this way, people can avoid the time-consuming process associated with bone grafting and other preparatory procedures. It also allows people to begin the healing process without dealing with missing teeth or relying on temporary devices while they heal.
Receiving a full-arch prosthesis helps people get used to their new smile right away, leading to more immediate function and a better looking smile more quickly. Eating, speaking and smiling can all come quicker with All-on-4!
Finally, this treatment is considered less costly than conventional implant treatments. In this case, the way in which you approach tooth loss is far more important than simply placing several implants and replacing teeth individually.
If you want the most effective solution for extensive tooth loss, contact a dentist today and ask about fitting dentures in Daytona Beach with dental implants!
About the Author
Dr. Gladston Silva earned his DDS degree from the University of Itauna and his DMD degree from NOVA Southeastern University. His specialization is prosthodontics and his expertise in implant dentistry is noted by his awards and fellowship from the Academy of Osseointegration, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the Congress of Oral Implantologists. To learn more about his practice, you can contact him through his website.