All-on-4 vs. Conventional dental implants

All-on-4 vs. Conventional dental implants

Posted by Dr. Shirley Zao on Dec 15 2020, 10:51 AM

Dental implants are most often the first recommendation made by dentists when you wish to get a missing tooth restored. This is owing to the various advantages they offer, such as better bone health, excellent stability, impressive longevity, and seamless aesthetics. But, were you aware that dental implants can also be used to restore multiple teeth? Yes - dental implants can be used as All-on-4 restorations to replace all the teeth in an entire jaw ridge, making them highly convenient.

How many implants are required for All-on-4?

As the name suggests, four implants would be sufficient to restore all the teeth of an entire jaw. Many of us would find this unbelievable, as a single implant stud would ideally support a ceramic crown in the case of conventional dental implants. In the case of all-on-4, implants are placed in the jawbone in such a way that denture-like prostheses can be held firmly in place by just four implants. The implant studs would differ in structure and are mostly placed at the back of the jaw ridge. This ensures maximum contact between the implant and the bone, giving it the strength to hold the prostheses stable. It also eliminates the need for a bone graft - which could be a crucial criterion for conventional single-tooth implants.

What are the advantages of traditional implants?

  • Dental implants are placed in the jawbone right in place of the missing tooth. This completely fills the gap and keeps the adjoining teeth from drifting towards it.
  • Implants ensure better jawbone health as the grooves on the implant stud keep the bone from shrinking or deteriorating.
  • As implants are placed directly in the jawbone, they offer excellent stability and strength. With optimum care, they last for several years without any hassle.
  • The ceramic crowns placed over the implants are custom-fabricated to mimic the exact appearance of your natural teeth in terms of color, texture, contour, etc.

All-on-4 implants procedure

Did you know that placing All-on-4 implants would require just one visit to the dentist’s place? Yes! The entire procedure of placing the implants, fabricating the prosthetic teeth, and placing them on the implants can be completed during the same consultation. Initially, the dentist will thoroughly diagnose your oral condition and determine your candidacy for All-on-4. Digital scans will be taken and used to construct a 3D digital impression of the teeth, which is used to fabricate the prosthetic teeth from dental-grade ceramic.

Once local anesthesia is administered, the dentist will remove any existing teeth and carefully place the implants in positions. Once they are secured with dental adhesives, we will place the ceramic teeth on them and ensure they fit well. If any changes are required, we will make them and fix the teeth permanently to the implants. You can visit our dental practice in the morning and walk out by evening just in time for dinner with an entirely transformed smile.

Please get in touch with us through online consultation or by calling us, and we’ll guide you further.

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