All-on-4 dental implants aren’t actually a type of dental implant. All-on-4 is actually a technique or protocol rather than a type of dental implant. The technique was developed in Europe by Dr. Paulo Malo together with Nobel Biocareo for the placement and restoration of full arches of upper and/or lower teeth. It can be an ideal tooth replacement solution when a patient has numerous teeth in either their upper and/or lower arches that are missing or unrestorable. Four or more dental implants are placed in the jaw bone. The full arch of replacement teeth is then secured to these dental implants. Doing so allows for the replacement of your complete arch of upper or lower teeth on the day of your procedure. The teeth are non-removable, look and feel like natural teeth, and can provide the added benefit of preserving the bone structure of your jaw. Many people refer to All-on-4 dental implants but they should really be referring to the All-on-4 or All-on-4 technique.
Using the All-on-4 technique, we can provide our patients with beautiful, functional non-removable teeth. There is no requirement of a lengthy wait of six months for implants to integrate. Moreover, this technique usually allows us to avoid bone grafting. Bone grafting can add an additional year to the timeline. Patients also report significant discomfort from procedures such as hip grafts. On the day they receive their All-on-4 dental implants, patients typically leave with entire arches of non-removable teeth.
Full arch replacements are an excellent alternative to wearing conventional dentures. These protocols can alleviate so much of what people dislike about the more conventional appliance. Some of the benefits of all on four dental implants include:
No slippage or sore spots
The look and feel of natural teeth
Regaining almost all of your natural chewing and biting ability
The ability to eat the foods you want to eat instead of the foods your dentures will allow you to eat
The preservation of the bone in your jaw
Not having your dentures removed if ever checking into a hospital
Learn to love your smile again. Get back to savouring your favourite foods. Enjoy the feeling of attractive, healthy, non-removable teeth. If that sounds like music to your ears, then you may be a good candidate for full-mouth dental implants from Stittsville Braces. While laypeople may refer to this dental solution as full mouth dental implants, our procedure is better known within the industry as two full arches of non-removable, implant-supported, prosthetic teeth.
Due to the permanence of dental implants, patients won’t experience the anxiety and discomfort so often associated with wearing dentures. Just imagine no more sore spots or sliding from side to side. You won’t have to worry about the potential embarrassment of your dentures slipping out while you sneeze or speak. Enjoy a social life once again, have dinner with friends or even swim in the ocean.
In addition to improving your appearance and confidence, dental implants can also help prevent bone loss or resorption of the jaw, something that often plagues denture wearers as they age.
Full mouth dental implants are sometimes called All-on-4 or All-on-5 or All-on-6 implants. They essentially support a prosthesis that replaces all of your missing teeth in one arch (upper or lower). This process minimizes the total number of full-mouth dental implants needed. The 4, 5, or 6 implants work together as a team to support your new prosthetic teeth.
There are several benefits that full-mouth dental implants can offer to patients. Some include:
Fewer dental implants required
Replacing all of the teeth at once
Improved bone quality
Support of a permanent prosthetic appliance
Make use of the better bone available
Dental bridges have long been used to replace missing teeth. A bridge is a restoration that has one or two false teeth suspended between two crowns. It is made of porcelain so that it matches your surrounding teeth. Porcelain is durable as well as aesthetically pleasing.
Before dental implants, bridges were anchored onto natural teeth. This meant that the anchoring teeth had to be ground down so that restoration could be cemented over them. It also meant that there had to be enough healthy teeth to support the bridge. Bridges were not options if the anchoring teeth were decayed, mobile or had gum disease. Placing a bridge onto teeth like this would simply result in premature failure of the bridge.
Instead, implant-supported dental bridges need no natural teeth. Each end of the bridge is supported by an individual dental implant. Implant-supported dental bridges are ideal in situations where there are several missing teeth. They allow you to replace more teeth than a traditional bridge. As many as three to five teeth can be replaced at once. That’s because implants are extremely strong and can support more weight than a real tooth. (Even a full mouth denture can be supported by as few as 4 to 6 implant roots.)
Traditional bridges wear out. New decay develops around the supporting teeth. Bone loss can make them become mobile. Most traditional bridges have to be replaced every 10 years or so. Over a few decades, you may wind up paying for 2 or 3 bridges. Constantly re-fitting the bridge over the supporting teeth wears them down. Eventually, there is not enough tooth enamel to work with. Even one tooth having problems will make it impossible for the other healthy tooth to support the bridge. Thus, traditional bridges are riskier than having a single implant or implant-supported bridge installed.
Implant-supported dental bridges last longer than conventional bridges. In most cases, the implants supporting the bridge will last up to an entire lifetime. Proper care and maintenance is key. Even if the bridge itself wears out, the underlying implants should not need additional work. They are considered to be the longest-lasting tooth replacement option available. As new bone fuses around them, the implants become secured into the jaw. This also enhances the bone quality surrounding the implant.
Replacing your missing teeth with a bridge helps you preserve your natural tooth spacing. Otherwise, the teeth will start to move. As you bite and chew, the other teeth drift out of place. Not only can this lead to abnormal wear to your teeth, it can also contribute to aesthetic concerns. The sooner the missing teeth are replaced, the less likely tooth movement is to take place.
Implant-supported dentures withstand the forces of biting and chewing much better than conventional dentures. The dental implants support your new teeth. They do not rest or rub on your gums. Your new teeth don’t rock. Your new teeth don’t rub. You will experience improved confidence. Know that your teeth will remain in place while you speak, eat or laugh. For upper arches, you will experience a significantly improved ability to taste your food since the palate or roof of your mouth is not covered.
Dental implant-supported dentures obviously require the placement of dental implants. A benefit of conventional dentures is that implants can help prevent shrinkage of the jaw bone. This is because chewing allows the implants to stimulate the jawbone, which in turn prevents bone resorption or shrinkage.
At Stittsville Braces, full-arch restoration involves replacing the teeth from either the upper arch, lower arch or both. Four to six dental implants will be placed into the jaw and your new, non-removable teeth will then be secured to these implants. As its name suggests, the “Same Day Teeth” technique allows us to complete your procedure in only one day. This includes placement of the dental implants as well as the insertion of your new implant-supported teeth.
At our Dental Implant Centre, our main focus is providing an easy, permanent solution both for people with failing teeth and those who are tired of wearing dentures. We can help you regain the health and vitality of your smile by providing permanent, non-removable teeth in only a day. The “Same Day Teeth” technique achieves excellent aesthetic results and typically requires no waiting for implants to integrate.
This procedure replaces a full arch of either upper or lower teeth and is an ideal solution when several teeth in an arch are missing or unhealthy.
This procedure is recommended when both arches need to be replaced.
In this case, one or more individual teeth are replaced. In some cases, bridges are affixed to dental implants.
We offer three permanent replacement solutions to suit many different levels of tooth loss. All three procedures revolve around implants, which are placed in the jaw and then fitted with abutments that are used to attach the new, non-removable teeth to the implants. Patients are sedated during the procedure to ensure maximum comfort and typically go home the same day with permanent teeth.
A single tooth implant is an ideal solution for individuals who are missing individual teeth. The replaced tooth will look and function like a natural tooth. You will help be able to regain confidence in your smile. Speak and smile again without worrying about your missing tooth.
An additional benefit to a single tooth implant is that it can help prevent bone loss. This can not be accomplished by wearing a conventional dental bridge. That is because the implant stimulates the bone, through regular chewing and biting, which helps to stave off deterioration of the jaw.
Prior to your procedure day, patients come in for a consultation. They meet with the Surgeon and Treatment Coordinator. An impression appointment is then booked and all necessary medical reviews and paperwork are completed.
On the day of your procedure, you will be greeted and put at ease by our friendly staff. The single-tooth implant typically requires a 1-2 hour procedure, including recovery time. We will normally place a temporary crown on the implant on the day of surgery so that you will leave our office with a new smile.
After four to six months, the temporary crown will be replaced with a final crown. Afterward, you will see your doctor for periodic checkups.