All on 4 dental implants are a novel surgical solution for patients who have lost most or all of their teeth. The all on four denture is suitable for the replacement of a full set of teeth both on the upper and lower jaw of the patient. Because this dental restoration technique involves that implants are placed strategically and in certain angles, only four titanium implants are needed, which provide enough stability and strength to support a fixed full bridge. No more wobbly removable dentures and reduced chewing functionality! All on four dentures will restore lost chewing functionality, so you can once again enjoy your favourite meals.
How do all-on-4 dental implants compare to natural teeth, and which are the advantages and disadvantages of this dental restoration technique? Find out more on dental implant retained denture – an option for many dental patients.
Benefits of all-on-4 dentures
These type of dentures come with many advantages for patients among which improved aesthetics, durability, and natural chewing functionality are some of the most important.
- All-on-four dentures are a perfect solution for patients who have lost all of their teeth on their upper or lower jaw, and don’t want to opt for removable dentures that may not fit well, become wobbly with time, or don’t provide the same chewing functionality as natural teeth;
- Both the lower jaw and the upper jaw can be restored with this technique, however, two more titanium implants may be needed for the upper jaw;
- All-on-4 dental implants may be a good solution even for patients who have periodontal diseases or bone recession;
- Given that only 4 implants are necessary on the lower jaw, healing time and surgical procedures are also reduced;
- Lower overall costs and increased durability;
- Improved aesthetics and chewing functionality.
Disadvantages of all-on-4 dentures
Apart from the many benefits lined up in favour of all-on-4 dental implants, there are a few drawbacks as well:
- Not all patients qualify for this procedure;
- The procedure is considered under-engineered by some professionals due to the low number of dental implants that are used;
- In the molar area, where the bite force is usually the highest, no implants are placed;
- There is a risk of implant failure, however, the risk is small.
Who is the ideal candidate for all-on-4 dentures?
Patients with diabetes, heavy smokers, patients who have very advanced bone recession usually don’t qualify for all-on-four procedure, or at least not without certain measures that have to be carried out first (e.g. bone augmentation). Sometimes patients that don’t qualify for the procedure are advised to opt for the conventional 6 to 8 implants instead of the all-on-4.
Patients with enough bone density, patients without any gum diseases or other conditions that may compromise the success of the implants (e.g. diabetes), non-smokers and patients with a generally good health condition are ideal candidates for all-on-fours. In some cases, even patients with low bone density can be ideal candidates, however, bone grafting will be necessary, which will increase the overall time of the procedure.
In each case, during an initial assessment, the dentist will evaluate if patients are good candidates for this procedure, and will suggest alternative treatment plans if they don’t meet the necessary prerequisites for an implant supported denture.
How about the price of implant supported full mouth dentures?
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