All on 4 Implants
The All on 4 implant system is also known as Teeth in a Day and Same Day Teeth, and it is one of the most advanced restorative options available today. This is a technique that enables a full arch of teeth to be replaced with just 4 dental implants – compared to the traditional need of 6 to 8 implants with conventional full arch implant treatment – which can then be used to support a bridge or denture to complete the smile transformation. This is a unique procedure that is often cheaper and quicker to perform than traditional dental implant procedures, which is even able to alleviate the necessity for bone grafting and multiple appointments in many cases.
The Teeth in a Day procedure allows for only 4 implants to be used to sustain a full set of dentures because of the manner in which the implants are placed. Owing to extreme precision and strategic placement, All on 4 implants can provide maximum stability and support. This is an excellent alternative to other forms of dental implants, such as root-form and plate-form implants, and can be completed in just a single day.
How are they different?
All on 4 implants are actually similar to the normal screw-like implants you will find being used in many implant procedures, but what makes the All on 4 method so unique is how the implants are positioned at a specific angle in the jaw bone. Two implants at the front of the mouth will be positioned at the normal angle of 90 degrees, while the two implants at the back of the mouth will be placed at a 45 degree angle. This means that more bone is utilised in the stabilisation and support of the implant, allowing for a whole set of teeth to be replaced rather than fewer teeth.
Are 4 implants always used?
Depending on your circumstances it is not uncommon for the dentist to use up to six implants to ensure complete stability. This will differ according to the condition of your mouth and the experience of your dentist, but the majority of patients will be able to enjoy a new smile with just 4 implants. Also, if you are a patient who has been informed in the past that you cannot have other types of implants, there is still a good chance that you will be able to receive Teeth in a Day dental implant treatment.
Is the All on 4 dental implant technique reliable?
The All on 4 implant system is based on a combination of computer simulation, clinical research and bio-mechanics. The brainchild of Nobel Biocare and dental practitioner, Dr Paulo Malo from Portugal, All on 4 implants have been recovering smiles in dentistry for over ten years and have lessened the need for invasive procedures such as bone grafting. It offers patients a safe and cost effective method of replacing teeth that offers immediate results. As long as you choose a dental practitioner who has experience with this procedure, you should be able to look forward to first-rate results.
What happens before the procedure?
Before you are approved for the All on 4 implant procedure your dentist will need to examine the condition of your jaw bone and gums. This is to make sure that the bone and tissue are dense enough to hold the implants in place. This will involve the use of x-rays, impressions and, in some cases, a CT scan. Your dentist will also need to check on your previous dental history. If your dentist believes that you are a good candidate for the procedure they will explain it to you in detail and what it will involve. Your dentist may decide that it is necessary to remove existing teeth, in order to allow room to manoeuvre and clear the designated area where the implant is to be inserted. A bone graft may also be performed if there is insufficient bone to hold the implants securely, though the All on implant technique has lessened the need for this procedure.
What happens during the procedure?
The implants will be inserted into the jaw bone, of which the two at the front of the mouth will be placed at the normal angle of 90 degrees and the two at the back of the mouth at the angle of 45 degrees. This is done to maximise linkage to the intact bone structure of the jaw. Abutments will then be joined to the implants, which are components that link the implants to the bridge or denture to be used, on which the new teeth will be attached. Adjustments may be made to ensure they fit correctly and your overall comfort. This is a great deal less invasive and protracted procedure compared to the traditional implant technique.
What happens after the procedure?
After the procedure a temporary set of teeth will be fitted while the implants and bone fuse together. These teeth might be a set of dentures or a dental bridge depending on your condition. You will then be required to return for post-treatment consultations, in order to ensure that you are well and the implants are working correctly. After enough time has passed and your dentist is happy with your progress – usually at around six months – a permanent set of teeth will be connected to the dental implant abutments.
What are the advantages of the All on 4 method?
Same Day Teeth offers the patient a wealth of benefits, including:
- It is possible to begin eating shortly after the procedure.
- You will have a permanent fixture in place for the foreseeable future.
- The All on 4 implant system is less painful than other procedures.
- Only 4 dental implants are needed to give you a full arch of teeth in most cases.
- The All on 4 dental implant technique can be completed in just a single day.
How much does All on 4 implant treatment cost?
The price range for Same Day Teeth tends to be in the region of £8500 and £14,000. However, as with most dental treatments the price of the procedure will be affected by a number of factors, including:
- The dental practice where you choose to have your treatment carried out will have an adverse affect on the price. Some locations bring with them a higher cost due to local rent and such.
- The level of experience and expertise of your dentist. A more experienced practitioner will often charge more money, but they will have a greater level of expertise in this area which could improve the treatment's success.
- The implant structure used at the practice you visit will have an impact on the price of treatment, including the kinds of diagnostic tests and software used.
- The final restoration you choose to use alongside your Same Day Teeth will have an impact on price. E.g. Will you choose a denture or bridge? Would you use choose a porcelain or acrylic restoration? These are factors you can discuss with your dentist before beginning treatment.