To say that the All-on-4 procedure has revolutionized dentistry would be an understatement. If you told someone from 20 years ago that they could get a full set of permanent teeth replacements in a single day, they wouldn’t have believed it. As our resident expert, Dr. Xochipilli Bojorquez can attest to, it’s a process that can turn a life around, improving the patient’s health and quality of life.
The secret behind all-on-4 implants
What makes the process such a marvelous wonder is its simplicity; the “secret” lies in the way the implants are placed, instead of being perpendicular to the ground, the implant are set in a fixed angle; this allows an optimal distribution of the force inflicted by the bite, as such, the energy is evenly dispersed along the jawline. It’s the same principle behind the fact that chairs with a slight bent on their legs tend to last a lot longer than the straight-legged counterparts.
This is also the reason why the dentist only needs to place 4 implants on the jawline (in fact, that’s where the name comes from, all-on-4, all teeth on 4 implants). That means that the process is a lot faster than a regular full mouth restoration, in fact, it’s done in a single visit.
It just takes one visit
You won’t be getting your final denture right away; instead, while the wounds heal, and the denture is crafted at the laboratory, the dentist will place a temporal denture; but don’t sweat it, it’s quite comfortable, and you will barely notice the difference.
The success rate of the all-on-4 is about 98% and longitudinal studies have proven that they tend to last a lifetime; this in big part, is because the patient is adequately educated on what to do on the following weeks. A good outcome means following the aftercare procedures to the letter. Since we need the wounds to heal and the implants to be fixed sturdily in place, a soft diet is a necessity for the first few weeks. Eating hard foods could ruin the implants, and even worse, cause further damage which will require other procedures, such as bone grafts.
And just to make it even better and All-on-4 is pretty affordable; in the end you will be using fewer materials, you won’t need additional procedures, and you only have to do one visit. This means less money, a less traumatic experience, and quicker path to a better life.