If you are considering your options for replacing a full arch of teeth, it is likely that you have been presented with all-on-4 treatment. Today, we’re breaking down the most notable reasons to pursue all-on-4 treatment; continue reading to learn more.
What is All-on-4?
All-on-four is a revolutionary dental treatment method that allows patients to permanently and securely replace an entire arch of teeth - all at once.
In years past, the only solution for fully edentulous (no natural teeth present) patients was to pursue traditional dentures. In 2018, it was concluded that 1 in 12 Australian adults over the age of 45 are fully edentulous, and it is currently estimated that nearly half of all Australian adults over the age of 65 currently wear dentures.
While dentures are useful for replacing missing teeth and restoring the appearance of the smile, they typically require the use of denture adhesive, which can be sticky, messy, and inconvenient.
Traditional dentures may also rub on the patient’s gums, causing troublesome sore spots that make wearing the denture quite uncomfortable. Because they rest directly on the gums, they also rely on the patient’s natural bone density to help keep them firmly and comfortably in place. For patients with low bone density, this often means facing a greater struggle with loose of ill-fitting dentures, as there is nothing to help hold them in place.
Unfortunately, for many people, dentures may do the job of restoring the look of the smile, but they tend to fall short when it comes to comfort, convenience, and functionality.
Thankfully, all-on-4 dentures provide an excellent solution; rather than relying on the use of denture adhesive to keep the dentures inside the mouth, the dentures actually snap securely and comfortably into place over the top of four dental implants which are placed directly inside the jaw bone.
To help you have a more thorough understanding of how all-on-4 dental implants work, let’s first break down what happens during the placement procedure.
To begin your treatment, you will first receive a thorough implant consultation. During this consultation, the density and health of your jaw bone will be evaluated at length; this helps your dental professional determine if the bone would support the placement of dental implants. In most cases, a series of three-dimensional x-rays will be taken of your jaw bone to provide the most detailed information possible.
If you are confirmed to be a dental implant candidate, you will move forward with treatment. If there are any remaining natural teeth inside the mouth, they will be extracted. After a brief healing period, you will return to the clinic for your all-on-4 placement procedure.
To begin, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to ensure that you are fully numb; this ensures your comfort throughout the procedure. A precise incision is made in the gum tissue where the implant will be placed. The tissue is retracted, exposing the underlying bone structure.
Referencing precise measurements taken from your initial consultation, your dentist will ensure the dental implant is expertly placed inside the jaw bone. This will be repeated three more times until all four implants have been placed.
The two implants that are placed in the back of the mouth are placed at a precise 45-degree angle. Placing these two implants at this angle provides exceptional support for the entire prosthesis and helps avoid the need for bone grafting. For patients with a small amount of bone loss, this is a small aspect of treatment that has a very large and positive impact.
Temporary healing dentures will be placed inside the mouth in order to provide you with a full arch of teeth during your healing period, which typically lasts anywhere between 3-8 months (though this may vary from patient to patient). During this time, you will have the opportunity to take your new teeth on a “test drive”.
After your healing period is complete, you will return to our Double Bay dental clinic to have your temporary implant dentures removed and your permanent implant dentures placed permanently inside the mouth. You will then be free to leave with your beautiful new smile!
You will be given a set of clear and detailed instructions on caring for your all-on-4 restoration; no worries, it is incredibly simple and easy. Below are some steps for caring for all-on-4 implant dentures:
- Continue to brush, floss, and use an oral rinse just as you would with your natural teeth.
- A floss threader can be incredibly beneficial for properly flossing your implant denture; floss threaders can typically be found at any druggist.
- Whenever possible, be sure to floss after every meal; this helps prevent food particles from lingering and potentially causing harm.
- Continue to attend your professional dental cleaning appointments as scheduled.
Benefits of All-on-Four Treatment
All-on-4 implant dentures are one of the best options for replacing a full arch of teeth inside the mouth. Below are some of the most notable benefits of all-on-4 treatment:
- No need for denture adhesive
- No more struggles with loose or poorly-fitting dentures
- Permanent dental restoration
- Retain bone density over time (since the implants are placed directly in the bone)
- Restore the entire arch of teeth with just four dental implants
- Very few lifestyle or dietary restrictions
- Patients have the ability to completely customize their teeth; the shape, size, color and length of the teeth can all be manually selected
- Less overall cost when compared with individual implants across the entire arch
- Improved confidence and self-esteem
- Improved chewing and speaking capabilities
- Completely restore the looks and functionality of the smile in just 48 hours
Every single person who chooses to pursue all-on-four treatment has the potential to benefit differently than the next; the way that you will personally benefit is dependent on what you are looking to correct or gain from treatment, your current dental and overall health, and a few other factors. During your initial consultation, we will be able to give you a more thorough idea of how you can personally benefit from all-on-4 dental implants.
Life-Changing Dental Treatment
Are you still wondering why you should pursue this type of dental treatment?
Broken, decayed, and missing teeth all have the ability to negatively impact the way an individual feels about their smile - and consequently, themselves. It can be quite difficult to enjoy yourself or feel confident during social events when you are worried about what others think about your teeth.
All-on-four is an incredible treatment method that has the potential to completely change your life. For patients who have lost all of their natural teeth - or who have natural teeth that have become significantly damaged or decayed - the ability to completely restore an entire arch of teeth in just one appointment is invaluable.
All-on-4 dentures are designed to provide an incredibly realistic look and feel. Imagine the freedom of attending a social event such as a wedding, birthday party, or graduation without a single thought or worry about how your teeth look or feel; just being able to simply enjoy your time with friends and family. Thanks to this revolutionary dental treatment, that wonderful thought can easily become a reality.
What’s more, is that being able to actually work side-by-side with a dental professional to design the way the new smile will look allows patients to achieve the beautiful smile that they have always dreamed of and helps them keep an involved position in their treatment, from start to finish. Being able to confidently show off a gorgeous and complete smile can be immeasurably beneficial for many people.
Comfort and Functionality
Unfortunately, many patients who have restored their smile with traditional dentures can attest to the fact that dentures can be notably uncomfortable, difficult to chew with, and quite a hassle to keep firmly in place inside the mouth.
For many people, this can be a large source of embarrassment, and can prove to be quite disheartening. In fact, some people may actually avoid wearing their dentures altogether in order to avoid the discomfort, pain, or general inconvenience that may come along with keeping them in place inside the mouth.
Since all-on-4 dentures are securely held in place on top of dental implants that are placed inside the jaw bone, the need for messy denture adhesive is completely eliminated. The implant dentures rest securely and evenly over the top of the implants; no painful rubbing and no difficulties chewing.
Am I a Candidate for All-on-4 Treatment?
After learning about all-on-4 implant dentures, it is highly likely that you are wondering if you qualify as a candidate for treatment. The good news is that most people are good candidates! Let’s break down everything you need to know about who qualifies as a candidate.
Below are some examples of instances in which an individual likely qualifies as an all-on-4 candidate:
- Individuals who have lost an entire arch of natural teeth
- Individuals who wish to preserve their natural bone levels and overall health after losing teeth
- People who practice proper home care and attend their dental check-up and cleaning appointments
- People with good dental/general health
- People who have an adequate amount of existing bone structure
- Individuals who do not smoke or use tobacco of any type
Below are some examples of instances in which a patient may not qualify as an all-on-4 candidate:
- Individuals with substantial levels of bone loss (some bone loss is not a complete deal-breaker; some patients may be able to undergo bone grafting prior to implant placement)
- People with advanced gum disease (periodontitis/periodontal disease)
- People with uncontrolled or severe cases of diabetes or cancer
- People who struggle with alcoholism
- People who are unwilling or unable to quit regularly using tobacco
- People with severe cases of bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Individuals who regularly take steroids or immune system suppressants
As previously stated, the good news is that most people do qualify as all-on-four candidates. In order to be sure about your candidacy, please contact us today to schedule an implant consultation in our Double Bay dental clinic. We will work with you to design a treatment plan that best suits you.
FY Smile: Best All-on-4 Dentures in Sydney
As your trusted dental professionals, we strive to ensure that you are as informed about your treatment options as possible. With the information you have learned here, you should have a solid understanding of the various pros and cons of composite veneers.
Here at FY Smile, we strive to provide our patients with an unparalleled level of dental care; that is why we are proud to offer comprehensive dental and orthodontic treatment in beautiful Sydney. Whether you are interested in dental veneers, Invisalign, traditional braces, a complete smile makeover, or a simple dental cleaning, you are in good hands. Our team of caring dental professionals is here to provide the treatment you need to create the beautiful and healthy smile that you have always dreamt of.
Your journey towards optimal dental health begins here. In addition to offering all-on-4 implant dentures in Sydney, FY Smile is proud to offer a wide range of dental services. From basic tooth fillings to dental veneers to deep cleanings and more, we’ve got you covered.
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