Can I Replace Both Upper and Lower Teeth with All-on-4?

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The All-on-4 procedure is a way of placing dental implants that takes advantage of the usually more substantial bone mass toward the back of the jawbone. It uses four implants to support a bridge or a full arch of prosthetic teeth, and can be placed on the upper or the lower jaw.

How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants are an increasingly popular option for replacing missing teeth. They are long-lasting and natural-looking, and they allow for normal chewing and biting without having to worry about accidentally dislodging your teeth. The root portion of a dental implant is set directly in the jawbone, keeping your new teeth secure and stationary and allowing the new root to stimulate normal, continued bone regeneration.

In order for a successful implant procedure, you must have sufficient bone mass in your jaw to support the implant. If there is not enough bone, the root portion of the implant will not anchor properly, and your implant procedure is likely to be unsuccessful. Some patients choose bone grafting to increase the available bone. However, if there is more bone mass toward the back of the jaw, which is actually quite common, an All-on-4 procedure might be appropriate. [pullquote]Dental implants uses four implants to support a bridge or a full arch of prosthetic teeth, and can be placed on the upper or the lower jaw.[/pullquote]

The All-on-4 Dental Implant

If your dental implant dentist recommends an All-on-4 procedure, be sure to ask for an explanation so you know exactly what the procedure entails. This will help you get a better idea of what to expect from your final results. In general, an All-on-4 implant procedure uses four implants to support a full arch. It can also be used to support a bridge. The four implants are placed in such a way that they are anchored toward the back of the jawbone, where the bone is often thicker and offers more support. A denture is then added to replace your missing teeth. Typically, this is a removable arch that stays stationary while it’s in your mouth, but which is removed for cleaning. This type of implant procedure is often successful where a more traditional procedure requiring an implant for each missing tooth would be less likely to work.

Contact our skilled dental implant team at Smiles Unlimited Centre to learn more about dental implants and how they can transform your smile.

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