All-on-4® Dental Implant Treatment
San Antonio, TX
For those who have lost some or all of their teeth or are in the process of having their last teeth removed, the All-on-4 Treatment Concept is a great tooth replacement option. This technique involves permanently attaching prosthetic teeth to dental implants, which are anchored in the jawbone. With many great treatment options available, our team at Aesthetic Periodontal & Implant Specialists is very excited to share the advanced technology of the All-on-4 Treatment Concept with you and work to help our patients keep their natural teeth.
If you have lost an entire row of teeth, whether on the top or the bottom, getting a high-quality replacement can seem difficult and costly. Thanks to All-on-4, that is no longer the case. The All-on-4 Treatment Concept is considered to be one of the most reliable means of tooth replacement. It also allows you to keep the existing healthy teeth that you do have.
How the All-on-4 Treatment Works
The All-on-4 treatment works, thanks to dental implants. These deceptively tiny rods made from metal have big benefits because we put them inside your jawbone, where once there was a tooth root. This maintains jawbone health, and because dental implants are built to last forever, they will never need to be replaced. All-on-4’s implants are different though. Conventional implants require a certain mass of bone in the jaw to be placed. Not so with All-on-4, which is a “graftless” treatment, meaning no bone grafting is necessary for patients that do not have this requisite bone.
The All-on-4 procedure for placing these dental implants utilizes four implants, with the ones placed at the back of the mouth angled to maximize the existing bone in those specific areas. The implants used in the All-on-4 procedures are developed to support immediate fitting of replacement teeth. Patients qualified for this procedure can get the implants successfully placed and a complete set of replacement teeth in just a single dental appointment.
The Benefits of the All-on-4 Treatment Concept
The All-on-4 Treatment Concept has all of the benefits of dentures as well as all of the benefits of dental implants, with almost none of the drawbacks of either. Unlike traditional dentures, your prosthesis is supremely strong and will never slip on your gums or wear them down. No more being self-conscious about unfortunate speech mishaps or having to turn away certain foods that your dentures cannot handle. Unlike traditional dental implants, bone mass is generally not a factor, so no additional surgeries or extended recovery times are necessary. You can get your new teeth faster and easier than ever before.
All-on-4 dental implants are a great solution for people who already have dentures or for those who need full lower or upper restorations. The entire procedure - which includes the placement of the dental implants and the immediate fitting of teeth restorations - can be completed in a single appointment. This is a very convenient option for those patients who do not want to have to wait a few months to use their replacement teeth. Those who do not have sufficient bone mass to support dental implants will also benefit from this, as they do not have to go through an invasive bone grafting procedure.
Who Should Get the All-on-4 Treatment?
The All-on-4 treatment is not for everyone. This treatment is designed to help patients that are missing a whole arch, or even both arches, and would like a solution that is better than dentures, but have been told that dental implants are not an option for them. Many patients are told that they cannot receive dental implants, often because they do not have enough jaw bone mass. While bone grafting to replace this lost mass can be an option, it involves one or more operations and can double your treatment time. Because the All-on-4 Treatment Concept is graftless and minimizes the number of implants necessary, it is much more accessible than other dental implant options.
Receiving Your All-on-4 Treatment
A thorough evaluation will first be done by our professionals to determine a patient’s suitability for All-on-4 dental implants, including getting impressions, performing bone density measurements, taking x-rays, and performing CT scans.
All-on-4 treatments provide patients with replacement teeth in a single appointment, which is a huge improvement compared to traditional dental implants. The graftless nature of the All-on-4 means that typically we can place your implants immediately. There is no need to wait for a bone graft to finish healing. This procedure is considered less invasive, since there is not a need for bone grafts, even if the patient has an issue with insufficient bone mass. A patient can have dental implants placed and have replacement teeth after only one appointment, with no long waiting periods between the two stages of the procedure. The All-on-4 Treatment Concept is convenient and offers a secure set of teeth that does not leave the patient uncomfortable or self-conscious.
Caring for and Cleaning Your All-on-4 Implants
All-on-4 implants are cared for and cleaned similar to natural teeth, though our dental team recommends cleaning the implants after every meal instead of only twice a day. Regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing are essential to keep them functioning healthily. To increase the longevity of the dental implants and to promote good gum health, consider purchasing and using a gum stimulator to clean the area between the dental implants and the gums. An oral irrigation device such as a water pick can remove additional food debris between the implants.
Do You Want the Easiest Full-Arch Restoration?
If you would like great teeth and all of the amazing advantages of dental implants but have been told that you may not qualify for them, then the All-on-4 Treatment Concept from Aesthetic Periodontal & Implant Specialists may be the answer you are looking for. To find out if you are a candidate for the All-on-4 Treatment Concept, call (210) 614-4700 today to schedule your consultation appointment.