You may have heard of the All-on-4 dental implant system, but you may not know much about it. The All-on-4 system replaces the arch of your teeth with a four point anchoring system for the implant fixture. This anchoring system uses four acutely angled anchor points to hold the implants securely and safely in place for a perfect fit, perfect feel, and perfect smile.
In the past, teeth had to be extracted, then the gums allowed to heal for roughly six months. During that time, patients would often have to wear dentures (false teeth). Once the gums had healed, patients often had to receive bone grafts. One those healed for another six months, then the implants could be put in. It was often a long and hard process for patients. The new All-on-4 system has revolutionized this process.
You are probably wondering if you are a candidate for this procedure. If you have experienced or are experiencing any of these major dental problems, you may want to talk to your dentist about the All-on-4 procedure. Some of these problems include:
- Missing more than five teeth to one arch (this means the top or bottom individually)
- Many of your teeth are damaged, worn, cracked or broken
- You suffer from a collapsed bite (a change in the bite and jaw structure from damage)
- Periodontal disease (which affects the gums)
- Severe and continuing acid reflux disease (which can damage teeth and gums)
- Many missing teeth or a heredity of missing teeth
- A history of oral trauma (such as damage from a car accident or fall)
- Are suffering from tooth decay, jaw decay, or other types of oral decay
While having any of these conditions doesn’t automatically quality you for the All-on-4 system, your chances of being able to have this procedure done are higher. Only your dentist will know how this procedure will work for you, if you are a candidate for this produce, and if it is something you need. They may recommend other treatments, or may encourage this treatment for you. Always be open with your dentist, be open to options and talk about any dental problems that you are experiencing. While this treatment may not be for everyone, it often helps many patients and may be the right one for you. It is one the most minimally invasive dental procedures that is sure to give you a beautiful smile and give you some confidence back! Talk to your dentist today to see if you are a candidate for this radical and new innovative treatment!