If you are missing an entire set of teeth in the upper or lower jaw, getting your bite back may feel all but impossible. Don’t feel defeated thinking a complete set of teeth is out of reach. In fact, thanks to the All-on-4 dental implant method, your dentist can place a full fixed denture on just 4 dental implants. All in under 24 hours.
Sound too good to be true? It’s not. And, due to the strategic placement of the four dental implants, you may even be able to have them completed without having a bone graft procedure done first.
Keep reading to learn how All-on-4 dental implants work and whether or not they are a good option for your smile.
About All-on-4 Dental Implants
All-on-4 dental implants offer a quicker route to a complete smile after total tooth loss. Also called Teeth In a Day, the method uses as few as 4 dental implants to support a full fixed prosthetic. Sometimes 5 or 6 implants are necessary to provide more stability for the upper or lower denture.
Just like with traditional dental implants, each implant post is surgically placed beneath the gum line. The implants are placed at an angle to draw maximum strength from the jawbone. Here, they can provide a sturdy foundation for the prosthetic (set of false teeth) that is affixed on top several hours later.
The benefits of All-on-4 dental implants are significant. They include:
- Fully functional tooth replacement available on the very same day
- No need for denture adhesives or creams
- Can be more affordable than traditional dental implants
- Often no need for preparatory bone grafting procedures
- Fixed prosthetics look and function just like your natural teeth
- Restored ability to eat, speak, and smile without complications
Is This Option Right for You?
All-on-4 is a solution reserved for patients who are missing all of their teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw. If you still have some healthy teeth remaining, we want to keep those in place for as long as possible. An implant-retained bridge or partial denture may be a better option for you.
If, however, you are on the brink of losing all of your teeth, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Legacy Dental SA to find out how we can help you enjoy the sturdiest tooth replacement possible!
About the Author
Dr. Brian L. Eck and Dr. Joseph K. Sage are general dentists providing comprehensive dental care to patients in and around San Antonio, TX. To learn more about All-in-4 or our other high quality tooth replacement options, we invite you to contact us via our website today.