All on 4: Why don’t I get my permanent teeth the same day as implants are placed?


photodune-11133200-happy-senior-couple-sitting-on-sofa-at-home-xs-300x200All on 4 is a wonderful tooth replacement method for edentulous or soon-to-be edentulous patients. This tooth replacement method involves anchoring full dentures to dental implants to increase oral function and protect bone health.

Receiving All on 4 is a process and it is broken into two steps. First, the dental implants are embedded into the jawbone. Then patients enter their recovery phase of treatment, which consists of waiting for dental implants to stabilize. Bone stabilizes dental implants by fusing to their titanium structure and this process is essential for implants to function as they are intended. After this portion of treatment, patients will return to their oral surgeon or dental healthcare provider for the attachment of their permanent prosthetics. Dentures are custom made and the process to make them takes craftsmanship and precision.

What is All on 4 exactly?

All on 4 refers to the method by which dentures are secured to dental implants. With All on 4, a full arch of prosthetic teeth (dentures) are anchored to strategically embedded implants. Dental implants are used to stabilize dentures so that oral function is increased and bone mass is retained. Bone loss commonly affects people who have lost teeth and since dental implants keep bone stimulated like the roots of teeth do, this tooth replacement method can help protect bone.

After dental implants are embedded, patients will enter a recovery phase of treatment to give the dental implants time to stabilize. Patients will be fitted with a temporary denture during the recovery period. Afterwards, a full custom, permanent denture is attached to abutments on the implants.

What are the benefits of All on 4?

There are unique advantages to All on 4 when compared to traditional dentures. First, All on 4 prevents denture movement. This means that prosthetic teeth will not slide or shift when eating or talking. On top of additional support, dentures supported by dental implants tend to look and feel more like natural teeth, which is beneficial to improving one’s appearance after tooth loss.

For more information, call our team at Austin Oral Surgery to schedule a consultation.