What benefits does All-on-4 offer?
All-on-4 is fairly new and very revolutionary oral rehabilitation procedure that has many advantages over conventional methods of replacing teeth with different types of prosthetics.
All-on-4 is a full arch replacement that allows patients to get a whole new set of upper and/or lower teeth in a matter of a few days or even a single visit. The procedure uses an implant supported bridge to completely replace all your missing and damaged teeth, and give you back a perfect looking smile with all the functionality one can expect from a set of normal and healthy teeth. The fixed bridge is a permanent and long-term solution that requires very little maintenance and less care than removable dentures.
Compared to other implant supported bridges which require six to eight implants, All-on-4 is less invasive because it only requires a total of four implants in each jaw to properly anchor the entire dental bridge. With conventional single tooth implants, your dentist will use one implant for every tooth that needs to be replaced with a crown, which can mean multiple implants if you have several missing or badly damaged teeth.
All-on-4 dental implants also require less time to complete since it doesn’t require bone grafts to be successful. Patients who have already started losing their teeth will also usually suffer from bone loss in their jaws.
Bone loss in the jaws can occur in people who suffer from periodontitis or gum disease where infectious bacteria eat up the bones and connective tissues in your gums. As bone loss continues to progress, your teeth will start falling out because it no longer has anything to hold it in place. Bone loss can also occur in people who get their teeth extracted and don’t immediately replace them. Without the tooth to protect the bones in the jaw, it is more prone to infections and thus more susceptible to bone loss.
When there is not enough bone volume to support conventional dental implants or implant supported bridges, patients will first have undergo a bone graft and wait a couple of months for new bone growth to occur before any dental implants can be placed. With All-on-4 the two implants in the rear are angled so that it can be placed in areas where there is more bone mass to support the bridge, eliminating the need for a bone graft.
Does All-on-4 provide immediate results?
One of the main advantages that the All-on-4 treatment offers is it allows patients to get a new set of teeth in the span of a few days or even a single visit. Typically, you can get your teeth extracted and have implants surgically inserted in a day. Our dentists will then place a temporary bridge on the same visit so no one will be able to tell that you’ve just gone through implant surgery and had all your teeth removed.
The temporary bridge is modelled specifically for you so that it fits and functions almost as well as the permanent bridge. While waiting for the implants to heal, the temporary bridge will allow you to eat normally as long as you avoid hard food. It also replaces all the teeth that have been pulled so you don’t have to worry about how you look when interacting with other people.
Once you have completely healed from the implant surgery, you will then receive your permanent fixed bridge.
How can All-on-4 improve your smile?
All-on-4 is a complete oral rehabilitation that will give you perfect looking teeth and let you speak, smile and laugh with renewed confidence. Your new set of teeth will be perfectly aligned and have just the right shade to match the rest of your remaining natural teeth if you choose to restore only one arch.
Functionally, your new All-on-4 bridge will work just as well as one would expect from a set of normal and healthy natural teeth. Since it is a fixed replacement, you don’t have to worry about having your teeth fall out like you would with dentures.
Your new All-on-4 bridge will also be modelled and designed using advanced CAD/CAM technology to make sure you get a perfect fit. Before getting the implant surgery our dentists and oral surgeons will perform a 3D scan of your jaw, gums and teeth which ensures that extremely accurate measurements are made so that your new set of implant supported bridges will come out perfectly the first time around.
Are there any side effects with the All-on-4 treatment?
After the implant surgery, most patients will experience minimal to no discomfort. Since the anaesthetics will take some time to wear off, any initial pain or discomfort will not be felt at all. In the following days, there might be some instances of minor swelling or bleeding which is completely normal and tolerable even if you don’t take any painkillers or medication.
Over the last few decades since the All-on-4 treatment concept was developed and perfected by Dr. Paulo Malo and his team, it has seen extremely high success rates in tens of thousands of patients all over the world. Several published studies have reported success rates in the range of 95% to 99% up to the 10-year mark. Similarly, patient satisfaction at the Malo Clinic Sydney has been very high.