All-on-4 Implant Supported Tooth Replacement
Traditionally, replacing a full row of missing teeth meant using a removable denture, these tooth replacement prosthetics allow patients to repair a smile that looks close to those teeth they lost. Unfortunately, only about 20% of natural chewing function can be restored with the best quality traditional dentures. Implant supported dentures necessitate that patients have a significant amount of healthy bone and soft tissue to support a large prosthetic, but following advanced tooth loss, these supportive structures begin to diminish, which means patients may need to have invasive bone or soft tissue grafts prior to beginning their dental implant restoration plan. All-on-4 dentures offer patients the added stability of dental implants, but they use the naturally denser portions of the jaw to provide support for the entire denture rather than requiring grafting. If you want to learn more about the All-on-4 treatment process, call the Kansas City dentistry office of Michael C. Byars, DDS to schedule an appointment with our team.
What is All-on-4?
All-on-4 is an innovative implant denture method. The All-on-4 technique leverages the naturally denser part of the jaw in the front of the mouth to provide support for your entire denture. In most cases, as the name suggests, patients are able to support their denture on just four implant posts. Rather than spacing the implants over the length of the jawbone, two implants are placed vertically to support the front of the denture. The other two posts are placed diagonally from the back of the denture and implant into the front of the jawbone.
How is the All-on-4 Process Completed?
All-on-4 is completed over the course of two treatment phases much like traditional dental implant supported tooth replacement. The initial phase of treatment is the surgical placement of your implant posts, using the innovative All-on-4 technique. Then, we place protective caps that will allow the implants to fuse with the jaw and soft tissue, recreating the function of healthy tooth roots. Once your implants have fused to the jawbone, you will return to our office, so we can design, craft, and place your flawless denture.
Who Should Consider All-on-4?
Any patient missing a full row of teeth should consider the innovative All-on-4 tooth replacement method, but no treatment is right for everyone. Before we recommend All-on-4, Dr. Byars will carefully examine your smile, discuss your overall health, and review any past experiences with surgical treatment. If you’re in relatively good health and have never had an adverse reaction during surgical treatment, All-on-4 may be the ideal tooth replacement option for you.
How do I Care for My Smile After All-on-4 Treatment?
Once your All-on-4 implant dentures are in place, you can brush them just like your regular smile. Use a soft or ultra soft bristled toothbrush to avoid any unnecessary wear or tear. You should also use a water flosser and/or an antimicrobial oral rinse to remove the plaque and tartar that builds up under your denture around the gums. A member of our team will be happy to walk you through best practices, during your visit, so please don’t hesitate to ask while you’re visiting us.