Dealing with extensive tooth loss can be stressful, but we can help! At Lakewood Dental Group, Drs. Mihir Patel and Shaun Sigurdson offer our Dallas dental patients a wide array of tooth replacement options, including full arch tooth replacement. During a tooth replacement consultation, Drs. Patel and Sigurdson will conduct a thorough evaluation and plan the best restorative option for your unique smile. All-on-4 implant dentures are an effective full arch tooth replacement option for many patients. Combining the stability of an implant denture with an innovative placement method that reduces the need for preparatory bone grafting procedures, All-on-4 can offer implant dentures for patients who may not otherwise be good candidates for this treatment. If you want to learn more about All-on-4 or any of our other treatment options, you can call to schedule a tooth replacement consultation or schedule your next appointment online with our Dallas dental team.
All-on-4 is an implant-supported denture technique that utilizes the naturally denser parts of the jaw to promote successful implant placement. For many patients, this offers a viable alternative to receiving extensive bone grafting procedures prior to dental implant placement.
The All-on-4 treatment process is very similar to the traditional implant-supported denture process with one significant change – the positioning of the implant posts. Traditional implant supported dentures consist of four to six implant posts spread over the width of the jaw to provide support for all parts of the denture. With the innovative All-on-4 technique, rather than evenly spaced implants across the jaw, all four implants are anchored into the denser bone in the front of the mouth. Two implants are placed vertically to support the front of the denture. Then, two longer implants are positioned in the front of the mouth angled towards the back, supporting the back of the denture.
If you've lost an entire row of teeth, you may want to consider replacement using the All-on-4 technique. Those patients who were previously told they would need extensive bone grafting prior to implant denture placement often make the best candidates for All-on-4 dentures. Before we recommend a specific treatment plan, we'll carefully diagnose your oral health and help you make the best decision to ensure a healthy, beautiful, functional smile that lasts.
The longevity of your All-on-4 denture depends in large part on how well they're cared for. Traditional dentures typically need to be replaced every five to ten years. All-on-4 dentures can last up to ten years or longer, and in some cases patients are able to maintain their fixed prosthetic for the rest of their lifetime. To keep your All-on-4 denture functional, you should carefully brush the prosthetic at least two times each day, and for best results, we recommend brushing between meals. Additionally, we may recommend using a specialized flossing tool or water flosser to remove plaque buildup that can accumulate between the gums and denture base.