All-on-4 is a fixed, implant-supported treatment for patients who have lost their teeth due to gum disease, tooth decay, or injury. Replacing missing teeth with All-on-4 will benefit your appearance and your health, giving you the stable, functional, and cosmetic solution you’ve been looking for.
Dentures or All-on-4: What’s the difference?
There is a significant difference between traditional dentures and All-on-4 implant-supported dentures.
Traditional dentures commonly have an acrylic framework to match the color of the existing gums, and false teeth made of porcelain that are attached to the framework. The denture sits on the alveolar bone and gum, often with denture adhesive or paste to hold it in place. Patients with ill-fitting dentures often complain of the teeth slipping or falling out when eating or talking.
All-on-4 uses four dental implants, generally made of titanium, which are placed in the jaw bone. The denture is then attached to the implants, making it immobile, strong, and functions as well as natural teeth. Best of all, your All-on-4 prosthesis can be placed on the same day as your implants, so you don't have to wait to get the restored smile you deserve.
All-on-4 treatment does require a certain amount of quantity and quality of healthy bone, so it may not be right for everyone.
During your initial appointment at our Yardley dental office, Dr. Soheili or Dr. Saraghi will perform a comprehensive exam and take X-rays, 3D CT scans, study models, and photographs. They will present a thorough assessment, diagnosis, and treatment plan, discussing with you the advantages and disadvantages of both, and helping you decide which is right for your specific needs.
The All-on-4 Procedure
The first step in restoring your smile is implant surgery. During this stage, we complete any necessary tooth extractions and bone grafts, and place the implants. After your bone has healed and the implants are fused in place, the restorative phase occurs, during which impressions and records will be taken, and your final prosthesis will be made.
You will need to visit our Yardley dental office for cleanings and checkups every three months for two years, and then every six months. This helps us monitor the stability of your implants, the fit of the prosthesis, and the health of your gums.