All-on-Four Dental Implants – "Teeth in a Day"
The All-on-Four treatment concept is a great restorative option that we can offer patients by placement of four implants per arch. It is a way to provide a long-term, fixed, full arch prosthesis for denture wearers or candidates who do not desire or tolerate a removable prosthesis.1, 2 This is a versatile restorative option for most people regardless of jaw size, bone quality, or bone loss. In addition, because of their placement and orientation, the all-on-four implants can be loaded immediately. So in many cases, the restorative practitioners can convert previously worn dentures into temporary fixed prostheses chair-side immediately after surgery. This idea of limiting the patient’s edentulous period is particularly attractive to them.3
Although appropriate planning and communication is necessary for a good outcome, the process is straightforward. In preparation for the procedure, we evaluate the patient’s maxillomandibular bony architecture both clinically and with a low radiation cone beam CT. We then work hand-in-hand with the restorative dentist and lab technician to develop a tailored treatment plan to maximize the patient’s esthetic and functional outcome. Next, all the necessary extractions, alveoloplasty, and implants are performed followed by placement of locator healing abutments. After completion of the surgery, the patient can go directly to the restorative practitioner’s office for conversion of their previous denture to a temporary fixed prosthesis. The patient can wear this up to six months while the final prosthesis is being planned and fabricated.
The great thing about the All-on-Four treatment concept or “Teeth in a Day” is that patients who have failing teeth or already wear a denture both get the same great outcome. Dr. Kiken has many patients who rave about “Teeth in a Day.” Dentures are often loose, require adhesive, and are painful to wear due to shrinkage of the jaw. “Teeth in a Day” is a permanent solution that addresses all of the issues previously experienced with dentures and their ill fit. No more bulky, uncomfortable prostheses covering the palate.
When you’ve been living with failing or missing teeth, it is hard to enjoy eating. With “Teeth in a Day” you will be able to taste and enjoy food again. With fully restored teeth and a free palate, you can regain the enjoyment of eating for the first time in years. Reclaim your excitement and vitality for life with “Teeth in a Day!” Click here for a full explanation of dental implant procedures and here for the All-on-Four treatment concept. Call our office today for an appointment at 805.682.0933.
Malo P, de Araujo Nobre M, Lopes A, Moss SM, Molin GJ. A longitudinal study of the survival of All-on-4 implants in the mandible with up to 10 years of follow-up. J Am Dent Assoc 2011; 142:210-20.
Malo P, de Araujo Nobre M, Lopes A et al. All-on-4 immediate function concept for completely edentulous maxillae: a clinical report on the medium (3 years) and long term (5 years) outcomes. Clin Implant Dent Relat Res 2011.