Many patients who have “soft” teeth caused by advanced cavities, poor gums because of advanced periodontal disease or a bad bite (occlusal disease), find themselves with a diminishing number of options when it comes to restoring their smile one tooth at a time.
Often times, patients find themselves with a “terminal dentition” through no fault of their own. Medication side effects, medical conditions, and genetics all play significant roles in the deterioration of a smile. For most patients with a terminal dentition, the dreaded prospect of needing a removable full set of dentures is very real.
Is there a better solution? All-on-4® implants could be the answer.
For patients with terminal dentition, a full mouth tooth extraction and dentures are typically what is prescribed. For years, this was the only option.
Patients who may be candidates for full dentures often fear the embarrassment of having missing teeth, bad breath, or dentures that can fall out at any time. They often suffer for years with denture soreness, loss of taste sensation, compromised bites, and loss of a confident smile. In addition, there is always the fear of embarrassment of being seen without their dentures.
The All-on-4® Process
Fortunately, there is a very effective and successful method to treat patients with a terminal dentition without the short or long term need for removable dentures.
In 1998 Dr. Paulo Malo successfully treated the first patient with the All-on-4® treatment concept. Since then, the process and technology have evolved tremendously. Today, hundreds of thousands of patients have been treated with this procedure using implants and an immediately placed, fixed in position bridge.
Typically in one clinical setting:
- The bad teeth are removed
- Gum infections cleared
- Implants strategically placed
- A full arch of teeth is affixed to the implants.
On the day of the procedure, patients immediately experience a stable arch of new teeth, boosted confidence, greatly improved taste sensation, and an amazing and confident new smile.
Benefits of All-on-4® Implants
Some of the amazing benefits of this process are not only a fixed in position, full arch of teeth on the day of surgery, but shorter treatment times, rapid improvement in the quality of life, less surgical risk, and lower costs than conventional treatment modalities.
With proper planning, implants can be placed at angles to avoid interferences with sinuses and nerves thereby reducing the surgical risk but also avoiding costly sinus and nerve relocation surgeries.
Additionally, supporting a full arch of teeth on four implants helps to maintain bone and tissue levels thereby reducing the need for tissue and bone grafting. Unlike natural roots that support teeth, implants don’t split, need root canals, and won’t decay. For those with a terminal dentition, this predictability and durability greatly reduce the risk of long-term and ongoing costs.
The Cost of All-on-4® Implants
Over the years, the constant repairing and replacing of natural individual teeth in a person with a terminal dentition can be very expensive, unpredictable, painful, and time-consuming. With an All-on-4® type procedure, there is less long-term maintenance and repair and far greater predictability than trying to repair weakened or unstable natural teeth.
In the short term, for about the typical cost of placing and restoring four individual implants with single crowns, a patient can have the same number of implants and an entire arch of teeth. In both the short term and the long term, an All-on-4 type procedure is more cost effective than many people realize. For almost any budget, a customized plan can be developed by your dentist and surgeon.
The predictability of the process, the time saved, and the stability is priceless for many. For the patient struggling with multiple broken teeth, bad gums, and irregular bites, this process is life-changing.
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