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Implant-supported Full Arch Restorations – All on 4 Implants

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Implant-supported Full Arch Restorations – All on 4 Implants

The best and most popular solution for tooth replacement is dental implants. In this solution, missing teeth are replaced with permanent teeth that attach to the jawbone as natural teeth would. However, this option is also the most expensive.

There is a new, better, and match cheaper solution that also involves dental implants: All-on-Four full arch restoration.

What are All-on-Four Implants? 

Consider a situation whereby all or most of your teeth are missing. In this case, a dentist would have to implant individual teeth until your denture is full again. However, all you need is a surface area that would act as your teeth.

All-on-Four dental implants are fixed prosthetics that cover the length of several teeth. They come in four pieces that cover the interior and posterior of the mouth.

How are All-on-Four Implants Different?

The most prominent difference between conventional dental implants and all-on-four implants is their size and shape. All-on-four implants are longer as they cover the length of several teeth. Each arch is designed to cover half of each row of teeth.

The manner in which both types of implants are installed is different. With single implants, the dentist has to fix each tooth to fit the cavity. With all-on-four implants, however, a particular approach has to be taken to ensure that the jawbone has to accommodate the elongated size of the implant. It utilizes sophisticated 3D design and angle adjustment to make the implants fit.

Implantation Procedure

Everyone has a unique denture. Single implants are easy to install as they are designed to fit each cavity, hence taking on the patient’s natural shape. However, the unique shape of the all-on-four implants makes them a bit difficult to install. As such, the dentist uses 3D scan to determine the patient’s denture and adjust the implants accordingly.

The dentist combines the 3D scan with a computer simulation to determine the ideal angle where the implants have to be placed to fit appropriately. Supposing that a computer simulation is not enough, then the dentist may be required to perform surgical procedures to adjust the jawbone. Additionally, if you have few remaining teeth, then the dentist may need to extract them to make room for the all-on-four implants. 

Since the mouths anterior is consistent in its shape, the two anterior implants are installed straightforwardly. The posterior implants, on the other hand, have to be tilted to an angle of 45 degrees to ensure that they not only fit but also take the proper shape.