Losing a single tooth is not a big deal for dental implant surgeons. The implant surgery for such cases is a relatively short outpatient procedure, i.e. the patient returns home the same day and is able to carry on with his or her normal daily routine. But what about edentulous people, those who are missing a whole set of teeth due to a gum disease or another detrimental health condition?
The All-on-4 procedure is an advanced technique in dental implantology. As the name suggests, it means that the entire set of lost teeth is replaced with a whole new prosthesis connected to the jawbone with four implants. The number of teeth supported is up to 14, and the surgery itself is also an outpatient procedure which lasts several hours, even in cases when both arches need to be fixed with it.
This technique saves much time for the surgeon and other staff, and allows the patients to recover much faster than they would need to if multiple surgeries were carried out. Thanks to ease of the procedure and the fact that only four implants can support for an entire arch, the financial saving is substantial.
The quality of living of edentulous people is highly deteriorated. They are unable to eat many foods, and often avoid appearance in public since they feel ashamed due to the lack of teeth. For them, the all-on-4 technique is like a magic wand: it’s fast, convenient, relatively inexpensive, and most importantly, resolves their dental issues entirely.
Edentulism is usually accompanied by other oral health issues. The lack of teeth speeds up deterioration of gums and other tissues in oral cavity, even if they were healthy when the teeth started to fall off. While some cheaper prosthetic solutions like dentures can improve the patient’s life quality a bit, these can’t help with the oral health. In fact, dentures can easily even speed up further oral deterioration, especially when used inappropriately.
On the day of the surgery , the patient receives his or her implants and a temporary set of teeth. These teeth have a primary function to support for osseointegration and recovery. Several months afterwards, when osseointegration proves to be complete, these temporary, acrylic teeth are replaced with permanent ones made of titanium.
Once you get the permanent set(s) of teeth using your All-on-4 implants, you will be able to recover the quality of life and oral habits just as it was back in time you had all natural teeth.