Some people who could benefit from dental-implant-supported dentures have been without teeth for long enough that they have lost a significant amount of jawbone. In the past, bone grafting was the only viable option. But sometimes that costs more than people can afford. A dentist from Portugal, named Palo Malo, wanted to help his patients who were in that situation, so he came up with the All-On-4 technique.
What Are All-on-4 Dental Implants?
Dr. Malo found that by placing four implants in the front of the jaw, and angling them, he could successfully support a denture. The radiograph on the left shows what the four implants look like. And the illustration on the right below shows how the denture is attached.
The all-on-4 technique requires surgically placing highly angled dental implants in the front part of the mouth, where there is usually more bone. A denture is then attached to the implants. Often, it is possible to complete both phases of treatment in one day.
The Pros and Cons of the All-on-4 Technique
The all-on-4 technique can make it possible for patients who would not otherwise be candidates to enjoy the benefits of dental implants. And the treatment is more affordable than bone grafting. The healing time is much less as well. In addition, the implants will help increase chewing efficiency, make speech easier, and restore the pleasure of eating. More importantly, the implants will prevent more bone loss, keeping the jawbone healthier than it would have been otherwise.
But there are some risks as well. To begin with, the all-on-4 technique is recommended for patients who may already have compromised bone density. There has to be a minimum of bone left to support the implants. The implants used with this method are smaller than normal dental implants, and if one part of the treatment fails, there is no way to just fix the one problematic part, so the entire treatment will fail.
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