All-on-4 (AO4) implants are a set of permanent, fabricated teeth set on dental implants. All-on-4 look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. The All-on-4 dental implant procedure uses only four implants for each arch. This is quite different from traditional implants that use an implant for each tooth or 6-8 implants per arch. Dental implants used within the All-on-4 procedure are also placed at an angle, which provides more strength and contact from the supporting bone structure of your mouth. In addition, the All-on-4 process does not require bone grafting for most patients.
The ideal patients for the All-on-4 dental implant procedure are those who are missing most or all of their teeth. There are age restrictions as long as the patient is in good health.
All-on-4 is a relatively new technology. New technologies within the dental industry typically provide decreased chair time, more savings compared to traditional techniques, and quicker healing time. All-on-4 is no exception, and patients can expect these mentioned advantages.
The first step is a consultation with our periodontist. Once we find you are a good candidate for the procedure, we will schedule an appointment for surgery. Surgery can last as long as 2 hours per arch.
Once the surgery is complete, you'll need time to heal. A temporary set of teeth are placed on your implants right after surgery. This will allow you to heal and proceed with your normal daily activities. Post-operative instructions will be offered to help you heal and reduce any discomfort. Once the healing process is complete, your permanent teeth will be placed at a follow-up visit about six months after surgery.
To learn more about All-on-4 Dental Implants, please contact our office and visit with Dr. Lee to answer any questions you may have.