Another great advantage of the All-on-4 concept is that the dentures are firmly affixed to the implants at a special angle, which means that a successful procedure can be performed without bone replacement surgery, even for cases of insufficient bone matter. Thus, the procedure is shorter, recovery is faster, and treatment is more cost effective. Via this technique, you are saved from serious surgical and financial burdens while achieving a satisfying result and a significant improvement to your quality of life.
The treatment steps
according to the All-on-4 concept
Before treatment, our dental surgeon examines the condition of your teeth, your jaw structure, and evaluates your panoramic X-ray or CT scan to provide you with the most accurate information you can to plan the size and position of the implants to be set in place. During the consultation, we answer any questions you may have, and then we prepare a personalized treatment plan and price quote.
2. Installation of the implants and temporary fixed bridge
Following the consultation, oral surgery and implantation can take place within 24 hours. The essence of the procedure is that six or four implants are inserted into the upper jaw, while four go into the lower to ensure that the upper and/or lower bridges are fixed and stable. Removal of any existing but unusable teeth, inserting the implants and the temporary fixing of the bridge are done in one session, so you can leave the clinic with a new fixed temporary on the same day. Utilizing local anesthesia (injection), this can be performed almost painlessly, but, if you insist, you may be given a general anaesthetic during these procedures. After surgery, you should only experience minimal facial pain and swelling. This can be quickly alleviated by an analgesic, or by applying ice.
3. Final denture insertion
Dental implantation requires approximately 3 to 6 months of healing time. In addition to proper oral hygiene, during this time, the root simulations solidify into the bone, forming a stable part of the jaw, so that they can be permanently replaced. The materials used may be zirconium, metal ceramics, composite metal frames or innovative PEEK materials (e.g. BioHPP); the choice is based on your aesthetic or other considerations.
4. Regular check-up and dental hygiene treatment
Following treatment, we await your first visit in a month’s time (and then every six months) for a regular check-up with one of our qualified dental hygienists.
Alcoholism, heavy smoking, drug and substance addiction, and some diseases, conditions (bone diseases, untreated diabetes, serious cardiovascular problems, pregnancy). A dental surgeon determines any exclusionary grounds and, if necessary, proposes an alternative solution.
FAQ – Frequently asked questions about ALL-ON-4
What are the specificities of the All-on-4 method?
This innovative technique allows for the affixing of the complete upper and/or lower dental prosthesis on only four implants, in a way that is particularly stable. After having placed the implants, the dentist installs a provisional dental prosthesis, which is also completely functional. Thus a patient with absolutely no teeth when he/she arrives at the clinic can receive a dental arch equivalent to the original dentition, both aesthetically and functionally, within 24 hours(!).
How can All-on-4 treatment be faster than traditional implant techniques?
The All-on-4 concept requires the placement of only four implants, dramatically reducing treatment and healing times. The specific angles at which the implants are installed allow for safe and stable placing of the dental prosthesis, so bone filling is not usually necessary. This technique saves the patient from many of the downsides while saving time (and money).
Why is the All-on-4 concept the best choice?
Both aesthetically and functionally, the dental prosthesis affixed through the All-on-4 technique gives you the feeling of having your own teeth. Dental implants are without all the characteristic disadvantages of a removable prosthesis (slipping, dental glue, removal of the prosthesis for the night, etc.). Compared to traditional implants, the All-on-4 technique is a shorter procedure with faster healing, thus optimizing the overall cost of treatment. The special angles of the implants installed give them great stability in the bone so bone replacement is not usually necessary. The fixed temporary prosthesis can be placed immediately after the implantation of the implants, that is to say that the surgical procedure and the installation of the new prosthesis are done almost simultaneously.
What are the contraindications?
Alcoholism, heavy tobacco use, dependence on drugs or medications, certain diseases or conditions (bone metabolism disorders, untreated diabetes, severe cardiovascular problems, pregnancy). In all cases, a consultation with one of our dental specialists is necessary; he/she verifies the reasons for exclusion and, if necessary, proposes an alternative treatment.
Is the All-on-4 treatment expensive?
Overall, All-on-4 is a cost-effective solution because only four implants are needed per oral surface, thus it is possible to avoid painful, long and expensive bone replacement; the healing time is short, i.e. the patient can quickly return to his or her everyday life (returning to work is possible within 2 to 3 days after the procedure). In addition, with fewer necessary visits to the dental clinic, the patient is not forced to travel extensively and thus saves a significant amount on accommodation, travel expenses, etc.
Is the treatment painful?
Absolutely not! Thanks to local anesthesia (using an injection), the procedure is almost painless. However, at the request of the patient, it can also be done under general anesthesia. Following the procedure, patients may experience mild pain or facial swelling, which can be alleviated by analgesics and/or ice compressions. Rejection of a dental implant is an exceptionally rare phenomenon; proper design and construction, as well as adequate oral-dental care, guarantee a success rate of more than 90% for implant placement. It is essential that the patient speak to a doctor with significant experience in this method. In addition, the clinic where the practitioner operates must be reliable, enjoy a strong brand image and use a high quality type of implant. Lack of practice or skill in this treatment and insufficient implant quality can cause considerable pain or serious sequelae for patients. This why it is essential that you make sure your clinic vouches for the work done, and, if necessary, this can be backed up by a guarantee.