All On Four

Timescale: 3-4 Days


“I felt very comfortable during my dental treatment. My dentist’s expertise and the team’s sincerity were truly commendable. Seeing the difference in my teeth after the treatment made me extremely happy.”

What is All-on-4 dental treatment?

The All-on-4 dental treatment, also known as “Teeth in a Day” or “Same-Day Teeth,” is an innovative dental implant technique used to restore an entire arch of missing teeth. It is designed for individuals who have lost most or all of their teeth in the upper or lower jaw.

The All-on-4 treatment concept involves the strategic placement of four dental implants in the jawbone to support a full arch dental prosthesis (denture). Unlike traditional implant-supported dentures that may require six or more implants, the All-on-4 technique utilizes just four implants per arch.

Here are the key features of the All-on-4 dental treatment:

  1. Fewer Implants: By using only four implants, the All-on-4 technique minimizes the number of implants required for full arch restoration. This approach takes advantage of the existing bone density and maximizes support for the prosthesis.

  2. Angled Implant Placement: The two implants in the back of the arch are placed at an angle to maximize contact with the available bone. This angulation provides stability and support, even in cases where there is bone loss.

  3. Immediate Function: In many cases, the All-on-4 treatment allows for the placement of a temporary, fixed prosthesis on the same day as implant placement. This means that patients can leave the dental office with a functional set of teeth right after the procedure.

  4. Bone Grafting Reduction: The All-on-4 technique often eliminates the need for bone grafting procedures, even in cases where there is some degree of bone loss. The angulated placement of the implants utilizes the available bone more efficiently.

  5. Comprehensive Restoration: The final dental prosthesis used in All-on-4 treatment is a full arch denture that is securely attached to the implants. The prosthesis is custom-designed to match the appearance and function of natural teeth, providing a fixed and stable solution for the patient.

The All-on-4 dental treatment offers numerous advantages, including reduced treatment time, simplified procedures, improved esthetics and function, and enhanced patient comfort. However, it is important to note that not everyone is a suitable candidate for this technique. A thorough evaluation by a dental professional is necessary to determine if All-on-4 is the right option for you based on your specific dental condition and needs.

Who can have All-on-4 treatment done?

The All-on-4 dental treatment can be considered for individuals who have lost most or all of their teeth in either the upper or lower jaw and are seeking a full arch restoration. However, not everyone is automatically eligible for the All-on-4 treatment. Several factors are taken into consideration to determine if a person is a suitable candidate. Here are some considerations:

  1. Sufficient Jawbone: Adequate bone density and volume in the jaw are necessary to support the dental implants. The All-on-4 technique is often suitable for individuals with moderate to severe bone loss, as it utilizes the available bone more efficiently. However, a thorough examination and imaging tests, such as X-rays or CT scans, are necessary to evaluate the bone condition and determine if additional bone grafting is required.

  2. Good Oral Health: It is essential to have a healthy oral environment for successful All-on-4 treatment. Any existing dental issues, such as gum disease, decayed teeth, or infections, should be addressed and treated before implant placement. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits is crucial to the long-term success of the All-on-4 treatment.

  3. General Health: Overall health plays a role in determining the suitability for All-on-4 treatment. Certain medical conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes, immune disorders, or untreated heart disease, may affect the healing process and increase the risk of complications. Your dentist or oral surgeon will evaluate your medical history to determine if the treatment is appropriate.

  4. Commitment to Oral Hygiene: All-on-4 treatment requires proper oral hygiene practices to maintain the health and longevity of the implants and prosthesis. Candidates for All-on-4 should be committed to practicing good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and attending routine dental check-ups.

  5. Personalized Evaluation: Each individual’s case is unique, and a comprehensive evaluation by a dental professional is necessary to determine if All-on-4 treatment is the right option. They will assess your oral health, evaluate the bone condition, and consider factors such as bite alignment and aesthetic expectations.

It’s important to consult with a dental professional, such as a prosthodontist or oral surgeon, who is experienced in implant dentistry to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the All-on-4 treatment. They will conduct a thorough examination and discuss the treatment options that best fit your specific needs and circumstances.

What is the All-on-4 post-surgery process like?

The post-surgery process for All-on-4 treatment involves a healing period and several stages to ensure proper recovery and successful integration of the dental implants. Here is an overview of what you can expect during the post-surgery process:

  1. Immediate Post-Surgery Period: After the All-on-4 surgery, you will spend some time in the recovery area of the dental office or clinic. The dental team will monitor your vital signs and ensure you are stable before you are allowed to go home. You may experience swelling, bruising, and some discomfort in the treated area, which can be managed with prescribed pain medications.

  2. Initial Healing and Recovery: During the first few weeks, it is important to follow post-operative care instructions provided by your dental professional. This may include taking prescribed medications, maintaining oral hygiene practices as advised, and following a soft-food diet. It is normal to have some swelling and minor discomfort during this period, but it should gradually subside.

  3. Follow-up Appointments: Your dental professional will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process and make any necessary adjustments. They will evaluate the condition of your implants, check the fit and function of your prosthesis, and address any concerns or issues that may arise.

  4. Provisional Prosthesis to Final Prosthesis: In some cases, a temporary or provisional prosthesis is placed immediately after the All-on-4 surgery. This temporary prosthesis allows you to have functional teeth while the implants heal. After the initial healing period, your dental professional will take impressions and measurements to create a customized final prosthesis. The final prosthesis is usually placed once the implants have fully integrated with the jawbone, which may take a few months.

  5. Adjustments and Maintenance: After the placement of the final prosthesis, your dental professional will ensure that it fits properly and functions well. They may make minor adjustments to optimize your bite and comfort. You will also receive instructions on how to care for your All-on-4 prosthesis, including regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene and attend routine dental check-ups to ensure the long-term success of your All-on-4 treatment.

Throughout the post-surgery process, your dental professional will provide guidance, support, and regular follow-up care to ensure proper healing and a successful outcome for your All-on-4 treatment. It’s important to communicate any concerns or issues you may have and to follow their instructions diligently for optimal results.