All-on-4 is a method of replacing part or all of an arch of teeth using a combination of dentures and dental implants. Using this method, dentists can provide their patients unparalleled support and functionality for those who require dentures.
All-on-4 combines dentures and dental implants to replace many teeth at once with maximum support and stability, without needing dozens of implants.
Traditional dentures sit over the gum or are held in place by attaching to remaining healthy teeth. They’re notorious for being uncomfortable for many patients and have an unfortunate tendency to fall out when chewing certain foods. This can cause a lot of embarrassment and grief for denture wearers.
Dental implants are titanium screws that are inserted into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth root. Typically a single dental implant is used to replace a single tooth. When a patient is missing many teeth, however, this would become prohibitively expensive and time-consuming.
As the name suggests, through the careful selection of implant sites an entire row of teeth can be supported on as little as four implants. These four implants are strategically placed along the jaw to provide the most support possible. The denture is then connected to these implants with either screws or magnetic clips.
Implant-supported dentures are more stable, more reliable, and don’t fall out. They allow patients to eat a wider variety of foods without the anxiety of having their teeth fall out in public. Implant-supported dentures also don’t move around the mouth and cause irritation, swelling, or soreness to the gums.
All-on-4 implants are suitable for most patients, although there are some limiting factors: