FAQ: All-On-4® Treatment Concept
How do I know if I'm a candidate for the All-On-4® Treatment Concept procedure?We utilize cutting-edge 3D imaging techniques to expertly assess which treatment option(s) will be right for you. Using the 3D image of your jaw, we evaluate bone quality, volume & quantity. Virtually 95% of patients with or without teeth are candidates for the All-On-4® Treatment Concept. We also perform virtual surgery before you are in the chair—meaning you will be able to see your results before the surgery, and each preplanned step will be executed with the utmost precision.
What is the success rate of the All-On-4® Treatment Concept procedure?Published studies show a 98.2% success rate when using the All-On-4® Treatment Concept in the lower jaw. Other studies show a 97 to 98% success in the upper jaw for the same procedure. Occasionally, an implant will fail. Knowing this, we carefully evaluate bone quality and quantity prior to your procedure, and will place additional implants if we feel it is a necessary precaution, making our success rate even higher.
How are All-On-4® Treatment Concept Dental Implants different from dentures?As opposed to dentures, All-On-4® Treatment Concept dental implants are a permanent set of teeth that look and feel natural, which means:
How do All-On-4® Treatment Concept Dental Implants compare to traditional implants?The All-On-4® Treatment Concept utilizes only 4 implants to replace all teeth on each arch, whereas traditional implants utilize anywhere from 6 to 8 implants in one arch. The angled placement of the implants in the All-On-4® Treatment Concept allows for increased support by using the natural support of your bone. Also, traditional implants often require bone grafting, a process that can take 6 months or more. The All-On-4® Treatment Concept protocol requires no bone grafting for most patients, with a success rate that is equal to or better than traditional implants.
The All-On-4® Treatment Concept can save you from unnecessary surgery and discomfort, as well as time and money!
Are dental implants safe?Dental implants are the state of the art in modern dentistry. They are small titanium "fixtures" that take the place of the natural root of the tooth. Gently implanted into the bone, these very tiny titanium roots actually bond or integrate with a patient's bone, more securely than natural root would. Most often, the implant is more stable than a natural tooth's root.
Sophisticated research for more than three decades in the United States and abroad has recognized titanium for its biological compatibility with the human body. Studies have shown that the earliest patients treated with these modern implants continue to enjoy healthy, stable smiles.
How long is recovery?The recovery is quick, usually two days with less pain than when your natural teeth were extracted.
Does it hurt?The All-On-4® Treatment Concept surgery is virtually painless. After the numbness wears off, you will experience a little swelling and soreness that will last a few days. Many patients return to their normal routine (work,etc.) 1–2 days after their surgery, and this time is needed not because of pain, but because they need to adjust to the presence of their new teeth, as it may affect their speech slightly.
What about my post-surgery diet?Because of the hidden metal framework we are able to include in our prefabrication process, your new teeth will be strong and stable. You will be able to eat most foods right away (except for hard, brittle or chewy foods), and you will be able to return to a regular diet within a few weeks.
Will people be able to see the line between the fixed bridge and the jaw bone?Our method eliminates this "line" in most patients. As part of your initial examination we evaluate your smile to determine where the junction of the fixed bridge and the jaw bone will be. During the All-On-4® Treatment Concept procedure, we make adjustments to ensure that your new smile is not too "gummy" and that the edge of your bridge is completely hidden.
Do you always use four implants?Most of the time, 4 implants are used. If we find it is necessary (due to lack of bone quality or quantity), we will use additional implants to ensure the strength and longevity of your new teeth.
Why don’t all dentists use the All-On-4® Treatment Concept?The All-On-4® Treatment Concept is fairly new, and not all dentists are comfortable performing this procedure. The OMA team are All-On-4® Treatment Concept specialists, and have been performing the procedure since it became available. Other more traditional treatments can sometimes be a viable option as well. In some cases, All-On-4® Treatment Concept is a better treatment option. When you come in for a consultation, we evaluate your condition and make a custom diagnosis to see what option/method is the best treatment for you.
I was told I would need bone grafting to "build up" the bone before any implants could placed. Does the All-On-4® Treatment Concept procedure involve bone grafting?In the majority of cases, we are able to place 4 implants and restore a full arch of teeth without bone grafting. We use computer guided techniques, which allow us to plan the exact placement of each implant at an angle to make maximum use of the existing bone, and avoiding bone grafting.