What Is All-on-4?
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First developed in 1980 by a Portuguese dentist by the name of Paulo Malo, the All-on-4 dental cosmetic procedure has seen a dramatic rise in popularity over the last three decades. This is primarily due to its incredibly effective abilities to restore the loss of multiple teeth, all without hindering function, appearance, or patient comfort.
All About the Implant: the All-on-4 Procedure at a Glance
Although dentists offer a number of replacement methods, conventional dentures and bridges are not always the most suitable. Prior to the introduction of standard implants and the more advanced, All-on-4 procedure, patients had no choice but to live with gapped teeth (in the event of individual tooth loss), or have a complete set of upper or lower dentures installed.
It goes without saying that no man-made product, regardless of how far modern dental technology has come, can take the place of a person’s natural teeth. Most dentists will emphasize the importance of maintaining structural integrity at all times; that said, if a sufficient amount of jawbone is available, implants will be presented as the most viable solution.
How it Works
All-on-4 implants are custom-designed to suit the specific, individual contours of a patient’s mouth, thereby ensuring a snug, permanent fit. Once in place, these synthetic teeth look, feel, and most importantly, function like the real thing. This means you can brush, floss, and clean them like you normally would, and get that perfect smile you have always dreamed of.
Not needing to hassle with the application of adhesives or worry about eating certain foods is reason enough for many patients to opt for the All-on-4 procedure.
The main difference between this approach and the use of traditional implants is that the latter use anywhere from 6-8 teeth per arch, whereas 4 is the magic number for Malo’s method.
Inserted at an angle instead of directly vertical, All-on-4 implants naturally interact and conform better to a patient’s jawbone, and they also do not require the implementation of bone grafting. With a nearly 100% success rate, it is no surprise that these new-age implants have taken the field of cosmetic dentistry by storm.
The best part is that instead of inserting a pre-fabricated set, each implant is created in a lab for the optimal fit. You will be the only one to know you have fake teeth; that is how real these implants look and perform!