All on Four refers to the replacement of ALL teeth ON FOUR dental implants, which support them. It is a modern technique where the back implants are placed to provide the required support for total rehabilitation. Since fewer implants are used by comparison to older methods, there is less in the way of achieving optimal results. It also allows for simpler long-term maintenance and uncomplicated cleaning.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants themselves are small titanium fixtures that are inserted into the jawbone and have, for a long time, been used to support a tooth or a ‘Bridge’ of a segment of teeth. The fixtures form the foundation for the prosthetic replacement teeth. However, when we replace a full set of teeth, often referred to as full arch rehabilitation, whether in the upper or lower jaws or both, we do not need to place an implant under every tooth. We place 2 implants in the front of the arch and 2 in the back at an intended angle, and together these form the required foundation to support the prosthesis.
By using fewer dental implants to support the prosthesis there is a smaller number of components, thus more versatility to design the most optimal function and aesthetics. Importantly there is also less in the way of cleaning, which helps simplify the hygiene and maintenance over time.
This procedure is the most common treatment in our clinic today for full arch rehabilitation and when appropriate it is often suitable for all lower jaws and most uppers. But even in Upper cases with extremely poor quality or quantity of bone, at Port Melbourne Dental care we can still offer reliable and streamlined immediate solutions using our own implant treatments.
ALL ON 4 PROCESS
The All-on-Four concept involves the immediate fitting of the prosthesis to the fixtures, also known as Immediate Loading. It sounds simple, and this is exactly what we aim for our patients to experience. A process that appears to be simple and seamless. But this is not to be confused with it being a simple procedure. This is a highly advanced surgical procedure that offers many advantages to older methods of teeth replacement, and which has remarkable success when performed by experienced professionals who have received special training.
To facilitate the immediate replacement of teeth there must also be a facility that can cater to immediate loading with a specially fitted operatory that is equipped for general anaesthetic or IV sedation, as well as an integrated dental implants laboratory.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR ALL-ON-4 TREATMENT?
If you’re considering All-On-4 treatment, you likely have all or most of your teeth missing. Perhaps you have tried dentures as well and come to the conclusion that you want a more secure and comfortable solution.
With All on 4 treatment, you simply need to have good oral health and no signs of gum disease or other dental conditions that could interfere with the placement of the implants!
To determine if you’re eligible for the procedure, we recommend consulting with one of our qualified dentists for a more thorough assessment.
HOW DURABLE ARE ALL ON 4 IMPLANTS?
Our All-On-4 implants are designed to be long-lasting and durable. With proper care and maintenance, they can last a lifetime! Regular dental check-ups and maintaining good oral hygiene are crucial for their longevity, however.
The titanium implants themselves are incredibly strong and integrate with your jawbone, becoming a permanent part of your mouth. The fixed set of teeth attached to these implants is generally made of high-quality materials like acrylic or porcelain. This makes them a reliable solution for those in need of a full-arch teeth replacement.
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY ALL-ON-4 IMPLANTS?
The great thing about implants is that maintenance is quite simple! You simply have to maintain good oral hygiene and come in for regular checkups with our dentist every 6 months to make sure your oral health is on the right track.
Daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing with a non-alcoholic mouthwash is a great oral hygiene routine that will help keep your implants and surrounding gums healthy.
COST OF ALL-ON-4 IMPLANTS IN PORT MELBOURNE
The cost of All On 4 Implants can vary widely depending on several factors, including if any prior treatments are needed like extractions or bone grafts.
It’s vital to consult with one of our experienced dentists for a personalised assessment and a detailed estimate based on your specific needs and unique condition. We also provide flexible payment plans for your convenience.