What are All-on-4 Implants?

Traditional dentures are akin to have a full or partial set of removable teeth. They offer the appearance of a natural smile, but denture wearers agree they don’t feel quite the same. Dentures often feel unstable and can easily slip while talking, eating, or drinking. They are also designed to be removed for cleaning and care.

All-on-4 implants solve many of the challenges associated with regular dentures. These implants also provide a full set of either upper or lower teeth. The main difference is that they’re a more permanent option because they’re implanted in your jawbone.

Similar to single dental implants, All-on-4 implants leverage metal, surgically inserted posts (four, to be exact) to hold the artificial teeth in place. But unlike single dental implants, All-on-4 implants do not need to be placed individually. You can get a full set of upper or lower teeth with just four implants.

Step One

Initial Consultation

As with many cosmetic dental procedures, All-on-4 implants is a major change to your body. It’s important to understand the procedure and set the right expectations, as well as consider other options that might be a better fit for you.

During our initial consultation, we’ll answer any questions you may have, explain the process in detail, and discuss specifics like timeline and cost. These can vary by patient, depending on things like the need for bone grafts, your dental insurance, and material (acrylic or porcelain).

Our goal during this stage is to make you an informed patient so you can make the best choice for your future.

Step Two

Insertion of the Implants

If you’re a good candidate for All-on-4 implants, your oral surgeon will precisely place four titanium posts into your jawbone. These posts will act like artificial roots for your dentures.

The posts will be fully covered by your dentures once the procedure is completed, leaving you with an all-natural look and feel. However, your jawbone will need time to heal from the insertion of the implants prior to receiving the full denture arch.

In many cases, the healing process for an All-on-4 implant procedure is quicker compared to individual implants. This system fuses to your bone much faster, which lends to its stability.

Step Three

Application of the Crowns

Once your jawbone has healed from the implantation, you’re ready to receive your permanent denture. The denture is attached to the four posts, which serve as the main anchors.

The result is an even, consistent-looking smile without the risk of your dentures slipping or falling.

Educational articles

Do I need grafting for a dental implant

For dental implants to be successful there must be enough bone to hold and support the implant. There are many reasons why you may not have enough bone in your jaw. These include gum disease, infection, trauma and wearing dentures. Bone grafting can come from your own body, a bone donor, an animal or it can be synthetic.

Are dental implants necessary? (Dental implants)

If you have one or a few missing teeth is it necessary to replace them with a dental implant?

The answer is no it is not necessary. Many people have a missing tooth or multiple teeth. They can eat, speak, talk perfectly fine. So why do so many people get dental implants then? Before we answer this let’s get the basics…

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?(Implant dentistry)

90% of dental implants remain intact after 10 years!

Depending on your lifestyle and dental hygiene, dental implants can have the potential to last 25-30 years – that’s as long as a mortgage!

Dental Implants – A Permanent Solution For Missing Teeth(Implant dentistry)

For a long while, bridges and dentures were the only dental solutions available to people with missing teeth. Today, however, dental implants are growing in popularity and have become one of the leading dental procedures performed to close the gap left by missing teeth. Instead of merely covering over the space of missing teeth, dental implants replace the tooth roots and are covered by permanent or removable replacement teeth made to match the colour and spacing of your original teeth. These new teeth look and feel like your own teeth because they are permanently fused with your jawbone