How All-on-4® Works
All-on-4® builds on the success of the original dental implant procedure performed in 1965, using only 4 dental implants to restore an entire arch of teeth. Those implants lasted more than 40 years before their owner passed away with the implants still in place and functioning.
The key to success of the All-on-4® system is using your body’s best bone density to support the implants. Two implants are placed in the front of your mouth, where you have thick bone that tends to be preserved more despite bone loss related to age or gum disease. The other two implants are placed toward the rear of the mouth, typically angled so they can be longer and get better purchase in your bone. This is what allows you to avoid bone grafts in most cases.
You will typically be fitted with a temporary denture at the time of the implant procedure, which can often be the same day that you had any remaining teeth extracted. The temporary denture looks attractive, but is designed to help healing.
After healing is complete, you will be fitted for your permanent denture, which can be either a removable or a fully fixed denture, depending on your preferences and the state of your oral health.