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Fewer implants, better results
The All-on-4 ® treatment concept is a dental implant solution strategically designed for toothless jaws. If your teeth need to be pulled or you no longer want to live without teeth, the All-on-4 ® treatment concept might be the right solution for you.
With only four dental implants, the All-on-4 ® treatment concept can restore a complete jaw of missing teeth.
This technique offers you several advantages:
Shorter treatment time, lower costs
The low number of implants needed for the All-on-4 ® treatment concept considerably reduces treatment time and often makes this solution more cost-effective than comparable treatment alternatives.
A very elaborate way of placing implants at the back of the mouth also makes it a treatment option for patients whose jaw bone is severely reduced after years without teeth.
Fixed teeth from day one
Depending on your individual dental situation, your dentist can connect your implants to a temporary bridge on the day of surgery. This means you can leave the dental office with a full set of teeth and return to leading a normal life. After a certain healing time, your dentist will exchange your temporary bridge with the final bridge created by a dental laboratory.
Speak to your dentist to find out if the All-on-4 ® treatment concept is the right solution for you.
Diagnosis and treatment planning
Your dentist will first examine your dental situation carefully to decide if you meet the pre-requisites for dental implant treatment. It is essential that your gums and jaw bone are free from inflammation. If necessary, these conditions are treated prior to surgery.
During diagnosis, the dentist also evaluates what type of jaw bone you have and how much of it is left. After years of living with missing teeth, your jaw bone can sometimes be severely reduced. In this case, your dentist will discuss alternative procedures with you to make dental implant treatment possible.
Your dentist may opt to use digital tools to plan your treatment by generating an exact 3D image of your mouth. This will help the dental team immensely during surgery because it helps them find the best angle and depth for your implant.
Placing the implant
Implant placement usually is an outpatient procedure and, thanks to local anesthesia, you will hardly feel anything. Depending on the individual situation in your mouth, implants are placed in a one or multiple-step procedure.
After surgery, your dentist usually places a temporary crown, bridge or just a small plastic cap on top of your implant while the implant integrates with the jaw bone. The integration of implant and bone is called osseointegration (from Greek osteon, bone). Depending on your individual situation, it can take from a few weeks to a few months. In the meantime, your dentist will work with a dental laboratory to design and manufacture your final restoration. Your customized crown, bridge or bar is then attached to the implant with a tiny screw or cement.
Nobel Biocare implants are designed to maximise the opportunity for Immediate Function. This means that your dentist will often be able to place a temporary restoration on the day of surgery, so that you can leave with a provisional set of fixed teeth and reduce the number of visits to your dentist.