If you are longing for an attractive and functional permanent solution to missing teeth, you’ve probably looked at several denture and implant options options. But if you currently wear traditional dentures, have many missing or failing teeth, or need a full upper or lower restoration you may want to find a dentist who can perform an All-on-4 dental implant procedure. Here’s what you’re probably wondering about this method:
- How Does an All-on-4 Dental Implant Procedure Work?
All-on-4 implants, alternately written All on 4 or AO4, are dental prostheses that are secured using only four dental implants per arch, rather than six or eight. Dental implants are inserted without the need for bone grafts in this procedure, and the angled implants provide a more comfortable and secure fit than other implants.
- Are There Medical Risks?
All dental implants carry some risks, such as pain, bleeding and the complications associated with the bone rejecting the implants. But according to published studies, AO4 has a success rate of 98%. For most patients, this means that the risks are far outweighed by the potential benefits.
- What Are the Benefits?
AO4 implants restore not only a happy, confident smile, but also the ability to eat your favorite foods without concern. And since dental implants can prevent bone loss by simulating tooth roots and fill in the space left by missing teeth, you can even regain your previous facial structure and see fewer wrinkles around the lips. AO4 implants are permanent and are cared for with brushing and flossing, just like natural teeth.
- What Are the Cost Considerations?
All on 4 dental implants cost less than other dental implant procedures, since fewer implants are used (this also leads to reduced healing time). The implants and a full arch of teeth are generally completed in only one appointment, and fewer follow-up visits are necessary.
Do you have anything to add about AO4 procedures? Share your experience in the comments.