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Who is the Right Candidate for All-on-4?
Patients who have lost most or all their lower or upper teeth may want to consider All-on-4. This innovative teeth replacement system entails placing titanium implants into the jawbone and fixing dentures over them. During a consultation with the dentist, you will undergo a dental evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for All-on-4.
How All-on-4 works
All-on-4 is an advanced tooth replacement option that uses dental implants. Dental implants function as artificial tooth roots and are inserted into the jawbone through the gum tissues during oral surgery. Once in place, the implant will fuse to the jawbone to provide maximum stability for the dentures.
With All-on-4, four dental implants placed strategically on the dental arch support a full denture. As implant-supported dentures, they allow patients to bite, smile and speak naturally without worrying about denture slippage.
Candidates for All-on-4
Ideal candidates for All-on-4 are missing several or all the teeth on either the lower or upper jaw. If only one or a few teeth are missing, All-on-4 would be far-reaching. Like any other oral surgery, candidates must be in good health to prevent the risk of complications. Cases of gum disease or infections must be treated before implant surgery, as they could increase the risk of implant failure.
Some medical conditions, including uncontrolled diabetes, can disqualify a patient because they affect bone healing. Individuals currently undergoing radiation therapy are usually not eligible for dental implants. The following are other factors the dentist will consider to determine a patient’s eligibility.
Dental implants are only suitable for healthy adults. The procedure might not be ideal for children, teenagers or young adults in their early twenties since they are still in the development stage and their jawbone is not fully formed. Generally, the best minimum age to undergo the procedure is the late twenties, although it is more common among middle-aged and older people.
Bone density and gum quality
Since the success of the All-on-4 procedure depends on osseointegration (the fusion of implants with the bone), patients must have adequate jawbone density and gum quality to hold the dental implants. Inadequate bone or gum tissues mean the dentist will need to perform grafting procedures to augment the soft and hard tissues. This may extend the treatment time, as the bone needs to heal properly.
Understanding the benefits and risks
Before proceeding with treatment, patients must be aware of the benefits and risks associated with the procedure. This will help them prepare adequately before and after the procedure and ensure a full recovery. Although these implant-supported dentures are highly beneficial, the procedure may take several months to finish. Osseointegration must be successful for full implant support. Knowing what to expect helps patients set realistic expectations.
All-on-4 functions, feels and looks like the natural teeth. The best way to know if you are a candidate for All-on-4 treatment is to visit the dental office for a consultation. During your appointment, the dentist will assess your condition and decide if All-on-4 or another alternative will be more suitable for you.
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