What is “All-On-4”?

13th March 2016

If you have lost all your teeth in a jaw or need to have them all replaced we can now remove failing teeth, place implants and provide you with a fixed bridge all in the same day. The good news if you need to replace your teeth with dental implants is that you do not need as many implants as new teeth.

All-On-4” is a treatment concept that has evolved over the past 20 years involving the placement of four and in some cases more, Titanium implants into either an upper or lower jaw and then fixing a whole set of teeth on them. In many cases, the treatment can be completed within a day or so. Implant manufacturer Nobel Biocare pioneered the evolution of All-on-4 technique.

As we have an on site laboratory, you can now visit into our practice in heart of the City of London in the morning with failing teeth or missing teeth and walk out the very same day with a whole new set of natural-looking, natural-acting teeth! That really is something to smile about.

As the name suggests, All On 4 implants use just four implants, which can support a full set of new teeth in the form of a fixed bridge. All-On-4 implants do not require bone grafts and is suitable for patients with a lot less bone than is necessary in standard dental implant protocols.

In the All on 4 protocol, implants are placed and angled in such a way that they can support several teeth, withstanding the forces created by biting and chewing. Special implants are also available for patients with extreme bone loss. You can read more about implants here.

What happens during an “All-On-4” procedure?
Day of the procedure
  1. Arrive at the practice in the morning, accompanied by an escort who can take you home at the end of the day
  2. Sign the necessary paperwork and settle into the treatment chair
  3. Your surgeon will administer IV sedation, which will take effect in a few minutes
  4. Your surgeon will place the implants, this usually takes about two hours. With sedation feels like minutes
  5. In the afternoon your surgeon will fit a fixed provisional bridge
  6. Finally, you will have the chance to look at your new smile in the mirror.
After the procedure

After two to three weeks our surgeon will check your implants for proper healing and talk to you about any issues you are having with fit or function.

After 3-4 months, once the implants have fully healed. you will receive your permanent implant bridge.

Thanks to Mark Vardon our Prosthodontist & Oral Surgeon for writing this post. You can book a consultation to get teeth in a day by calling 020 7236 3600.

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