All About All-on-4® Treatment Concept
At Canyon Oral & Facial Surgery, our oral surgery office is changing the way you think of dentures, by permanently securing them to your jaw. Imagine having a full mouth of functional teeth that are fixed in place, giving you reliable, dependable teeth. We can provide you dentures that you never have to worry about, they will not shift, move, and we will not need to cover the roof of your mouth to have them. This level of comfort sounds and will feel miraculous, particularly if you have already felt the discomfort of loose dentures. Dr. Falk and Dr. Krieger can evaluate your needs, and show you the difference that the All-on-4® Treatment Concept can provide. Throw out your notions of what having dentures is like, and see what a difference we can make.
Using the All-on-4® Treatment Concept system, our patients can come in with no healthy remaining teeth, some have been wearing dentures for years, and can leave our office with a full mouth of permanent implant retained dentures. With more than 99.6% long term rate of success, implant retained dentures has soared to the most successful dental restoration. Increasingly, patients are looking for this system when retaining their natural teeth is no longer an option.
The goal of our team at Canyon Oral & Facial Surgery, is to make your mouth healthy and functional, we want to eliminate infection, and provide our patients with teeth that they can use to chew normally. Additionally, patients are concerned with how their teeth and mouth look, and we understand that need, your teeth is often the first thing that people notice. Implant retained dentures fill out your facial structure, giving your face a younger appearance, and helps keep your supporting bone strong. We can provide you comfort, and we understand that the loss of teeth is one of the least comfortable feelings.
What is the All-on-4® Treatment Concept?The All-on-4® Treatment Concept is a comprehensive process that will restore your teeth after the patient has reached a point of having no healthy teeth remaining. This system uses an immediate load fixed prosthetic denture device that is supported with the insertion of four dental implants. We are able to use this system to secure dentures in either the top or bottom arch.
The All-on-4® Treatment Concept works by taking your current or newly made dentures which we then permanently attach directly to your jaw bone, we do this by placing four dental implants straight through the denture and into your jaw. This treatment is unlike other implant replacement options, because the All-on-4® Treatment Concept does not require us to bulk up the bone, or to strengthen it with a bone graft. So, even if you have been wearing dentures for years, we can still permanently install your dentures without timely preparatory work.
The All-on-4® Treatment Concept can work with your current bone mass because the posts are longer, allowing them to be placed into more dense bone, and because the implants are tilted at an angle which adds to its stability. Once placed, there will be a time for healing, not just topical tissue healing, but bone healing. We still want the bone to heal, and grow around the implants through a process known as osseointegration, fusing the implants to your bone. After placement, we will ask that the patient eats only soft foods, and use their teeth with care for about three months. After the implants have had time to bond with the bone, the patient can then resume eating the foods that are part of their regular diet.
What is osseointegration?Osseointegration is a natural process that we are taking advantage of. Your body is willing to incorporate biocompatible materials, including dental implants. Dental implants, such as the one we will be using in your All-on-4® Treatment Concept treatment are made of the metal titanium. Titanium is the ideal metal for surgical repair, it is lightweight, durable and biocompatible. Titanium is not just used in dental implants but in surgical repairs in many various parts of the body, including shoulders, knees, and hips. The natural process of osseointegration is the fusion of the object, in this case a dental implant, and the patient’s bone. Your living bone will heal, growing around the metal, making the metal part of the bone, and a permanent part of your body.
Traditional Dentures vs. Implant Retained DenturesThe All-on-4® Treatment Concept means your dentures will not shift, they will not become loose, and they will not click in your mouth. You will have permanently placed teeth that you can feel confident in.
Immediate load dentures, which are retained with implants offers patients many benefits including:
Dr. Falk and Dr. Krieger understand that your teeth are important to your oral health and your mental health. Patients who feel uncomfortable with their teeth, or the lack of teeth, have been shown to pull back socially, they smile less, engage less, and suffer from feelings of social anxiety. Dr. Falk and Dr. Krieger can help.
Dentures are often a necessary step as an alternative to teeth in aging adults. Traditional dentures, though necessary, have never been noted for being easy to work with. Dentures to provide limited function, and are better than no teeth, but the All-on-4® Treatment Concept, can increase a patient’s comfort and function immeasurably.
Traditional dentures require patients to make drastic changes in their day to day activities, you can never just forget that you have them. Most patients who wear dentures are forced to make drastic changes, changes in the foods they eat and changes in how they socially engage. Dentures require specific steps in preparing for bed and in the morning when you wake, not to mention the many hours that you go without teeth altogether while you sleep. Patient dissatisfaction with traditional dentures is high.
Some of the most common complaints of unsecured traditional dentures, include:
We want to help you forget that you even have dentures, we can improve all of these aspects and give you peace of mind with the All-on-4® Treatment Concept.
Long Term Success Rate of the All-on-4® Treatment ConceptThe research is an ongoing process, but after more than two decades of use, the long term rate of success for All-on-4® Treatment Concept is positive. Published studies show a 99.6% rate of success when using the All-On-4® Treatment Concept in the lower jaw. The upper jaw has a slightly lower, though still very high, rate of success between 97 to 98%. Failure for those few patients has been due to lack of appropriate bone, knowing this, our team at Canyon Oral & Facial Surgery pays careful attention to evaluating the bone quality and density prior to your procedure. There are steps we can take to maximize your success including angling the implants in a specific way, or placing additional implants when needed. Our careful steps makes our success rates even higher.
How is the All-on-4® Treatment Concept different from traditional dentures?The All-On-4® Treatment Concept turns your denture appliance into a permanent set of teeth that will feel like your natural teeth. This means:
All-on-4® Treatment Concept ResultsA question that we are often asked is the level of pain following placement. Based on research and review of past patients, it is our understanding that following the placement of your All-on-4® Treatment Concept dentures, patients experience very limited discomfort. The first few days they are sore, and find that an over the counter medication is necessary. Some patients may even be prescribed a stronger form of pain relief. Within a few days, most patients are feeling normal once again and can then begin to grow used to their new freedom of enjoying teeth once again.
Adjusting to your implant retained dentures will require some time. You may find it to be initially unusual to chew or speak. With some practice, it will become easier and better. Overall healing will take some time, though overall the All-on-4® Treatment Concept is a less invasive oral surgery procedure compared to other surgical restorations. This is mainly because it does not require the preparatory work of a bone graft procedure, making the overall planning and treatment time considerably less, not to mention the overall cost less.
Most of our patients have reported that immediate fixed dentures present significantly less disruption to their daily life. We know that you will love the freedom and aesthetics of this treatment. Overall, research and long term studies have displayed a consistently high level of patient happiness and satisfaction.
Ask Dr. Falk or Dr. Krieger if the All-on-4® Treatment Concept is right for you, we think that you will be pleasantly surprised.