All-on-4® Treatment Concept
Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS is happy to offer the All-on-4 treatment concept. Since Dr. Paulo Malo introduced it in 1998, this treatment has helped hundreds of thousands of patients who need a full-arch treatment – total replacement of their upper jaw. In this procedure, Nobel Biocare products are successfully used.
Defining the Process
With this procedure, you’ll receive a fixed, full-arch prosthesis on the day you have surgery. This affordable solution doesn’t require any grafting (removing bone from another part of your body to strengthen your jaw) because the posterior implants are tilted, so they use the bone that’s already there. The procedure utilizes four implants (two straight anterior and two posterior that are tilted up to 45º) to fully rehabilitate your jaw.
Realizing the Benefits
About 98% of the patients who’ve had this procedure say they’d recommend it for numerous reasons. This is because they’ve had a rapid improvement in their quality of life since the procedure allows you to immediately use your jaw again thanks to the fixed provisional bridge that’s placed in your mouth on the day of your surgery. Once in place, most people feel that their mouth looks and works better, which helps improve their self-esteem. The entire procedure takes much less time than bone grafting. It’s also much less costly than traditional implants, especially considering that it can last for 5–10 years.
Seeing who can Benefit
Before determining if this is indeed the right treatment modality, it’s important to undergo a thorough evaluation. During this time, we’ll be able to predict how your treatment will turn out. Typically, we find that the All-on-4 treatment concept works best for patients who have terminal dentition. This means that their teeth are so diseased that there’s no other option available for them, but to replace their natural teeth with new, man-made teeth. About two-thirds of the people who receive this treatment are about to have no longer any of their teeth remaining.
Understanding how the Procedure Works
This oral surgery procedure (a.k.a. prosthodontics procedure) received its name from the fact that once completed, all of your teeth are supported on four dental implants. The entire process starts with us evaluating you to make sure that both your dental and your overall health will make you a good candidate for receiving dental implants. Once you’re deemed a good candidate, you’ll receive four implants. They’ll include a full arch of teeth, that’s made from titanium so it can fuse to the bone that’s present in your mouth and from there it serves as your teeth’s strong, new foundation.
Although this sounds pretty straightforward, it’s important to understand that there is minimal risk involved here. Not only could your mouth become infected, but you could also suffer from damaged nerve tissue. You may also bleed excessively either during or after the surgery. This is why not everyone makes a good candidate for this treatment.
Whether you think or you know that you need this treatment, call Julie A. Phillips, DDS, MS at 336-890-8218 to make an appointment to discuss it today.