Full Set Teeth Replacement with All On 4 Dental Implants
‘All-On-4’ dental implants refer to “ALL” teeth being supported only ”ON FOUR” implants. The fixtures are spread evenly across the arch, and the back ones are placed at an angle that allows us to overcome bone deficiencies or nerves and vessels that are often found in the back of the jaws, whilst at the same time providing a stable base to support the teeth replacement.
It is not surprising that All On 4 dental implants has for a number of years been the most popular full set teeth replacement treatment in our clinic for patients who wear dentures and want a fixed or more permanent smile makeover from our Melbourne team, or those with deteriorated teeth who want to avoid wearing a plate. The ultimate aim of fixed teeth replacement with All On 4 dental implants is to improve the quality of life, and often also, the self-esteem of these patients. In our clinic, we additionally strive to do so in a most streamlined fashion, achieving high aesthetics and function of a smile makeover in as little as 2 days.
All On 4 dental implants are small fixtures made of medical grade titanium, which are inserted into the jawbone and serve as anchors for the teeth replacement. When a full set of teeth needs replacing, it is not necessary or recommended to place such fixtures under every tooth, – instead, a smaller number of implants can be used to support what is known as an implant bridge.
In the past we placed as many as 6 to 12 fixtures in full set teeth replacement to support the bridge. We did so largely because we were not completely sure if all the implants were going to be successful – so we placed more just in case some failed. But over the years we have learnt that implants do work through osseointegration, forming a permanent and reliable bond to the bone to support the bridge. We have also learnt that the more implants we used, the more difficult it was for patients to know how to clean them, which in turn had an effect on the longevity of their smile makeover treatment.
Today, we use as little as four fixtures to support an immediate fixed bridge. This means, in suitable patients we can deliver not only an aesthetic smile makeover in our Melbourne clinic with fixed teeth replacement, allowing our patients to eat and drink normally with renewed comfort and confidence, but also a solution that is simpler to clean and maintain over time.
All On 4 Dental Implants …when Less is More!
Since fewer implants are used now in comparison to older methods, there are less hardware components and less in the way of achieving optimal results, with more versatility in the aesthetic and functional design of teeth replacement. Just as important, is that there is also less in the way of cleaning, which is crucial to long-term success.
The All On 4 dental implants procedure is suitable for almost all lower jaws, and most uppers jaws. Those atrophic or compromised upper jaws with that are not suitable for this treatment may be suitable for the more advanced All-On-4 Plus approach.
Smile Makeover Melbourne
A successful smile makeover at our Melbourne clinic is more than just about nice looking teeth. It is the pink aesthetics (the appearance of the gums) that often makes the difference between ordinary and extraordinary results.
Aesthetic Gum Replacement – Predictably Enhancing Gingival Choreography
A nice looking smile involves balance and harmony between the gums, teeth and the lips. The symmetry and form of the gums in people with missing or deteriorated teeth is often compromised from gum disease or recession. Thus relying on their own gums to frame the replacement teeth with a smile makeover often leads to a poor aesthetic outcome.
An important component of All On 4 dental implants involves the replacement of the gum tissue with what we call ‘Aesthetic Gum Replacement’. The bridge is constructed with the gums incorporated into its design, predictably restoring healthy proportions and harmony that is desired for a natural looking smile.
In order to facilitate an optimal choreography of your smile with a makeover in our Melbourne clinic, an Alveolectomy is performed at the time of surgery. This involves the reshaping or reduction of the underlying bone in order to create the necessary space for Aesthetic Gum Replacement. It also creates a flatter interface for a prosthesis that not only has natural looking teeth, but one that also mimics the shapes of the natural bony ridges leading to healthy- looking gums, more natural lip aesthetics, and improved design for a longer-lasting restoration.
To find out more about your options or suitability for a smile makeover or teeth replacement with All On 4 Dental Implants, contact our Melbourne clinic today on (03) 8845 5400.