Are you tired of your dentures and wanting a more permanent solution? Maybe you’re looking at the possibility of losing your teeth due to advanced periodontal disease. If you’ve consulted with your dentist about dental implants and been told you’re not a likely candidate, you can still achieve a healthy and happy smile with the help of Hylan Dental Care of Aurora.
If you have some jawbone shrinkage, All-on-4 dental implants is a procedure that can be used to replace your missing teeth. When there’s bone loss, traditional dental implants would require bone grafting to provide a base for the implants and that generally means a lengthy treatment time. All-on-4 implants require a simple surgical placement of four implant screws and bone grafting isn’t necessary. Once the surgery is complete, a prosthetic bridge is firmly attached to the implant screws, securing the arch permanently in place.
Are there risks associated with all-on-4 implants?
There are many dentists who think all-on-4 dental implants are a shortcut to avoid bone grafting. Because there is less bone structure to work with, the implants are placed at sharp angles to help keep them in place when the overdenture is attached. This presents a couple of risks:
- The implants are smaller than traditional implants which results in a lot of stress on the fixtures
- If one implant fails, the other three have to carry the load and that strain would likely cause complete system failure
Plus, bone loss is still a concern with all-on-4s as the body continues to resorb jaw bone minerals when there are no teeth present. Dental implants are the best way to put a stop to this process because the implants stimulate growth and actually make the jaw bone healthier and stronger. Placing only four in the anterior portion of the jaw (as with the all-on-4 procedure) leaves other areas of the jaw at risk for bone atrophy. If you want to learn more, visit our facial collapse page.
All-on-6 dental implants
The risks associated with the all-on-4 procedure can be greatly reduced by placing two more implants. All-on-6 dental implants increase the stability and safety for patients and that alone makes the procedure more appealing to our doctors. We will explain the costs, risks and expected benefits of four or six implants vs. bone grafting (which will take more time and cost more money). It’s important that you have all the information you need to decide for yourself what procedure is best for you.
Implants are not a “one-size-fits-all” solution. We would be happy to meet with you for a complimentary consultation to discuss any questions you might have and explain any and all risks that may pertain to your specific situation. Call our office to make an appointment or request one online.