Dr. Ernesto Carmona is proud to provide the highest standard in dental implant treatment for patients who have lost all of their teeth on the upper and/or lower arch or will soon be losing all of their teeth. This remarkable solution is called many things, but “All-on-4” or “Teeth in a day” are the most popular because the entire row of teeth can be fixed onto 4 implants (sometimes more implants are required). In dental circles, this is often called a hybrid denture and can be fixed on as few as four dental implants.* The entire process of inserting the dental implants and having the hybrid denture attached can be accomplished on the same day. And, due to the unique design of the All-on-4 implant system, patients can typically receive this treatment without the need for costly bone or sinus grafting. However, with some patient circumstances, bone grafting is unavoidable.
The multi-unit abutment allows for the tilting of the two back implants. This means longer implants can be positioned in the front part of the jawbone, rather than in the back where the bone is often resorbed. This reduces the need for vertical bone augmentation. Anchoring the implants in better quality bone improves support for the denture. The forward placement helps avoid critical nerves, and in the case of an upper denture, helps avoid the maxillary sinus.
Both the upper and lower arch can be treated in this manner, although more patients are eager to replace their lower removable denture with an All-on-4 hybrid denture because removable lower overdentures have a great tendency to slip and become dislodged while speaking and eating.
Many people who have loose or ill-fitting dentures that often rub painful sores are great candidates for this treatment.