Is the All-on-4 Procedure New or Experimental?
The ability to create a complete set of permanent teeth on a foundation of four dental implants is only new relative to other, more traditional tooth replacement alternatives. Options such as dentures and partials have existed for hundreds of years, whereas dental implants have become more popular during the early 1950’s.
If your oral surgeon has recommended the procedure called All-On-4 in the Chicago Loop area, you can be assured that it is certainly not experimental. Rather, the procedure has been developed as part of the natural progression of implant dentistry and was first introduced over 10 years ago. The concept is supported by good clinical outcomes from an abundance of studies using protocols in which four implants have been placed to support a full-arch prosthesis and published data on the All-on-4 concept shows cumulative survival rates between 92.2 and 100%.
Additionally, based on decades of long-term clinical evidence that supports the success of dental implants to replace missing teeth, it quickly became apparent that implants could be modified to meet the needs of virtually every patient. Just as a single implant could replace a single missing tooth, a series of implants could also be used to replace a group of teeth.
The strength and integrity of four strategically placed implants can easily support a complete upper or lower denture to create a stable, permanent smile. The individual advantages of single implants used together maximizes the prevention of bone loss, eliminates shifting dentures, and restores patient confidence.
Since the titanium posts that are implanted into the jaw bone are readily accepted by the human body, the risk for an allergic response of rejection does not pose a concern for patients. By utilizing only four implants, the All-On-4 procedure affords patients a number of additional benefits. Most cases can be completed in a single dental visit, even when patients have suffered extensive bone loss. In fact, bone grafting is typically not necessary, and patients find that they can resume normal eating and speaking within the same day.
The use of dental implants is not questionable or experimental, but, as implant dentistry continues to grow, we can expect to see an increase in the number of ways in which implants can be used to restore your smile’s beauty and function. Dental implants are, in fact, the most predictable medical procedure that is performed.
Drs. Steven Koos and Brian Shah, your dual-degree oral maxillofacial surgeons serving Cook County Chicago, can help you to explore your dental implant options including the All-On-4 procedure. Call 312-328-9000 to schedule your consultation today.