All-on-4 Dental Implants in Box Hill
All-on-4 dental implant treatment refers simply to construction of a full arch of teeth supported by four implants (sometimes six) in the upper jaw and four implants in the lower jaw. The two back implants are usually tilted backwards at an angle to provide secure and optimal support for prosthetic teeth. This also helps to avoid certain anatomical structures during surgery and can eliminate the need for additional surgical procedures, such as bone grafting.
The All-on-4 dental implants concept was developed by Professor Paulo Malo in 1993, and has simplified treatment for edentulous patients and patients with failing dentitions. This treatment provides patients with not only cost effective and sometimes life changing results, but also offers shorter treatment times than conventional implant treatment.
Two to four days following placement of the implants, a temporary bridge (full set of teeth) will be securely fixed to the implants and will be worn for approximately three-to-six months. During this time, the implants become bonded to the bone. The temporary bridge, made of metal reinforced plastic, allows any changes to be made to ensure the patient is completely happy with the appearance before the final bridge is made. After the final bridge is fitted, the temporary bridge is retained for future use in the event that the permanent bridge needs to be removed for repair.
The implants will be monitored for three-to-six months following the surgery to ensure bonding to the bone is complete before the final bridge is made. The final bridge consists of a milled titanium bar with highly aesthetic acrylic teeth and offers precision of fit combined with good aesthetics and strength. There is also the option, at additional cost, of using ceramic (porcelain) teeth which offer excellent aesthetics combined with increased strength, and usually less maintenance.
All-on-4 Dental Implants, Cosmetic Dentistry and More
Call Melbourne Dental Implant Centre to learn more about All-on-4 dental implants. We also offer porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry services to help you smile with confidence.