Carl Horton


"All-on-4" is a specific treatment procedure that uses dental implants to fully restore a patient's oral function and appearance if they've lost all or most of their teeth. The name "All-on-4" refers to the fact that a full arch of replacement teeth can be supported by just four dental implants. It is also referred to as Immediate Full Arch Loading or IFAL. 



Here's a breakdown of how the All-on-4 treatment typically works:

  1. Consultation and Planning: The first step is a thorough consultation and examination, including X-rays and 3D imaging, to evaluate your oral health and bone. This allows planning the precise locations for the implants.

  2. Placement of Implants: During the procedure, four or six dental implants are placed in the jawbone - two at the front and two at the back. The back implants are usually inserted at an angle to maximize contact with the jawbone, particularly in patients where bone loss is an issue.

  3. Attachment of Replacement Teeth: Once the implants are placed, a fixed bridge of teeth (often made from acrylic or other durable materials) is attached to these implants, providing immediate function and aesthetic improvement. This doesn't move or rock which can be an issue with dentures.  

One of the key benefits of All-on-4 implants is that they often eliminate the need for bone grafting, a common prerequisite for traditional implants, thanks to the strategic placement of the implants. Additionally, patients can have a full set of replacement teeth in a relatively short timeframe.

However, it's important to note that All-on-4 may not be suitable for everyone, and individual suitability is something that will be discussed.  All-on-4 implants can offer a life-changing transformation, restoring function, improving oral health, and boosting self-confidence




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