Fewer treatments have altered restorative dentistry more than dental implants - particularly modern implants. In the past, a patient looking to replace a full upper or lower arch of teeth was limited to removable dentures or fragile ceramic implants. Now, with the advancements made in zirconia implants and oral surgery, replacing multiple teeth has never been simpler.
Some of the most common and widely known implant protocols are the All-On-4 and All-On-6 dental implants. Individuals considering dental implants might be familiar with these protocols by name, but what should your patients really know about these two transformative treatments?
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1. What Are They?
All-On-4 and All-On-6 are both forms of dental implants that are designed to hold a set of removable or fixed dentures to a set of either 4 or 6 dental implants. These implants are designed to bond to the jaw of the patient and mimic the pressure that would be placed on it by a set of normal teeth.
When explaining this to your patients, describe the possibility of having an entire arch of teeth that is connected as a whole, with only 4 or 6 “roots” that go into their jaw. You can also compare this procedure to other dental implant solutions, which may require an entire set of implants, depending on how many teeth they’re replacing.
After a brief, minimally invasive surgery, assure your patient that he or she will be given a temporary set of dentures to wear until their mouth is fully healed and their permanent dentures are ready. Whether your patient opts for removable or fixed dentures is a matter of lifestyle and personal preference, but fixed dentures generally require less maintenance for both you and your patient. Following the implant procedure, let your patients know that they will only need a few check-ups to monitor how their implants are healing and to see how their dentures are fitting. After that, it’s nothing but beautiful and natural-looking smiles!
2. All-On-4 vs. All-On-6
The major difference between the two treatments is right in their names – All-On-4 involves placing 4 dental implants and All-On-6 involves placing 6. While this might not seem like an important distinction to your patients, it could mean a world of difference depending on their specific dental problems.
Patients with greater bone loss from their missing teeth or with more sensitive mouths in general greatly benefit from an All-On-6 placement. The additional implants provide far better strength and stability to your patient’s bites. Every bite has a more even distribution of pressure on the implants, meaning that they’re more likely to last longer and not need as many repairs or readjustments.
Be certain to emphasize that the extra implants also provide more strength for your patient's jaws. Make sure they to tell them how they can avoid that “sunken” jaw appearance that typically comes from wearing traditional dentures, since each implant stimulates the jaw through talking and eating.
Ask your patients which of the two options feels more suited for them, and remember – there’s still no wrong answer when it comes to restoring their smile with dental implants.
Both treatments offer your patients all the benefits that normally come with dental implants, but also many unique benefits as well.
While dental implants are traditionally less invasive and require less healing time than other restorative methods, the All-On treatment takes it one step further. Since fewer implants are required with All-On-4 or All-On-6, your patients rarely have to worry about any extensive bone reconstruction or augmentation required to keep the implants in place. The surgery and implantation can be completed in one visit in as little as three hours, saving your patients from making multiple appointments to restore their smile.
As opposed to other implant solutions that can require up to 9 months of healing time, your patients can expect minimal swelling and a healing time of around 3 months on average. No matter if your patients choose a fixed or removable denture, caring for them is as simple as caring for their own natural teeth. Both All-On solutions are meant to be a permanent, natural-looking, and comfortable solution for patients with missing multiple teeth – after their initial healing period, they’ll likely forget that they even have dental implants to begin with.
Dental implants have always been one of the most effective and advanced means of replacing missing teeth. A treatment like the All-On system makes it possible for your patients to enjoy their favorite foods without pain, laugh and smile normally, and live their lives to the fullest again - no matter how serious their dental problems!
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