Are you a Candidate for the All-On-4® Treatment?
If you’re thinking about getting dental implants to replace an entire row of teeth, then you should consider All-on-4. This method of treatment allows us to plant an arch of teeth on four implant posts. If you qualify for dental implants, then All-on-4 will most likely work for you. However, first, you must determine whether or not you’re a candidate.
Since All-on-4 depends on dental implants, the requirements for candidacy for All-on-4 are very similar to those for implants. In particular, you should have good dental health and good general health. You should also not smoke or take any medications that may hinder the healing process.
Dental health issues damage regular teeth, and they can harm dental implants as well. If you presently have or have ever had gum disease, that may damage dental implants. We can provide treatment for gum disease and monitor your mouth to see if it returns, but the risk is still there.
Other Health Concerns
During your consultation, Dr. Lynn Jones will go over your overall health and determine if you qualify as a candidate. If you have any conditions such as diabetes that will impact your dental health, that is something you need to tell us during your consultation. You cannot have dental implants put in if you recently had or plan to have radiation therapy for your jaw.
If you have good overall health, then you should qualify as a candidate. Provided that you’re healthy, your age will provide no hindrance to surgery.
Certain medications can cause problems during the healing period for dental implant surgery. The most common offenders are antidepressants and bisphosphonates (which are osteoporosis medications).
[[[Antidepressants can raise the risk of implant failure by up to six times or more.
~Certain bisphosphonates may cause a condition where the jawbone starts to die in the areas near the implants, but this is rare and usually only happens with strong versions of the medication.]]]
If you smoke, the risk of implant failure goes up by three times or more. We encourage quitting completely, but if you can quit for the duration of the surgery and healing period, it should work.
Is All-on-4 Right for You?
If you qualify for dental implants, you have options. While not everyone needs it, All-on-4 works better for certain people. If you may end up losing all of your teeth at once or want to receive all your new teeth in one day, All-on-4 is a good choice. It’s also a very cost-effective implant treatment. Most patients get their teeth extracted, their implants posts placed and their dentures added all in one visit!
People who have dentures (and are fed up with them) are good candidates for All-on-4. All-on-4 is superior to dentures in both appearance and function, and if you’re wearing full dentures, we won’t need to remove any teeth.
Bone Graft Patients
People who need bone grafts will also benefit from All-on-4. Bone grafts are beneficial procedures, but if you go with All-on-4, you won’t need them, saving you time and money.
For more information, please contact our office at (425) 688-1345.