Before All-on-4® and All-on-6® implant technology, people who were missing several teeth had to get a single implant for each replacement tooth. All-on-4® Dental Implants are a new implant technique that offers patients who have lost all or most of their teeth a permanent solution in the least invasive way possible. The All-On-6® dental implant procedure uses six dental implants to create a permanent prosthesis. Six implants are placed in the lower or upper jawbone to act as anchors for the over-denture, holding dentures firmly in place.
The name of the implant technology is based on whether the denture is positioned entirely on either four or six dental implants. Some similarities exist between the All-on-4® and the All-on-6® implant technologies. The surgical insertion of dental implants into the jawbone is necessary for both procedures. Both All-on-4® and All-on-6® dental implant procedures require the use of general anesthesia, which can be helpful if you are generally nervous about dental procedures. Both implants are made to integrate with the jaw and function similarly to natural teeth. The All-on-4® implant procedure can be completed in four to six months. It may take longer for those who require additional dental work. Both procedures of All-on-4® and All-on-6® implant technology require the surgical placement of dental implants into the jawbone and are effective solutions for people who are missing many teeth.
While these treatments are similar and generally aim to achieve similar results, some significant differences may lead a dentist to recommend one over the other. Usually, it is believed that the number of implants increases the strength of the implants and the jaw bones, allowing chewing force to be properly and evenly distributed. In an All-on-6® procedure, two additional implants, making a total of six implants, will be strategically placed to provide good stability and long-term advantages. However, the quantity and quality of bones vary from person to person, which makes it difficult to place six implants in one curve. Dental surgeons may need to perform a bone grafting or place additional dental implants. When surgeons discover a sufficient amount and quality of bone, All-on-6® is ideal. Otherwise, for those who do not want to undergo such extensive surgical procedures, All-on-4® is an excellent option.
The cost of the surgery is another difference between All-on-4® and All-on-6®. Since bone grafting is an additional surgical procedure required when a greater number of implants are involved, it raises the cost because of the additional implants and other surgical procedures. However, dental surgeons will advise and suggest the best and simplest technique for you. Cunning Dental Group will analyze your situation and recommends the best option to ensure a positive dental treatment experience.
In essence, both All-on-4® and All-on-6® dental implants are suitable for full-mouth rehabilitation. A dental implant placed in your jaw helps to strengthen the bone in which it is implanted. Your teeth help keep the bones in your jaw stable. The jawbones deteriorate when teeth are missing. As a result, people who have worn dentures for a long time may appear to have a sunken jaw when they remove their dentures. This can make people appear much older than they are. Dental implants stimulate and maintain the strength of the jawbone, preventing this sunken appearance.
To learn more about All-on-4® and All-on-6® implants, contact Cunning Dental Group and we will help decide which is the best option for you. Call (855) 328-6646 to speak with one of our 15 dentists and specialists about your concerns.