A DetAileD GuiDe to GettinG new teeth with “All-on-4” Dental Implants, PART 1 This four-part article series provides an in-depth discussion on what the “All-on-4” technique is, how it works and its benefits over other traditional tooth replacement technologies.
We’ve come very far as a society. The illnesses that might once have killed us can now be treated with a single pill or prevented entirely with a single injection. The injuries that might once have left us stricken and immobile can now be repaired in surgery with the use of titanium metal pins and joints. A failed organ would mark the end of your life – nowadays we can replace them with new ones. Modern medicine and surgery work wonders and our understanding of the importance of good hygiene, good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle prevent us from falling ill more frequently. Yet in spite of all of this, tooth loss is still one of the most prevalent health issues in the United States. According to the Surgeon General Report, about 33 million Americans have lost every single one of their original adult teeth. A further 100 million have lost between 11 and 15 of their teeth. The cause of rampant tooth loss and edentulism (the state of being toothless) is most commonly tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. But, just as we are able to prevent and treat a whole host of illnesses and conditions, so too can modern dental healthcare experts prevent and treat the nasty ailments that cause tooth loss. And if it is too late for treatment, you can get new teeth in a day.
Welcome to our four-part article series on tooth loss and the modern sophisticated dental implant protocol – the “All-on-4” - that can be used to give patients beautiful new teeth in one day. In Part 1, we shall be discussing the development of the “All-on-4” technique. In Part 2, we shall examine exactly how this protocol works and the procedure required to place it. In Part 3, we shall move on to discuss the benefits of “All-on-4” implants over traditional approaches to tooth loss treatment and in Part 4, we shall take a look at the costs involved.
So, without further ado, let’s begin!
Removable dentures have been the preferred teeth replacement method for many hundreds of years. Even when dental implants were introduced in 1950 and became popular in the subsequent decades, patients still opted for dentures to replace arches of missing teeth. This had much to do with the cost of replacing so many missing teeth with implants, but also the trauma of such procedures, which would often take several months and even up to a year and a half to give patients new teeth. European implantologist, Dr. Paulo Malo recognized the desperate need of patients for a new and more sophisticated solution to rampant tooth loss and edentulism. Removable dentures simply came with too many challenges and repeat expenses for them to remain a viable treatment solution in an age where comfort, functionality and aesthetics are a key concern of any rehabilitative endeavor. So, after many years of research, development and clinical trials, Dr. Malo introduced the world to “All-on-4” dental implants: a cost-effective and efficient system for the replacement of entire dental arches.
What is the “All-on-4” and how does it work? Stay tuned for Part 2 of this four-part article series to find out more about this breakthrough protocol in the treatment of patients in need of new teeth.