Despite its relatively high cost, the use of all-on-four implants has gained favorable popularity in Australia. The procedure is used for improving the efficiency of prosthetic dentistry, and is considered one of the best permanent procedures for that purpose.
The implants are placed on key strategic points of the maxilla and/or mandible as fixed pillars designed to support the addition of multiple other dental implants. If you have several missing or damaged teeth, this is the recommended procedure that most Australian dentists would suggest.
About All-on-Four Implants
All-on-4 implants involve all teeth being supported on four key implants. This is a complete rehabilitation procedure that is suggested for severe or partial edentulism, when patients are toothless to a certain extent.
The four implants are placed in the anterior maxilla, and fixed in areas where the bone structure’s density is highest. This is done for the purpose of increasing the structural solidity of the patients’ teeth, and can support a set of fixed prosthesis featuring a number of 10 to 14 implants.
Swedish medical researcher, Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark, was among the first to pioneer this complex dental procedure as early as 1978. Since then the popularity of all on four implants has extended worldwide, and today there are many clinics in Australia specializing in the procedure and offering highly competitive prices.
All-on-four implants are essentially part of an innovative treatment technique that use both structural implants designed to support a fixed bridge and angulated implants secured in the back to help avoid the problems caused by distorted anatomical bone structure and bony deficiencies. The latter, along with the introduction of immediate loading, has been used on a regular basis since the early 1990s.
What Are the Main Advantages of All-on-4 Procedures
Before the use of all on four procedures, patients had to resort to either downgrading to a loose and unreliable denture, or be subjected to extensive bone grating and long healing periods that were a great hassle, especially for older individuals. Today, if all or most of your teeth are missing, and you want to get the best assistance from a professional Australian dentist, most professionals will actively recommend all-on-four implants.
If you’re thinking of undergoing the procedure, here are some of the main benefits that you can look forward to:
• Unlike individual implant procedures that can require weeks or even months of waiting for the bone and post to fuse, all on 4 implants can be added in a single day with far less hassle.
• There is no bone loss involved, which is an exceptional improvement compared to the use of dentures.
• You can eat whatever you want, whenever you want, and any issues associated with falling teeth will be eliminated.
• The implants won’t make it hard to chew, as is the case with many other alternative procedures, and they can even help you achieve a long-lasting smile more easily.
• The implants are low maintenance, and all you really need to do is floss and visit your dentist for regular checkups to make sure they are kept in good order.
As you can see, there are many potential short and long term advantages that all-on-four implants can bring, and despite the complexity of the procedure, expert Australian dentists can perform it easily, eliminating the need for inconvenient, recurring dentistry work.
*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Dr Vicky Ho is among the leading dentists in the world in Cosmetic, implant and TMJ dentistry. She has received qualifications from around the world’s top institutions, including the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry, Occlusion connections with Dr. Clayton Chan, the world’s authority in TMJ dysfunction and Gneuromuscular dentistry, as well as finishing her Masters clinician course with gIDE Implant Dentistry in Loma Linda University and UCLA in California. She strives to continually better herself every day in her skills and knowledge in a quest for constant and never ending improvement to be able to provide her patients with the best care possible with latest techniques, materials and technology.
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