All-on-4 Dental Implants: Uses, Surgery & Risks - Share Dental Care (2023)

All-on-4 dental implants treatment is a surgical procedure that involves the rehabilitation of a completely edentulous jaw with only four implants, and attaching a full-arch fixed prosthesis to these implants on the day of surgery. Edentulism is the condition of being toothless (complete or partial), which has a major impact on general and psychological health. Teeth make us look good when we smile or talk. They help us cut, grind, and chew the food. Also, teeth play a major role in the pronunciation of various sounds (s, z, j, x, d, n, l, t, f, v, & th). Edentulism lowers the patients’ quality of life, and makes them embarrassed when they smile, talk, or eat, leading to decreased self-esteem.

Dental implants provide a solution for patients with a completely edentulous jaw. The dentist places eight implants in the upper jaw and six implants in the lower jaw to support a full-arch fixed prosthesis. However, this solution is expensive and not suitable for patients with moderate to severe bone loss. So, a new solution is needed. At the end of the 1990s, Portuguese dentist Paulo Maló and the implant manufacturer Nobel Biocare developed the All-on-4 dental implants concept, which is a fast, cost-effective alternative to conventional implant techniques. In this article, we will discuss:

  • What is a dental implant?
  • Conventional implant technique vs. All-on-4.
  • All-on-4 step by step.
  • What to expect after the procedure?
  • Post-operative instructions.

What is a Dental Implant?

To fully understand the All-on-4 dental implants concept, you should first know what a dental implant is. The implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into the jawbone below the gum line to replace a missing tooth/teeth. The jawbone fuses with the implant (osseointegration), providing stable support for a dental prosthesis such as a crown, bridge, or denture. A conventional dental implant consists of:

  • The implant-body: it looks like a screw and is made of titanium or zirconia. The implant-body function is to provide support for a dental prosthesis. The dentist places the implant-body into the jawbone. After that, the bone grows and fuses with implant-body (osseointegration), which can take from 4 to 6 months.
  • The abutment: it connects the implant-body to the dental prosthesis. The abutment can be straight or angulated.
  • The dental prosthesis: the implant-supported prosthesis can be categorized into:
    • A fixed prosthesis such as crown and bridge.
    • A removable prosthesis such as a denture.
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What is the All-On-4 Dental Implants?

The All-on-4 dental implants treatment is a surgical, prosthodontic procedure that involves the rehabilitation of an edentulous jaw by placing four implants only. These four implants support a full-arch prosthesis, which contains 10 to 14 artificial teeth. The All-on-4 is suitable for patients who have an edentulous jaw with or without remnant hopeless teeth. Also, All-on-4 dental implants treatment is best for patients who have jawbone loss that prevents them from getting dental implants by using conventional techniques.

Conventional Dental Implant Technique

Conventionally, to support a full-arch fixed prosthesis in an edentulous jaw, you will need at least eight implants in the upper jaw and six implants in the lower jaw. Also, you may need a bone graft if the jawbone is thin, soft, or insufficient to create a more solid base for the implants. After the placement of the implants, you won’t receive any prosthesis until the osseointegration is complete (delayed loading of the implants). Because attaching the prosthesis to the implants during the healing period (osseointegration) can cause implant movement and failure. Sometimes, the dental implant is contraindicated because the jawbone is insufficient or/and the anatomical structures such as maxillary sinuses or nerves are too close. Note: osseointegration is the fusion between the jawbone and the implant, which can take from three to six months.

All-On-4 Dental Implants Concept

While in the All-on-4 dental implants, you will need four implants only to support a full-arch fixed prosthesis. Your dentist will insert two implants in the anterior region (the place of lateral incisors) and two implants in the posterior molar region at a maximum angle of 45°. The All-on-4 dental implants treatment takes advantage of the dense bone in the anterior region. Besides, placing the posterior implants at an angle makes the implant secure and stable, which usually eliminates the need for a bone graft (graft-less procedure). Often, you will receive a provisional fixed prosthesis on the day of the surgery (immediate loading of the implants), which you will wear during the healing period (osseointegration). The All-on-4 is usually best for patients with close anatomical structures such as maxillary sinuses and nerves because tilting the posterior implants helps avoid the anatomical structures.

Advantages of All-On-4

  • Fewer implants, less cost (cost-effective solution).
  • Suitable for patients with a thin or narrow jawbone. No need for a bone graft (graft-less procedure).
  • Suitable for patients with close anatomical structures such as maxillary sinuses and nerves.
  • You can receive a provisional fixed prosthesis on the day of the surgery (immediate loading of the implants).
  • It supports a fixed prosthesis, which is:
    • Better in aesthetics and chewing function than a removable prosthesis.
    • More comfortable than a removable prosthesis.

Disadvantages of All-On-4

  • Higher load on the inclined implants.
  • Possible problems due to the immediate loading of the implants.
  • The provisional prosthesis will increase the total cost of the procedure.

Is the All-On-4 Dental Implants Suitable for All Patients?

Generally, All-on-4 dental implants treatment is suitable for patients with a completely edentulous jaw, especially if they:

  • Have a thin or narrow jawbone.
  • Have close anatomical structures such as maxillary sinuses and nerves.
  • Looking for a cost-effective alternative to conventional implant techniques.
  • Want a provisional prosthesis on the day of the surgery (immediate function).
  • Want a permanent fixed prosthesis.

You can talk to your dentist to see if the All-on-4 dental implants treatment is the right option for you.


Usually, dental implants are suitable for patients with a missing tooth/teeth. However, they are contraindicated in the following cases:

  • During pregnancy.
  • Patients younger than 18 years old.
  • Heavy smokers.
  • Alcoholism and drug abuse.
  • Patients receiving radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
  • Medical conditions that affect the healing process:
    • Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus.
    • Bleeding disorders.
    • Immune suppressive disorders.
    • Bone disorders such as Paget’s disease.

You need to visit your dentist to see if the dental implants are suitable for you because every patient needs to be evaluated on an individual basis.

All-On-4 Dental Implants Procedure (Step-by-Step)

Pre-Operative Planning

The pre-operative planning is necessary for the success of the All-on-4 dental implants procedure. So, your dentist will:

  • Review your medical history: some medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus and bone disorders can affect the healing process, causing implant-failure. So, tell your dentist about previous and existing medical conditions and any medications you take to prevent complications.
  • Examine your mouth: your dentist will examine your mouth with a mirror and probe and take a dental impression to make a study model. Also, your dentist will ask for a 3D x-ray (cone beam computed tomography CBCT). The CBCT provides accurate information about:
    • The quality and quantity of bone.
    • The location of anatomical structures such as maxillary sinuses and nerves.
  • Make a treatment plan: the dentist will use your study model and CBCT to make a treatment plan, which includes:
    • The extraction of remaining and damaged teeth.
    • Planning the exact position and angulation of the implants.
    • Making a surgical guide for precise implant insertion.
    • The prefabrication of a provisional prosthesis for attaching it immediately after the surgery (immediate function).
    • Determining the type of final prosthesis.


The all-on-4 dental implants procedure is oral-surgery. So, you will need anesthesia to feel comfortable during the procedure. The anesthesia options include:

  • Local anesthesia: often, the dentist uses local anesthesia for the placement of the implants. Local anesthesia won’t interfere with your state of alertness, and you will be awake during the procedure.
  • Conscious sedation: your dentist may offer local anesthesia in combination with conscious sedation to help you reduce anxiety and discomfort during the procedure. It will produce a dream like-state and make you feel relaxed. Conscious sedation is beneficial for patients with extreme dental anxiety. You may receive the medication used in conscious sedation through:
    • Oral tablets.
    • Intramuscular injection (IM).
    • An intravenous line (IV).
    • Inhalation (nitrous oxide).
  • General Anesthesia: under general anesthesia, you will be completely unconscious and won’t remember or feel anything that is occurring during the procedure.

Visit your dentist to discuss which anesthesia option is suitable for you.

The Placement Surgery

The dentist or oral surgeon performs the All-on-4 dental implants treatment in two ways:

  • Conventional surgery (with flap).
  • Flapless surgery (flapless approach).

Conventional Surgery (with Flap)

First, your dentist will use a scalpel to make an incision in the gum (flap) and expose the jawbone underneath. Then, your dentist will place the four implants in the jawbone using the All-on-4 guide. The dentist will place two implants in the posterior region at a maximum angle of 45°, and two implants in the anterior region (in the place of lateral incisors). After that, your dentist will suture back the flap and connect the abutments to the implants. After suturing, the dentist will attach a provisional fixed prosthesis to the implants (immediate loading of the implants). You will receive the final prosthesis after a sufficient healing period. Sometimes, your dentist may recommend a conventional healing period before receiving a provisional or final prosthesis (delayed loading of the implants).

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Guided Surgery (Flapless Approach)

The dentist or surgeon will use your cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) and special software to plan the exact position and angulation of the implants virtually. Then, the surgeon will send this planned CBCT to the dental laboratory for the fabrication of a custom-designed surgical guide. This surgical guide ensures precise and efficient implant placement without the need for a flap (flapless approach). After the placement of the implants with the surgical guide, the dentist will attach the abutments and provisional prosthesis to the implants on the day of the surgery (immediate loading of the implants). Sometimes, your dentist may recommend a conventional healing time before attaching a provisional or final prosthesis to the implants (delayed loading).

The guided implant placement surgery is a minimally invasive technique, which minimizes the risk of pain and swelling, and ensures accurate, safe, predictable implants placement. However, it will increase the total cost of the procedure.

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Healing Time

After the placement of the implants in the jawbone, the bone begins to grow and fuses with the implants (osseointegration). This process can take from three to six months, depending on the quality of the bone. Usually, you will receive a provisional fixed prosthesis on the day of the surgery (immediate loading) to wear during the healing period. After the osseointegration is complete, you will receive the final prosthesis. Sometimes, the dentist or surgeon recommends delayed loading protocol, which means that you won’t receive a provisional or final prosthesis until osseointegration is complete.

The Dental Prosthesis

The Provisional Prosthesis

On the day of the surgery, you may receive a provisional all-acrylic bridge, to wear during the healing period. Sometimes, the dentist converts an existing denture into a provisional bridge. The all-acrylic bridge is not suitable as a long-term prosthesis because of its weak resistance and durability.

The Final prosthesis

The All-on-4 final prosthesis is highly esthetic and available in different material options:

  • Acrylic teeth and gingiva over a titanium framework.
  • Composite veneered over a titanium framework.
  • Porcelain crowns cemented on a metal framework.

Both acrylic and composite look similar to natural teeth and are economic options. Porcelain is a more expensive, popular, and superior option. Porcelain looks identical like natural teeth and is more durable than acrylic and composite.

What to Expect After the All-On-4 Dental Implants Surgery?

Like any surgical procedure, you may experience discomfort after the All-on-4 dental implants surgery. So, your dentist will prescribe painkillers to help you control the pain after surgery. Also, you may experience:

  • Swelling of your gums and/or face.
  • Bruising of your gums and/or face.
  • Minor bleeding and pain at the site of the surgery.
  • Limited mouth opening.

These signs and symptoms are normal after the surgery, and you can control them by using painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications. However, if these signs and symptoms get worse, you should visit your dentist or surgeon immediately.

Instructions After the All-On-4 Dental Implants Procedure

Before the surgery, ask your dentist or surgeon about the steps of the procedure, the type of anesthesia suitable for you, and postoperative instructions. These instructions are similar to tooth extraction aftercare instructions.

On the Day of the Surgery (in the First 24 Hours)

  • Take the prescribed painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications to control the pain.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene by using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Avoid things that may disturb the blood clot and promote bleeding:
    • Avoid hot foods and drinks.
    • Don’t spit or rinse your mouth.
    • Avoid aspirin because it inhibits blood clotting.
    • Don’t touch the surgical site with your finger or tongue.
    • Avoid lifting heavy objects and exercise.
  • Apply cold compresses (ice-packs) to your face. This will help reduce the swelling. Note: put a towel between the ice-pack and your face to avoid ice burn.
  • Avoid smoking because it affects the healing process and increases the risk of implant failure.
  • Proper nutrition is important for the healing process. So, you should:
    • Eat soft, cool foods such as mashed potatoes, eggs, and a milkshake.
    • Avoid foods such as chips, popcorn, and nuts.
    • Avoid alcohol drinking.
  • Ask a family member or a friend to take you home after the surgery because you may not be able to drive.

Instructions After the First 24 Hours

  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water (half a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water).
  • Or you can use a chlorhexidine mouthwash twice daily.
  • Limit physical activities in the first 48 hours after the surgery, and avoid exercise and lifting heavy objects to prevent postoperative bleeding.
  • Don’t smoke because smoking affects the healing process and can cause implant failure.
  • Contact your dentist if you have questions or problems.

Following these instructions will help you speed the healing process and prevent complications.

Complications of the All-On-4 Dental Implants Procedure

The All-on-4 dental implants treatment has over 95% success rate. However, complications may occur like any surgical procedure.

Complications During the Surgery

There are always risks involved with any surgical procedure. The risks include:

  • Infection at the surgical site.
  • Injury to the nerve, which can lead to numbness or tingling of the lip, tongue, and chin.
  • Injury to blood vessels, which can lead to excessive bleeding.
  • Perforation of the maxillary sinus, which can lead to a sinus infection.
  • Poor primary implant stability, which can lead to implant failure.

Complications During the Healing Period (in the First 6 Months)

Sometimes, the implant fails to integrate with the jawbone (failure of osseointegration), leading to implant mobility and failure. The failure of osseointegration may occur due to several factors such as poor oral hygiene, smoking, uncontrolled diabetes, and poor primary stability during the surgery.

Long-Term Complications

In some cases, a destructive inflammatory process may affect the bone surrounding the implants, causing bone loss. This condition is known as peri-implantitis, which may occur due to poor oral hygiene, smoking, bruxism, gum disease, and uncontrolled diabetes.


Do you have an edentulous jaw? Are you looking for a cost-effective alternative to the conventional implant technique? All-on-4 dental implants could be a suitable option for you. Conventionally, the dentist places eight implants in the upper jaw and six implants in the lower jaw to support a full-arch bridge. While in the All-on-4, the dentist places four implants only per jaw to support a full-arch bridge. Fewer implants mean less cost. Besides, the All-on-4 is suitable for edentulous patients with minimum jawbone volume because the dentist places the posterior implants at an angle, which makes them secure and stable. Visit your dentist to know if the All-on-4 is suitable for you, how the procedure is performed, and what is the cost of the procedure.


What is the downside of All-on-4 dental implants? ›

The disadvantages that come with All-on-4 implants include: The patient will need to stick to a liquid diet for the first two weeks after surgery. They can move on to semi-solid foods after the first two weeks, but they will need to stick to that for up to six months while the implant fuses with bone tissue.

Are All-on-4 dental implants worth the money? ›

While there can be challenges, studies have found that 98% of patients who undergo the All-on-4 dental implant process say it is worth it and would recommend it to others.

What are the disadvantages of dental implants? ›

The risks and complications you are taking for dental implants include infection, damage to other teeth, delayed bone healing, nerve damage, prolonged bleeding, jaw fractures and more. If you are willing to take these risks, dental implants might be right for you.

What is the failure rate of All-on-4? ›

All on 4 dental implants risks are very low, but in saying that, it can still occur. On average 5% of implants will not fuse to the bone and we call this an “implant failure”.

How long do All-on-4 implants last? ›

All-on-4® implant-supported dentures tend to last around 10 years. While 10 years may not sound that long, it is important to understand where that number comes from. All-on-4® is made up of two parts, including the denture piece and the four dental implants that are placed in the jaw.

How often should All-on-4 be removed? ›

See patients a minimum of two times per year. If patients require a more frequent recall program due to peri-implant concerns or for opposing dentition, then follow that frequency.

How often should All-on-4 be cleaned? ›

Visit the Dentist Every Three Months

A quarterly visit for routine maintenance and cleaning of your implants and dentures is a must. The visit can be as routine as scaling and cleaning or as thorough as removing the permanently attached dentures for a deep cleaning of the implant roots, depending on plaque buildup.

What toothpaste to use on All-on-4 implants? ›

DO choose a low-abrasive, tartar-control toothpaste. Using a normal OTC toothpaste containing fluoride is OK. There is no need to choose a special type of toothpaste, but look for the ADA Seal of Approval to find the ideal options.

How painful is All-on-4? ›

Is the procedure painful? The procedure is performed under anesthetic, meaning that it could hurt, but you shouldn't feel anything while it's going on. Following the procedure, you may feel sore, and your gums may be inflamed.

What happens when All-on-4 implant fails? ›

If the teeth adjacent to the implant aren't secured adequately, they can crack or break. When coupled with any other type of failure, the cracks of breakages have devastating consequences for the patient. In addition, it results in additional expenses besides damage to the surrounding gums, tissues, and teeth.

Do All-on-4 feel like real teeth? ›

Though many patients worry about what do all-on-4 implants feel like, almost all previous patients report that the prosthetic is comfortable and restores their mouth to full use and comfort.

What age should you not get dental implants? ›

There is no age limit for dental implants. However, dental implants may be more costly than alternative options. If patients are in their late senior years, they may not find the investment of a dental implant to be appropriate for them.

When are dental implants not a good idea? ›

Most dentists will not recommend placing dental implants for people who smoke cigarettes, cigars, or pipes or who chew smokeless tobacco. Tobacco products contain chemicals like nicotine, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen cyanide that prevent the body from delivering an adequate blood supply to the jaw.

Can dental implants cause problems years later? ›

This procedure has a success rate, and the implants can last for a lifetime with proper care. However, occasionally, something may go wrong, and you can develop an infection years later. One of the most common dental implant complications is peri-implantitis, an infection that affects the gum tissue.

Which is better All-on-4 or all on 6? ›

The most clear difference between all-on-4 and all-on-6 dental implants is the number of implants that are placed in the mouth. Some dentists believe that the all-on-6 dental procedure provides a stronger, more stable base for the prosthetic dental arch, resulting in a longer-lasting, more comfortable smile.

Can All-on-4 implants fall out? ›

The short answer is yes, dental implants can fall out, but it's extremely rare.

How long does All-on-4 pain last? ›

Because implants have been inserted into the jaw, you can expect some swelling and soreness for a few days. This should quickly subside, and within three days you should be left with teeth that look great and work perfectly. We recommend that our patients take at least one to two days off work after the procedure.

Can I eat anything with All-on-4 implants? ›

Cold beverages like water, juice, and milk are good options until the numbness from anesthesia has resolved. The day after your dental implant surgery, you can begin eating very soft foods like applesauce, mashed potatoes, and frozen yogurt. It's very important that you stay hydrated following the procedure.

How many teeth do you get with All-on-4 implants? ›

All-on-4 implants are designed to replace all teeth in the mouth. Each denture used with All-on-4 implants typically contains 14 teeth: 4 incisors, 2 canines, 4 premolars, and 4 molars.

Does food get stuck under dental implants? ›

Unlike a normal tooth, dental restorations are completely cemented in place, so food (and other things) can't get stuck underneath. If food ever gets stuck in your implant, it may mean the implant was placed incorrectly. This can be easily fixed with a simple re-placement at low cost.

Is a Waterpik good for dental implants? ›

Studies have shown that the Waterpik Water Flosser is the only oral irrigator to date that has been proven safe and effective for use with dental implants and effectively reduced plaque buildup and gingivitis in clinical trial patients.

Can you use mouthwash with dental implants? ›

For about a month after dental implant surgery you will want to avoid using mouthwash. In the days immediately following surgery, you will also want to avoid spitting or swishing vigorously because this can irritate the surgical site.

What kind of mouthwash can I use with dental implants? ›

Yes, Listerine is safe to use with All-on-4 dental implants. It is important, however, to choose a non-alcoholic mouthwash as this will not irritate the gums or any of the components of your dentures.

Is hydrogen peroxide safe for dental implants? ›

Hydrogen peroxide rinses also help prevent bacteria and infections. Rinse nightly with a capful of hydrogen peroxide for the life of your implant – it's great for your implant and your teeth.

Can you drink soda with dental implants? ›

Carbonated Beverages

Furthermore, these sugary drinks increase your risk of developing a dental infection or inflammation around the implant site. Avoid soda and other carbonated beverages for at least two weeks after Dental Implant Surgery.

What is the best mouthwash after implants? ›

Dr Zybutz says that mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine digluconate can be very useful in the short term: 'I recommend Corsodyl to patients after surgery as it's antimicrobial and sticks to the gums for a long time so it's great for killing bacteria.

How long does All-on-Four procedure take? ›

It takes anywhere between four and six months for the All-on-4 implant process to be completed. It may take longer for those who are in need of additional dental work, which can add another month or two to the overall process.

Are All-on-4 implants bulky? ›

The artificial gum bridge that the All-on-4 implant process uses may feel bulky in the patient's mouth.

Do dental implants feel strange at first? ›

When You First Receive Your New Teeth. Once your prosthetic teeth are attached to your implants, they may feel a little odd in your mouth. After all, you may have gotten used to having some gaps in your smile. You might produce extra saliva, and your gums may be a little tender.

What is most critical for implant failure? ›

The most frequent and avoidable cause of dental implant failure is infection. At any moment over the course of implant therapy, a bacterial infection that results in implant failures can happen. Peri-implantitis is a term used to describe an inflammatory response with bone loss in the soft tissues surrounding implants.

What is the average implant failure rate? ›

Studies have shown that somewhere between 5% and 10% of dental implants fail. On the other hand, that means that there is between a 90% and 95% success rate, which are very good odds in terms of dental and medical procedures.

What greatly increases the risk of implant failure? ›

Factors that can increase the risk of dental implant failure include: smoking, having a history of periodontal disease, having poorly controlled diabetes, and when implants are incorrectly loaded or are loaded too soon after surgery.

Do teeth wiggle at all? ›

Teeth are secured not directly into the bone, but with a tough but flexible ligament. This ligament allows the tooth to wiggle just a little bit. About a hundredth of an inch is normal, just enough that you might feel it move under significant pressure, but you shouldn't actually be able to see the movement.

Why does my dental implant hurt when I chew? ›

Bad bite – If your tooth implant hasn't been aligned correctly into your jawbone, then you may experience pain in the bone that's around it. Consequently when you bite down, the excess force may push the implant further into the bone, causing discomfort. This occurs when you're chewing or afterwards.

What are the most natural looking dental implants? ›

Zirconia dental implants have similar structures to titanium dental implants, but these ceramic implants are more naturally aesthetic as they're tooth-colored, from post to crown.

Is it worth getting dental implants at 70 years old? ›

You may wonder whether dental implants work just as well for older patients as they do for younger ones. Luckily, dental implants are just as effective and long-lasting in older age. Dental implants often change older people's lives for the better, giving them improved physical health and more confidence.

Why am I not a good candidate for dental implants? ›

People who take certain medications, such as steroids or drugs that suppress the immune system, may not be suitable candidates, either. And people with certain habits, such as people who severely grind or clench their teeth, may put too much pressure on the implants, causing long-term damage.

Are dental implants hard to maintain? ›

Dental implant maintenance is not difficult, but it is imperative.” Good oral hygiene involves caring for your mouth and gums, as these are what hold your implants in place. If you fail to do this, the gums surrounding the implants can develop a build-up of bacteria and, even worse, infection.

Who shouldn't get implants? ›

Breast augmentation may not be the right choice for you if:
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How long after tooth extraction can you get an implant? ›

It usually takes place two or three months following an extraction. The waiting period allows your gums to heal. If you have an oral infection, that will also need to be cleared up before your implant placement.

Which location in the mouth has the highest failure rate for dental implant? ›

Studies have reported that implants fail in the maxilla more than the mandible9-13. Furthermore, the maxillary anterior region exhibited the highest rate of implant failure.

Why do gums recede around implant? ›

Gum recession is one of the most known complications in implant dentistry, which leads to both aesthetic and functional issues. It is often because of poorly positioned dental implants with extreme inclination or tilt or insufficient bone and gum tissue.

What percentage of people have problems with dental implants? ›

Dental implants have a high success rate, but some people experience dental implant failure. It's estimated that about 5 to 10 percent of dental implants fail, either shortly after a procedure or months or years later.

What is the truth about All-on-4 dental implants? ›

The all-on-four dental implant technique is popular among people who have missing or severely damaged teeth. All on four dental implants are incredibly successful and work well for many people lasting for decades. The success rate of these implants is over 97 percent.

Is All-on-4 better than individual implants? ›

The most significant difference between All-on-Four and traditional dental implants is the need for fewer implants to restore the smile. This characteristic of this treatment option makes All-on-Four dental implants a more accessible option for a wider range of patients.

Do All-on-4 implants have fake gums? ›

The procedure involves placing 4 implants through the jaw, with a horse shoe shaped porcelain bridge and does not have an artificial gum line. This fixed prosthesis will allow a person's mouth to perform all the functions that it would with all natural teeth.

Can you eat steak with All-on-4? ›

If you are considering All-On-4 Dental Implants, you may be looking forward to eating some juicy steak again as soon as possible. And you will eat that amazing steak, the apple, and corn on the cob with confidence!

Can you eat steak with all on four implants? ›

Thankfully, dental implants allow you to chew meat just like your natural teeth. That said, remember that the longer steak is cooked, the more tough it will be to eat. If you're getting used to your implants, you can choose to eat meat that isn't cooked past medium, so it stays juicy and easy to chew.

What not to do when you have implants? ›

What NOT to Do After Dental Implant Surgery
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  2. Rinse Aggressively. ...
  3. Strenuous Exercise. ...
  4. Hot or Hard Foods. ...
  5. Use a Straw.
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Which is better snap on dentures or implants? ›

Generally speaking, a fixed dental implant bridge is a better choice if you only have a few teeth missing, while snap-on dentures are well-suited for anyone who is missing most of their teeth or a full arch of teeth.

What makes you not a candidate for dental implants? ›

Age limitations for dental implants are explained earlier, and teenagers without complete jawbone growth are the sole candidates considered unsuitable for dental implants. Anyone who is 70 would have attained total jawbone growth several years earlier.

What is the difference between implants and All-on-4 implants? ›

Dental implants vs All-on-4 implants

Traditional dental implants require at least two surgeries to install while All-on-4 implants offer a faster fix. The All-on-4 procedure can replace your entire mouth with just four dental implants. They are not removable and are bonded directly to the jawbone.


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