All-On-Four FAQ

There are a few options available to patients that are looking to replace a significant number of teeth. A traditional denture may be the first thing to come to mind but an implant-supported denture is far superior for those who can endure implant surgery.


An Oral Surgeon or Periodontist will surgically place 4 to 6 implants and once you are healed and the implants are integrated with your bone, your denture will be secured in place on the implants. An implant-supported denture is a permanent restoration and is beneficial to bone health as well as overall health!


Let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions pertaining to an all-on-four denture.


What is an all-on-4 implant-supported denture? An all-on-4 is a fixed, dental prosthesis that replaces all of the teeth on one or both arches of your mouth. The denture is screwed down onto the jaw using dental implants strategically placed throughout the jaw.

What is the difference between traditional dentures and an all-on-4? Traditional dentures are removed by the patient for cleaning and sleeping. An all-on-4 is screwed onto implants and cannot be removed except by a Dentist. All-on-4 dentures look more natural as well!


Who is the ideal candidate for an all-on-4? Regardless of age, any healthy adult patient who is missing all or most of their teeth on either one or both arches may be a candidate for this procedure.


Where are all-on-4 dentures made? Some offices have the technology to fabricate your all-on-4 in-house from start to finish while others utilize dental labs to create your new smile.


Do all-on-4 dental implants look natural? Since they are made using porcelain teeth, not only do all-on-4s look natural but they also feel and function just like your natural teeth did. They are incredibly secure and do not slip while you are eating or speaking.


What is the success rate for all-on-4s? Studies show a 98% success rate for all-on-4 dentures.


How long does implant surgery take for all-on-4 dentures? Depending on the number of implants you are receiving, surgery can take at least three hours per arch.


Can an all-on-4 be placed on another arch at a later date? You can have an all-on-4 placed on either arch at different times but it will save you a lot of time and money if they are done simultaneously.


Why are temporary teeth placed instead of the permanent denture the day my implants are placed? The temporary denture is placed to permit healing time and help you become accustomed to your new teeth and bite! As you heal, swelling will subside and your temporary denture may need to be adjusted. Once you are fully healed, after about six months, swelling will be completely gone and your implants will be fully integrated with your jaw bone and you will be able to have your permanent denture placed.


How do I clean my all-on-4? Just like natural teeth, an all-on-4 should be brushed twice daily with a soft bristled toothbrush and flossed at least once a day. When you see your dentist for your professional cleaning, they will remove the denture and the hygienist will clean the implants and the denture separately before your Dentist puts your denture back on.

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