What are All on 4 Dental Implants?
All on 4 Dental Implants, also known as “full-mouth dental implants” or “fixed arch dental implants”, are a permanent solution to missing teeth and jaw-bone loss. They consist of 4 implants that are placed in the jaw, abutments, and the dental prosthetic. If you are curious about other implant options, read this article.
First, let’s talk about the implants. Implants are the roots for the new teeth. The implants themselves are made from high quality surgical steel, and resemble screws. They are placed in your jaw bone, allowing full stability and strength. When placed properly, they can give you up to *293% more biting force than dentures can.
Apart from offering greater stability and strength, implants also help prevent bone loss. When you are missing a tooth, your jaw bone starts to deteriorate due to the lack of pressure. This deterioration leads to what’s known as “Witch Chin”, a sunken look that ages your face. When an implant is placed, this causes the jaw bone to strengthen around the implant, stopping bone loss and reinforcing the integrity of the jaw. To learn more about how implants stop bone loss, read this article.
Second is the abutment. An abutment is a critical part of dental implants, it is what connects the implant itself to the dental prosthetic. This is also made out of high quality surgical steel. Abutments are a key component to dental implants.
Last but not least, the dental prosthetic. A dental prosthetic can be made out of a variety of materials, such as Zirconia, Acrylic, or Ceramic. Not all materials, however, are created equal. At Nuvia, we use PMMA and Zirconia because we have found them to work best for patients because of their strength, durability, and overall aesthetic. The best material to use depends on each individual case as evaluated by a surgeon. At Nuvia, each set of prosthetics has a titanium bar (don't worry, it's internal to the prosthetic so you can't see it) that offers extra stability and support when placed on the dental implants.
Temporary Dentures vs. Nuvia’s teeth in 24 hours
Most dental implant centers reshape an acrylic denture to place on the implants temporarily, until a third party lab can create the final prosthetic. This can take up to 10+ months. Temporary dentures are made out of cheap plastic that is bulky and fragile. After months of being in a conversion denture, most dental implant centers put you through a Wax Try-In phase. This is where teeth set in wax are put in your mouth on your implants in order to guess where the holes need to be. It can take multiple try-ins before the fit is decent enough to get your permanent prosthetic.
Not at Nuvia
At Nuvia, we use highly accurate digital mapping technology to scan your mouth after the implants are placed, and create your prosthetic teeth immediately. This allows us to give you a complete set of dental implants in just 24 Hours! To learn more about this process, and why it is so amazing, check out this article.
Some dental implant centers offer 3 on 6 dental implants instead of all on 4, you can learn about 3 on 6 dental implants here.
All on 4 dental implants are a great solution to missing teeth and bone loss. Click here to visit our Youtube channel to see how all on four dental implants have changed our patients lives.
Manzon, L., Vozza, I., & Poli, O. (2021). Bite Force in Elderly with Full Natural Dentition and Different Rehabilitation Prosthesis. International journal of environmental research and public health, 18(4), 1424. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041424