The all-on-four dental implant technique was developed in Europe and requires only 4 implants to completely restore all the missing teeth in the jaw. Thus, if a patient is missing all their top and bottom teeth a total of 8 dental implants can be used to totally restore the teeth. Dr. Nugent and his Oral Surgeons don’t spend money on newspaper, radio or television infomercials and therefore routinely place 5 implants for extra prosthesis support and at a cost lower than other doctors who only use 4 dental implants per arch. Patients will receive an advanced three-dimensional X-ray scan for precision implant placement . Then a revolutionary computer software program will be used to “digitally” place the implants in the 3-D bone scan. Next, a custom made computerized surgical guide is fabricated. Everything is planned prior to the surgery and this greatly increases accuracy and diminishes healing time.
The all-on-four dental implant technique has several advantages:
- Minor recovery time
- Lower cost when compared to replacing each missing tooth with a dental implant
- Bone grafting is usually avoided
- Prosthesis is easy to clean
- Restores chewing forces to almost the same level as complete natural teeth
- Patient can eat all types of food, no more soft diet
- Patient does not take appliance out
- Gives patients a beautiful new smile in a day
- Significantly increase self-confidence and self-esteem
The All-on-4 Dental Implant Procedure uses minimal implants. A unique feature of this procedure is that the back implants are angled to take maximum advantage of existing bone. Furthermore, by angling the rear implants vital anatomical structures are avoided and bone grafts are rarely needed.
The ideal All-on-4 patient is one who is already in old fashioned dentures or is about to lose all of their teeth. With the All-on-4 procedure, patients have the dental implants and prosthesis placed in just one appointment. Patients love how quickly dental implants can be placed so that they can leave the same day with beautiful fixed, non-removable replacement teeth.
Older methods to restoring a full arch of teeth could involve bone grafts, eight or more implants, and as many as eighteen months of treatment and appointments. Patients would have to suffer with no teeth or with poorly fitting temporary dentures for more than a year. Dr. Nugent will make sure that ALL patients leave with teeth on the day of surgery!
For the All-on-4 Dental Implant protocol, the patient has one or two visits to Dr. Nugent’s Pasadena Texas Dental Office to allow Dr. Nugent gather information for the treatment plan. Dr. Nugent will fabricate the teeth prior to surgery. Then the patient is scheduled for surgery were the new teeth are fitted and adjusted. This all happens in one appointment, even if multiple extractions are necessary. In review, the patient comes in the morning with unhealthy or completely missing teeth and will leave in the afternoon with a beautiful set of fixed, functional teeth.
The patient will return to Dr. Nugent for occasional check-ups over the next several weeks and months. In about six months the gums will have fully healed and the dental implants will be completely fused to the jaw bone. Dr. Nugent will take new dental impressions so that final stronger permanent teeth can be created.