The core functionality of implant-supported dentures/bridges is not really any different from traditional implants. A titanium or zirconia implant is surgically placed in the jaw where it can fuse with the surrounding bone (a process called osseointegration) and serve as an artificial tooth root. What makes the implant-supported full arch variant special is the fact that a minimal number of implants support the replacement of all 16 teeth in an arch. This allows for the same sort of aesthetics and support that you get from traditional implants for a fraction of the cost when it comes to arch reconstruction.
The Numbers 4 and 6 represent the amount of implants that will be surgically placed into the Mandible / Maxilla.
Our dental Implant Specialists determine which option is right for you by using a 3D Scan called a Tomography or CT technology to gather an accurate reading of your specific bone structure. The quality, density, and quantity of your bone is determined through our 3-D imaging, and thoroughly studied by the doctor, which will allow them the plan and perform a Virtual Computer guided surgery all before your procedure. This allows the highest level of precision
Undergoing these procedures allows a patient to get as close to authentic, natural looking and functioning teeth as they are ever going to get.
Do not choose the Cheapest option
It is extremely Important that when researching for a dental Implant specialist in Cancun you are completely comfortable and confident in the dentist who will be performing your treatments. Our dedicated team of dental specialists have been performing Oral Rehabilitations and Complex Dental Implant treatments for 3 decades. While our Protocols have given our Specialists enviable Dental Implant Success rates and Longevity of treatments with the most optimal results possible as all specialists continue with extensive further education and courses to keep them at the forefront of their individual specialities.
Each treatment is planned on an individual basis and whilst certain patients may need additional more than four implants on occasion or other procedures for appropriate long term. Our Cancun dental Team are focused on achieving optimal function and aesthetics for your specific case requirements.
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE
“All-on-4” can be a good option for patients who are missing all of their upper or lower teeth if they have adequate bone to support a full arch of teeth with only four implants. However, it is important to understand that not everyone is a candidate for this procedure in spite of what the advertising claims state.
There are some potential drawbacks. For instance, there is more support for replacement teeth when six implants are placed in the upper jaw, where the bone is less dense than the bone in the lower jaw. This creates more security for long-term success. Also, if for any reason one of the implants fails to integrate with the bone, it is not possible to secure a full arch of replacement teeth on just three implants.
Additional considerations of the ALLON4:
The procedure requires removing bone
This is not a good option for patients who grind their teeth
All-on-4” is not always the best option for people who have worn dentures for several years. Not only have they lost a significant amount of bone, but also lip and cheek support, which could make it difficult to achieve a truly esthetic result with the “All-on-4” procedure.
If any teeth are extracted the day of implant placement, bone grafting is required
This is not to say the ALLON4 technique is not the best solution for you, But do not take it as a “given” that you are a candidate because of the Marketing and popularity in this technique.
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ALLON6 - OPTION
If there are 6 Implants placed and there is an instance that an implant fails due to infection, non osseointergration then the arch is still in a good position having 5 Implants left. When an implant fails with 4 in place the arch is compromised and you will have a 0-on-3. Basically the specialists like to err on the side of caution for the successful outcome for the patient.
6 is often recommended in the upper maxilla as the bone is less dense than the lower adding more assurance on a long term successful outcome
Patients who have worn dentures for years have substantial bone loss but also lip and cheek support that makes it difficult to achieve a truly esthetic result with the 4 Implants.
The Allon4 Technique requires removing bone
All-on-4 dental implants cannot be placed in the molar areas of the mouth where bite force is greatest.
If one of your angulated implants fails, it will destroy a lot of bone during its removal.
This is not to say you are not a viable Candidate for the ALLON4 but it is vitally important, especially if you are planning on traveling for such treatment that you are placing your case in the hands of abled and respected dental Specialists with the necessary knowledge and Experience to provide you with a breakdown of their recommendations and why.
Understanding the Procedure
The procedure itself can vary depending on the specific brand of full arch implant-supported restoration you opt for. But to give an idea of what’s involved, let’s take a look at the All-on-4 process step by step:
Step 1: An initial consultation to evaluate your oral health and determine your treatment options. If you are a candidate for an implant-supported denture, your dentist will evaluate some of the functional and aesthetic aspects of treatment, including the length of the crowns required, bite placement, etc. 3D imaging (cone beam computerized tomography – CBCT) can help analyze anatomical structures involved with treatment, namely the jawbone, to determine if any reshaping is required.
Step 2: Using the 3D imaging of your mouth, your dentist will prepare a computer simulation of treatment, which will identify exactly where the implants will be placed for optimal support. (Fabrication of a surgical template may also be done at this stage to help serve as a guide.)
Step 3: The next step involves surgery to place the four implants. This step may also include additional procedures such as tooth extraction (if needed to make space for arch replacement) and bone shaping. The implants are capped with abutments and temporary teeth are attached until they have had a chance to fuse with the jawbone. Diet must be carefully managed during the six- to eight-week healing process so as to avoid hard or chewy foods that could cause damage.
Step 4: Temporaries are removed approximately three months after placement once the process of osseointegration is finished. The acrylic temporaries are replaced with the permanent fixed denture. Recovery should be relatively quick with minimal discomfort.