When Is It Viable

The All-On-Four® treatment is generally a suitable option whenever a traditional, implant supported complete bridge or denture is appropriate. There are even some instances when All-On-Four® can be used when the traditional approach simply would not be feasible. Following are examples of circumstances where All-On-Four® merits consideration as a treatment alternative.

  • Completely edentulous patient (with sufficient bone tissue)
    The All-On-Four® treatment would be a viable option when there are no natural teeth left and there is sufficient vertical bone levels (depth of bone in the jaw) to support traditional dental implant placement. In this case, the All-On-Four® option offers the convenience of a shorter treatment time than the traditional dental implant solution.
  • High levels of tooth mobility / severe decay (with sufficient bone tissue)
    In some instances, patients have one or more natural teeth left but the teeth are have significant decay or are moving significantly within the sockets causing significant pain. When rehabilitation of those natural teeth is deemed impossible, the All-On-Four® treatment alternative can be become an appealing option. The natural tooth/teeth can be extracted, dental implants placed and temporary restorations positioned within a single appointment.
  • Insufficient bone tissue (for traditional dental implants)
    When the bone depth is insufficient to support traditional dental implants (can happen when the teeth’s natural root system is not in place for a prolonged period of time), the All-On-Four® treatment may allow you to bypass the bone graft (transplant) that would typically be required prior to the start of the traditional dental implant treatment.
  • Insufficient bone tissue for traditional implants and medical reasons reducing the likelihood of a successful bone graft
    As mentioned above, there are instances when there is insufficient jaw bone left to allow for the traditional dental implant to be placed. Normally, bone grafts (transplants) can be performed to increase the vertical depth of the bone. However ,there are circumstances (approximately 20% of the population) in which medical conditions (such as diabetes) exist that decrease the likelihood of a successful bone graft. In these cases, the All-On-Four® treatment option may be the more prudent course of action.