For patients who have lost all teeth on one or both dental arches, the All-on-4® dental implants treatment technique can provide a stable bite and natural-looking smile. This type of implant system is beneficial for patients who may not otherwise qualify for traditional dental implants due to insufficient jawbone strength. With this treatment method, we can place as few as four implant posts in your jaw before you are fitted with a customized denture at Northern Colorado Periodontics in Fort Collins, CO. Our doctors can often place implants with a custom restoration in only one appointment. They have extensive training in dental implant procedures and are passionate about helping patients restore their smiles.
Compared to traditional implant-supported dentures that require six to eight dental implants, All-on-4 can use only four strategically placed implant posts.
A Unique Treatment Method
The all-on-4 treatment technique is designed to support a full denture on as few as four dental implants. This treatment is ideal for patients missing an entire row of teeth. Made by Nobel Biocare®, one of the leading brands in the implant industry, this implant system has been providing effective results for almost 20 years.
Compared to traditional implant-supported dentures that require six to eight dental implants, All-on-4 can use only four strategically placed implant posts. Dr. Nicholas Shumaker can insert two implants vertically in the center of the arch with two angled implants in the back. Because of this strategic placement, patients who suffer from jawbone degeneration can often qualify for implants without undergoing bone grafting or sinus lift surgery. In most cases, you can receive your customized denture the same day as the placement of your dental implants, providing immediate restoration.
Northern Colorado Periodontics can place dental implants and provide a full-arch, implant-supported restoration in a single day for qualified candidates.
Who is a Good Candidate?
You may benefit from All-on-4 treatment if you:
- Are in good overall oral health with a healthy immune system
- Are missing an entire arch or most teeth in your lower or upper jaw
- Have healthy gums and sufficient jawbone strength
- Do not smoke or use tobacco products
During an in-depth consultation, our doctors can examine your oral health to determine if you qualify for this treatment option.
What to Expect During the Procedure
On the day of the implant procedure, our team will numb your gums for optimal comfort. We can also provide stronger sedation through oral and intravenous medication, if you prefer. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Shumaker will begin by making small incisions in the gums. Through these incisions they will create space for your implants and insert the small titanium posts into your jawbone. Our office uses advanced surgical guides for accurate placement. Once your implants are in place, your dentist will close the incisions and can place your restoration if you are receiving same-day treatment.
Dr. Shumaker is a diplomate with the International Congress of Implantology, the highest recognition this organization offers for completing many successful dental implants cases. With his experience, you can receive superior care and precise treatment.
Benefits of All-On-4 Dental Implants
All-on-4 treatment provides many of the same great benefits as traditional dental implants, such as:
- Restored dental function and aesthetics
- Improved oral health and bone loss prevention
- Realistic and long-lasting results
- Enhanced self-confidence
Patients who may not otherwise qualify for dental implants can often undergo all-on-4 treatment because the specialized arrangement will make the most of their current bone tissue.
However, where this revolutionary option can deliver faster and more cost-effective results. The overall placement procedure only requires one operation and the restoration can often be placed immediately afterwards. Traditional implants typically require a four to six month healing period and additional follow-up appointments before an implant-supported restoration can be placed. This process can be extremely frustrating for patients missing an entire arch of teeth. Additionally, patients who may not otherwise qualify for dental implants can often undergo all-on-4 treatment because the specialized arrangement will make the most of their current bone tissue.
Receive Expert Care
If you have been denied dental implants in the past due to insufficient jawbone strength and are unable to undergo bone grafting, you may enjoy the benefits that All-on-4 dental implants can provide. Contact our office today online or by calling (970) 207-4061 to schedule your consultation.