In recent years, there has been a procedure that has been popularized and is known as the “All-on-4″. This is a process where all of a patient’s teeth on a single arch (top or bottom) are replaced by a single prosthesis that is anchored to four dental implants. This prosthesis cannot be removed by the patient, however, can be removed by the dentist in the office. The original procedure was completed with only four implants; however, we have found that utilizing additional implants (five or six) can be beneficial to give additional support the prosthesis.
These types of restorations can be very efficient at replacing missing teeth; however, it is important that a patient undergoing this treatment understand that this is not a “one and done” procedure. There is still a need to maintain, clean, or even resurface the prosthesis as it is used over time, and it is important that you continue to follow up with your dentist at the recommended intervals.