YORKTOWN, N.Y. - How often do people confuse a term? Frequently. Even dentists use different kinds of jargon when describing treatment options. Take the popular term “all-on-4.” It refers to a procedure in which a patient’s current teeth, on either the upper or lower jaw, are replaced with a fixed option. But amazingly, even with today’s technology, things can get confusing. So let’s review this term. 

All-on-4 refers to “all” teeth being supported “on four” dental implants. Get it?

If you have several missing teeth or wear removable dentures, you may be a candidate for all-on-4 treatment. Imagine receiving a permanent set of natural-looking teeth. No more removable dentures or unsightly spaces where you are missing teeth!

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This specialized technique takes advantage of the existing bone in the jaw, whether top or bottom, by placing a minimum of four dental implants in strategic locations; a new set of teeth is provided the same day. For the technique to be successful, a careful analysis of the bone structure needs to be made. The most ideal way to evaluate the bone is by a dental CT scan.

So what are the benefits of all-on-4 implants?

•     Shorter treatment times
•     Immediate results
•     Improved quality of life
•     Lower costs 
•     Long-lasting smile

All-on-4 dental implants are unlike dentures. First, they don’t require adhesives. They also do not need to be removed. This advantage helps to improve your oral health as well as quality-of-life. You can eat all types of foods and enjoy life without worrying about your teeth. Another great bonus is that patients often look younger as it improves facial wrinkles and bone structure. 

Traditional implants currently require multiple procedures, sometimes bone grafting, and can take over a year from start to finish. One of the key benefits of an all-on-4 option is how quickly you can have your new permanent set of teeth in place. In just one appointment, you can receive a full set of teeth. 
All-on-4 treatment is an innovative and technologically advanced dental implant solution that can provide you with new teeth in one day of surgery. You CAN say goodbye to your missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures and you CAN eat, smile and live life again with a new smile. 

Why all-on-4?

The majority of people who are dissatisfied with their teeth are often denture wearers. The truth is, most are individuals who have given up on dentistry (or their dentist), hoping that something better and more appealing will come along to help them. A multitude of patients with chronic periodontal disease/failing root canals are often advised, after exhausting all gum treatment options, to have their remaining teeth removed to improve their overall health. And a removable denture is offered as a replacement. Often, this recommendation is not followed until some detrimental dental emergency arises. Unfortunately, it is common to hear during consultation visits that this service was never offered or was actually avoided by a dentist. Sometimes this is simply due to a lack of education. This is because only doctors trained in this specific philosophy and surgical technique should be performing the surgery. This allows the restoring dentist to provide proper rehabilitation. It is not uncommon for doctors to claim they perform this service without actually being trained in it. 

Placing the implants is not just placing four implants! There is a protocol and a science that needs to be followed. Attempts to perform this service often result in patients receiving upwards of 10 implants because the provider did not follow the protocol. Make sure your surgeon has been trained in a nationally recognized program to perform this life-changing procedure. 

CALL TODAY: $199 Consult & CT Scan for the All-on-4! Financing Available. Inquire at the consult for details.

Anthony M. Del Vecchio, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery | Call the Yorktown (3535 Hill Blvd., Suite N, Yorktown Heights NY 10598 | 914.245.1220) & Cortlandt Manor (1983 Crompond Rd., Suite 101, Cortlandt Manor NY 10567 | 914.736.3343) office to schedule a consult. For more information, visit yorktownoralsurgeon.com.