So you’ve decided that you need full arch dental treatment…. Now what?
We find that patients will then go to the internet, find out about “All-on-4 dental implants”, and think… ”Okay, that’s what I need!”
They then start shopping around for the cheapest or best price for “All-on-4 dental implants”, and often are tempted to go with the dentist who gives them the best price on this solution.
However, while the All-on-4 dental implant solution is one solution for fixed full arch dental restorations, it certainly is not the only option.
The All-on-4 dental implant solution was developed as an affordable dental implant solution for patients who were already wearing complete dentures or had failing teeth that did not allow them to chew anything but the softest foods without discomfort. By placing 4 dental implants and building an acrylic (same plastic material that is used for complete dentures) restoration, it is possible to remove the biting pressure from the gums and transfer these forces into the bone via the dental implants. This is the cheapest solution available, but it only allows comfortable chewing of the types of food that the patient was previously restricted to.
However, most patients would like to return to chewing all of the foods that they previously had to avoid because of discomfort from the gums or failing teeth. This means using heavier chewing forces which will likely require additional implants or a stronger bridge solution to deal with heavier forces arising from chewing harder foods. In such cases, a thorough evaluation should be completed and the final solution should be designed to be able to cope with the anticipated biting forces. The number of implants needed and their best location in the available bone, along with the final material (e.g. Zirconia vs acrylic) to be used, are then planned to provide the best final bridge for each particular situation.
Therefore, as you can see, custom planning is extremely important for providing the most ideal solution for your needs. A well-planned solution, custom designed for your needs, will serve you well for a much longer time than a “one-solution-fits-all” or “stock solution” approach. The solution that is the best value is the one that achieves your objectives and lasts the longest with the least amount of repairs necessary. This will save you a lot of time and money!
We’d love to meet you and give you some ideas for quality solutions for your needs, so please give us a call to book your complimentary consultation and tour our modern facility that is entirely dedicated to Dentistry
Full Arch Bridge Designs:
- Acrylic restoration (usually converted denture)
- Acrylic Hybrid restoration with metal wrap around bar
- Custom made metal substructure with acrylic or composite resin
- Digitally designed and Milled Zirconia Structure Bridge with layered porcelain (Prettau Bridge)
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