With All-on-4® we can replace all of the teeth in one or both arches. It’s an alternative to removable dentures or implants that require bone grafting for patients with a low jawbone density. Instead of placing a dental implant for each missing tooth, four implants are angled and surgically implanted in the anterior of the jawbone, where there is more bone density. The angling gives complete dentures secure support. Since the exposed portions of the implants point upward and are parallel, when your dental prosthesis is placed, it will appear normal and not angled. All-on-4, developed by Portuguese dentist Dr. Palo Malo and trademarked by Nobel Biocare, can restore your facial aesthetics, revitalize your smile and give you the ability to chew and speak properly.
All-on-4® Dental Implants Pros and Cons
Many times, the All-on-4® procedure can be completed in a single day, so you can walk out of our office with a brand new smile. It’s also less expensive and much quicker than implants that require bone grafting. However, bone shrinkage will occur in the posterior of the jaw since implants are only in the anterior. Additionally, if one implant fails, they may all need to be redone. Not everyone is a candidate for the procedure but if you are, Dr. LaVacca has the training and experience in the technique to successfully and safely place the implants and restore your teeth.
You’ll visit Naperville Dental Specialists for a consultation where we’ll take a pre-operative CT scan. Dr. LaVaccca will use the images to determine if you’re a candidate for All-on-4®. During the procedure, four dental implants will be surgically implanted in your jawbone and, if you meet the criteria for immediate loading of the implants, we’ll place a temporary prosthesis right away. In the meantime, your permanent dentures will be created based on digital impressions of your mouth. Once we attach them to the implants, you’ll have a new smile that, with proper care, will last a lifetime.
Pre- + Post-Op Care
Dr. LaVacca will give you instructions to follow prior to your surgery. After the procedure, there will be some swelling and bruising around the implant sites. This will subside in a few days. Take any medication as directed to relieve discomfort and hold an ice pack on your face in the implant area for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for the first 24 hours. Be sure to follow Dr. LaVacca’s instructions concerning diet and oral hygiene to facilitate healing. Most patients are able to return to work within a day or two.
Your Destination for Naperville All-on-4® Dental Implants
As a board-certified prosthodontist and an All-on-4® provider with extensive training in the treatment, Dr. LaVacca has achieved outstanding results, improving patients’ smiles and quality of life. Find out if you’re a candidate for All-on-4® dental implants by booking a complimentary consultation at Naperville Dental Specialists today. Request an appointment online or call us at (630) 848-2010.
Dr. Paulo Malo successfully treated the first patient with the All-on-4® concept in 1998.
Dentures are secured to four implants to replace all of the teeth in the lower or upper arch.
98% of patients who have received All-on-4® dental implants would recommend the procedure.