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Explaining all on 4, all on 6 and all on 8 dental implants

Dr. Yara Ramos D.D.S.

Dr. Yara Ramos D.D.S.

Cosmetic Dentistry Specialist

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Understanding all on 4, all on 6 and all on 8 dental implants

When it is time to have teeth replacement there is no need to worry. Owing to the advancement in modern technology and innovations, there are countless options that will be at your dentist’s disposal. One of the options is the all on four implant treatment. Below is a simplified guide to getting to know more about the all on 4, all on 6 and all on 8 treatments.

First of all, the all on 4 and all on 6 treatments have procedures same to the all on 4 and are generally referred to as the all on 4 dental implants. Read on to find the little differences present.

Are You a Candidate?

Explaining all on 4, all on 6 and all on 8 dental implantsAnyone who needs a dental reconstruction can qualify for the all on four dental solutions. Multiple missing teeth, damaged and discolored teeth necessitate a restoration. For such restorations, all on 4 procedures offer the optimal solution.  A visit to the dentist of your choice will get you the information on which all on four treatment is best for you. The dentist has to have adequate qualifications and experience to correctly examine and perform an appropriate operation.

Fixing the implants

Unlike dentures that must be removed to be cleaned, the dental implants involve the installing of implants that fuse with the patient’s jawbone. Artificial teeth that take after the original teeth both in size and shape are fixed on top of the implants. With this restoration, the end of it is teeth that feel, look and function just like the initial natural ones. It requires a minimum of two visits to the dentist. This is subject to every patient’s unique needs.

Patients who at one time may have used removable dentures have a higher possibility of experiencing bone or gum loss. Such an occurrence must be dealt with before transitioning to a fixed implant solution. During the premiere visit, the dentist performs an evaluation to determine if the transition is right for you. If not, a different dental restoration may be of greater help.

Dental Implant Solutions

As mentioned before, only a qualified and experienced dental surgeon will distinguish if it is an all on 4, all on 6 or all on 8 restoration that is needed.

All-on-4

What does an all on 4 mean? With this treatment technique, the artificial teeth are supported by four implants. The fully fixed bridge or denture is the shortest. However, this does not in any way affect the quality or even reliability of the treatment.

Since the advent of the all on 4 treatment, thousands of patients have benefited. It will not go without saying that the procedure has greatly evolved. One of the major breakthroughs is the angulation of the implants at the back. This was in the spirit of overcoming anatomical structures and acute bone deficiency. Patients with a more significant jawbone loss are the most likely candidates for this treatment.

Benefits of the all on 4 implants include:

  • Restoration is full-arch
  • As compared to other types of implants, they take the shortest time to install.
  • Helps in preventing further jawbone damage or loss.
  • There is a reduced probability of a bone graft procedure prior to the main restoration procedure. This is important in reducing the treatment costs.

All-on-6

The procedure involves six dental implants. The treatment is used on patients who do not have the perfect jawbone but have a more sufficient bone mass that can support six implants. A bridge that is in the form of an arch is used to support the teeth to be fused with the jawbone.  The installation procedure resembles that of the all on four and all on eight procedures. The all on six is more stable than the all on four due to the addition of more implants.

All-on-8

This is the most stable dental restoration. This is majorly attributed to the involvement of the highest number of implants as compared to the rest. The fusion with the jawbone has a stronger grip. One major limitation of taking advantage of such stability is having the required jawbone density. The jawbone has to be enough to accommodate eight implants. Patients suffering from trauma are most likely not able to qualify for this dental solution.

Considerations before getting dental implants

Jawbone space available

Whether a patient is getting an implant for the lower or upper jaw, important anatomical structures have to be protected. This is the core reason why the dentist stresses the need to have the required jawbone height. It is necessary for the implants to be placed by only a qualified and experienced dental surgeon.

Drug abuse

Drugs weaken the body and can elongate the healing of both bones and tissues. It will be of help to discuss such with the dentist prior to having the procedure done.

Location to be restored

Not all jawbone locations will go well with the dental implants. Jawbone irregularities and other anatomical restrictions can keep you away from being a viable candidate for the implants. It has been proved that different locations have different success rates. For instance, published studies show that implants on the lower jaw have a 98.2% success rate. This is slightly lower than the 97 to 98% success rate of implants on the upper jaw according to the same studies. However, only a good dental surgeon can perform the restoration process that has such optimized success rates.

The health of gums and bone.

The presence of gingivitis or periodontitis can affect the durability of the dental implants. To avoid such cases proper dental hygiene should be highly regarded.

In cases where an implant fails, a new implant will be placed but in a slightly new position that takes advantage of the existing bone. The fixed bridge is aligned with the new implant position.

757 dental solutions found in Reynosa Tamaulipas Mexico is proud of a highly qualified and experienced team of dental specialists. The team and Dr. Yara Ramos has given smiles to countless patients. To know more about them schedule an appointment or send them an email. You are very close to your much-wanted smile.

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