If you have some missing teeth and you are just starting to look into to look what dental implant options are available for you, you will probably come across tooth replacement options called the “All On 4” and “All On 6” procedures. These treatments are very similar and both aim to to achieve the same results, but there are a few key differences that could make your dentist recommend one procedure over the other. Below, we talk about the similarities and differences between the two procedures.
All On 4 and All On 6 are effective solutions for people who have lost a large number of missing teeth. During both procedures, dental implants are surgically put into the jaw. The implants will maintain the integrity of the jaw’s structure after losing teeth.
The time it takes to complete both procedures is usually about 2 to 3 hours. If you have anxiety about the procedure, don’t worry, patients are usually under general anesthesia.
With both procedures, the implants bond with the jaw in order to recreate the pressure placed on it by your natural teeth. The implants are called “All On” because your fixed or removable denture fastens to four or six implants. Instead of needing an implant for each missing tooth, all of your teeth will be connected and you’ll have just four or six roots that go into your jaw.
Older procedures for missing teeth require many more implants and sometimes include jaw bone grafting that takes about 6 months to heal from. The “All On” approach makes the healing process shorter and allows temporary dentures to be installed at the same time. You can choose from different types of permanent dentures that suit your preferences and lifestyle.
What’s the Difference Between Each Procedure?
The most significant difference between All On 4 and All On 6 dental implants is the number of implants that are added. All On 4 features four implants, while All On 6 uses six implants. Dentists recommend which procedure a patient should undergo based on what they believe will provide better strength and stability, and will result in a more comfortable and longer lasting smile.
Both All On 4 and All On 6 dental implants are excellent permanent solutions if you have many missing teeth and want to regain your smile. You should speak with our San Diego implant dentist to discuss which procedure is right for you.
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