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All-on-4 — Cambridge, MA

A New Smile in a Single Day

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Some patients who have suffered significant tooth loss have been told that they are not candidates for traditional dental implants due to bone deterioration in their jaw. However, these individuals might be eligible for All-on-4 in Cambridge instead. This remarkable treatment uses as few as four strategically placed dental implants to support an entire arch of prosthetic teeth — and you can receive a denture on the same day as your implant placement surgery. Contact Fresh Pond Dental today to learn more about this innovative tooth replacement method. You may soon be on your way to a renewed smile!

How Do All-on-4 Implants Work?

Illustration of All-on-4 implants and denture against white background

Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that get placed in the jawbone. Dental professionals around the world regard them as the best tooth replacement solution because they offer unmatched stability and longevity. However, they do require adequate jawbone density in order to be successful. Some patients have lost some jawbone density and do not qualify for traditional implant procedures.

That is where All-on-4 comes into the picture. The four implants are placed at the back and front of the mouth, in locations where the bone is naturally strong and thick. On the same day as the implant surgery, a provisional (temporary) denture gets placed on top of them. Later, the provisional denture is replaced with a permanent one.

Am I a Candidate for All-on-4 Implants?

Dentist and senior patient discussing candidacy for All-on-4

Most patients who have suffered extensive tooth loss qualify for All-on-4, even those who have already lost a degree of bone density in the jaw. Of course, your implant dentist in Cambridge will carefully evaluate your oral health and review your medical history before they approve you for the procedure. You should be free of active gum disease, be doing your best to manage your overall health, and stick to good habits, including a thorough oral hygiene routine. It is also ideal if you do not smoke, since tobacco usage can greatly increase the risk of dental implant failure.

What Are the Benefits of All-on-4 Implants?

Senior woman smiling with her beautiful All-on-4 dentures

Some of the top benefits of All-on-4 dental implants in Cambridge include:

All-on-4 vs. Traditional Dental Implants

Traditional implant denture, secured by six dental implants

All-on-4 treatment is usually shorter and less costly than traditional full-arch replacement with dental implants. There is also less downtime involved because in most cases, All-on-4 requires just one surgery (traditional methods usually require at least two). With that being said, there are some circumstances in which a traditional implant procedure is the better option. For example, securing a denture with six or more implants instead of just four can lend the greatest level of stability possible. Your dentist will help you compare all of your treatment options so you can settle on the one that is best for you.

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