The All on 4 and All on 6 techniques consist of offering people who suffer a total or partial loss of their teeth a fixed full-arch dental prosthesis on 4 dental implants, in the case of the All on 4, or 6, in All on 6 the same day of the intervention.
THE 4 BENEFITS OF CHOOSING ALL ON 4 OR ALL ON 6 IMPLANTS:
The patient’s quality of life improves rapidly: the same day of dental implant surgery, the specialist places the patient in a fixed full-arch prosthesis on 4 or 6 implants.
Treatment times are much shorter: the number of interventions is considerably reduced and the immediate loading of the dental prosthesis the same day of the invasion, also minimizes the time in obtaining the definitive teeth.
Stability is achieved even if the quality and quantity of bone are deficient: The all on 4 and All on 6 dental implants are longer than conventional ones to take full advantage of the contact with the bone. Thus, for edentulous or toothless patients with little bone, these two techniques represent a right solution; the All on 4 procedure for patients with medium bone resorption and the All on 6 method for those patients with more severe bone resorption in which more stability is required.
Treatment prices are lower: the costs of All on 4 and All on 6 are lower than in other dental implant treatments that require either a more significant number of implants or apply other techniques with bone grafts or more complex surgeries.
All on 4 vs. artificial dentures
The traditional way to replace all of the teeth in a maxilla is with a removable denture, popularly known as a denture. It consists of a colored acrylic base as if it were gum and teeth made of acrylic or porcelain (a little less used today). The dentures are attached to the gums and remain in place by suction or with the help of a dental adhesive. Properly fitting dentures should not require any adhesive. However, the supporting bone contracts over time. Since there are no teeth to help maintain it, these shape changes will cause the dentures to loosen. It means that dentures need to be replaced regularly to avoid eating discomfort and problems. Removable dentures are made to fit precisely in each patient’s mouth. The upper denture covers the palate, and the lower one is horseshoe-shaped to make room for the tongue. They must be removed for cleaning, and many people take them off at night to sleep (hence the typical images where you see false teeth in a glass of water on a nightstand).
All on 4 implants
In contrast, All on 4 implants lock into place and can work just like natural teeth in terms of appearance, chewing, and comfort. There is no risk of them slipping out of place while the user is talking or eating.
Although false teeth are attached to an artificial gum, it covers only a small area of the actual gum compared to traditional dentures. The union between the natural and artificial gums is hidden enough behind the lips and will not be visible when you laugh.