All-on-4 is a catch all phrase for full mouth dental implant reconstruction. The name means that all of the top or bottom teeth are supported on 4 dental implants. Placing 4 implants per arch is most common, but many times we place more implants if space allows. This solution has revolutionized patients that have failing teeth or missing multiple teeth.
This process has significantly evolved over the past 5 years with the major improvement of being able to plan and fabricate the cases digitally. This new workflow allows us to do things that would otherwise be impossible. Now, we are able to plan the entire case setup digitally which eliminates many of the unknown variables. The other advantage of a digital workflow is the rapid turnaround time for results. Digital scanning allows us to capture data immediately and send it electronically to the lab which instantly receives the case. They are able to design the teeth on a computer (a process that used to take over a week for a lab technician to wax the teeth individually). Once the teeth are custom designed for your mouth on the scanned implants they are send either to a 3d printer or a milling machine.
After the teeth have been created they are delivered the next day. Another advantage of the digital workflow is that now all of your files are saved on the computer and can be replicated or changed without starting completely over. After 3 months of wearing your immediate temporary teeth, we make adjustments based off of your recommendations and create your final teeth.
The results are truly life changing. Patients go from unable to enjoy the foods they want to eat to regaining over 90% of their chewing strength making it possible to eat foods that would otherwise be impossible. Our patients also transform from being self conscious about their smile and embarrassed regarding the appearance of their teeth to having confidence with their smile. Johnson Oral Facial Surgery is proud to be a part of your smile!