At Smile By Design, experienced implant dentist Donain Shen, DDS offers a variety of implant denture techniques to replace full arches of missing teeth. Among the methods she offers are the All-on-4® and All-on-6 implant denture systems, which utilize either four or six strategically placed dental implants to secure and stabilize an upper or lower denture. Typically, these approaches make implant dentures and dental implants suitable for a broader range of patients.
We invite you to learn more about All-on-4® and All-on-6 implant denture solutions by exploring the informative sections provided below or contacting our team at Smile By Design.
- What Are All-on-4® & All-on-6?
- All-on-4® & All-on-6 Benefits
- All-on-4® & All-on-6 Candidates
- All-on-4® & All-on-6 Procedure
- All-on-4® & All-on-6 Recovery
- All-on-4® & All-on-6 Results
- All-on-4® & All-on-6 Cleaning
- All-on-4® & All-on-6 Risks
- All-on-4® & All-on-6 Cost
What Are All-on-4® & All-on-6 Implant Dentures?
All-on-4® and All-on-6 implant denture techniques use four or six dental implant posts, respectively, to anchor a single full-arch denture to the upper or lower jawbone. The dental implants are placed in precisely identified locations in the jawbone to optimize available bone density for stable and secure denture retention. Implant-supported dentures can provide natural-looking, long-lasting tooth replacement, as well as improve speech, chewing, and hygiene challenges associated with removable dental prosthetics and/or missing or badly damaged teeth.
What Are the Benefits of All-on-4® & All-on-6 Implant Dentures?
All-on-4® and All-on-6 implant dentures can provide a variety of benefits. One big advantage is that patients can expect immediate improvements when eating and speaking. Other major benefits can include:
- More secure compared to traditional dentures
- Long-lasting tooth replacement
- An overall comfortable fit
- No food restrictions
- A balanced and natural-looking smile
- Jawbone growth and preservation of jawbone density
Who Is a Candidate for All-on-4® & All-on-6 Implant Dentures?
Individuals with missing teeth, extensive tooth damage, and/or removable dental prosthetics who want to improve the appearance, health, longevity, function, and comfort of their smiles are invited to inquire about our All-on-4® and All-on-6 implant denture solutions. Compared with other dental implant options, implant dentures secured with the All-on-4® and All-on-6 methods typically require less jawbone density to perform successfully. To find out if you are a good candidate for the All-on-4® or All-on-6 implant denture method, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shen. During this appointment, Dr. Shen will perform a comprehensive assessment of your oral health and evaluate the condition of your dental structures and jawbone using state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging (three-dimensional CT scans). Based on the findings, Dr. Shen can recommend the most suitable dental implant treatment plan for your unique needs, desired outcome, and budget. If you are not currently a good candidate for dental implants, treatment options for improving your oral health and bone structure can be presented, or alternative methods of tooth replacement can be discussed.
What Happens During the All-on-4® & All-on-6 Implant Denture Procedure?
Establishing good dental health and adequate jawbone structure may be the first stage of your All-on-4® or All-on-6 implant denture procedure. Next, four or six dental implants will be strategically placed within your jawbone during a surgical procedure. You may opt for the use of sedation during this procedure to maintain optimal comfort and relaxation. Once your implants have been placed, a period of healing is required—during which the dental implant posts should fuse with your jawbone tissue. The final phase of treatment involves the custom design and fabrication of your full-arch denture. When the denture is ready, it is snapped into place over your healed implant posts for a firm, secure, and comfortable fit.
What is Recovery Like After the All-on-4® & All-on-6 Implant Denture Procedure?
You can expect some temporary swelling and soreness following the surgical placement of your dental implants. Taking over-the-counter pain medications and following post-surgical care instructions can help promote healing and comfort during this period of recovery. Full healing and osseointegration of the implants can take up to six months. Once your implant denture is placed, you can enjoy smiling, chewing, and speaking with confidence!
How Long Do All-on-4® & All-on-6 Implant Dentures Last?
All-on-4® and All-on-6 implant dentures are designed to produce long-lasting results. For many patients, they can last up to 20 years or more with the right maintenance and care. Just like regular teeth, as long as you brush and floss regularly and have professional dental cleanings at least twice a year, your All-on-4® or All-on-6 implant dentures can last for decades.
How Do You Clean All-on-4® & All-on-6 Implant Dentures?
In order to maintain your All-on-4® and All-on-6 implant dentures, general oral hygiene practices should be followed. This means brushing and flossing daily, as well as following up with your dentist for cleanings to ensure optimal results. Not only are dental checkups important for removing plaque and bacteria from hard-to-reach areas of the mouth but also a good opportunity for your dentist to make sure there are no problems with your All-on-4® or All-on-6 implant dentures.
What Are the Risks of All-on-4® & All-on-6?
When an experienced implant dentist performs the All-on-4® or All-on-6 procedure, any potential risks can be greatly minimized. This is why it is important for every patient to do research on their prospective implant dentist, check the dentist’s credentials, and read reviews online of previous patients’ experiences. Although rare, possible risks of treatment may include a bad reaction to anesthesia, implant failure caused by the implants not properly fusing with the jawbone, or infection. During your consultation, Dr. Shen will go over potential complications of the procedure even though there is only a minor chance of these situations happening.
How Much Do All-on-4® & All-on-6 Implant Dentures Cost?
At Smile By Design, All-on-4® or All-on-6 implant denture solutions can cost between $15,000 and $30,000 on average. Pricing can fluctuate based on the specific details of your treatment plan, so it is important to come in for a consultation to receive an accurate cost estimate from Dr. Shen. If you are interested in exploring financing options or discussing payment plans to make treatment more accessible and affordable, our office team is happy to help. Please contact our office today to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Shen.*