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All-on-6 vs. All-on-4 Dental Implants

By December 16, 2022No Comments

Dental implants are a unique solution for replacing missing, decayed, or damaged teeth. They involve implanting a titanium post, which fuses with the jaw bone. Above this, an abutment is placed, and a prosthetic dental crown, bridge, or denture is secured on top. This is the basic process. But there are often several considerations when planning a procedure. They include choosing between all-on-6 vs. all-on-4 dental implants, which we’ll discuss here.

What Is the “All-on” Procedure?

An “All-on” approach to dental implants is used when most of your teeth have fallen out or have been extracted. Replacing one tooth is simple. But implanting one at a time to replace an entire arch (or both) would be time-consuming and costly. Instead of using up to 10 dental implants per arch, a dentist can insert fewer implants at an angle to provide more coverage. The number of implants used depends on the amount of strength needed to support the new teeth.

All-on-4 Dental Implants

The simplest of the two options, all-on-4 dental implants require just four titanium posts per arch. They’re designed to support 14 teeth. Therefore, you don’t need one implant per missing tooth. The implants prevent bone loss, stimulate bone growth, and last a lifetime if properly cared for. Plus, they look and function just like natural teeth.

For all-on-4 implants, the dental practitioner must determine whether you have enough jaw bone mass. Next, decayed teeth or remnants of missing teeth are surgically removed. You’ll then be placed under anesthesia and small titanium screws will be inserted into the bone. Osseointegration will take place over the next few months; once the posts fuse with the jaw bone, your surgeon will complete the process by attaching the permanent crown, bridge, or set.

All-on-6 Dental Implants

All-on-6 differs from all-on-4 in that six titanium implants are used instead of four. It is generally better suited for patients with reduced jaw bone mass. In this case, four implants may not be enough to support the prosthesis. Inserting six of them provides additional strength and stability. This also provides more stimulation of the jaw bone, protecting against further bone density loss after the procedure.

The all-on-6 procedure also reduces the likelihood that bone grafting will be needed. It generally leads to a quicker recovery time as well. As with the all-on-4 dental implant process, it results in a permanent set of dentures that lasts for many decades and functions the same as your original teeth. And with additional strength, there can be less bite pressure and the prosthesis may feel less heavy. 

Let Us Decide on Your Optimal Treatment Plan

At OraBell Dental Implant Centers in Van Nuys, CA, we provide single-tooth, multi-tooth, and full-mouth implants. During your free consultation, we’ll evaluate your oral health and implant needs. Your dentist will perform a visual examination and 3D CBCT scan to determine which is the best procedure for you.

Whether all-on-6 or all-on-4 dental implants are right for you, our implant specialist Dr. Idan Snapir will provide high-quality treatment and our staff will support you throughout the entire process. Learn more about the benefits of dental implants and schedule a consultation with OraBell Dental Implant Centers in Van Nuys, CA today.

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