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All on 4 Treatment Concept
Chicago, IL

All on Four treatment concept in Chicago, IL by Bucktown Dental Associates
Tooth loss is a serious issue that affects every aspect of your life. Biting and chewing become more difficult. Speaking becomes more challenging. Your smile is significantly impacted, as is your confidence. Tooth loss also affects the health of your jawbone. The more teeth you lose, the more significant the effects. At Bucktown Dental Associates, we can replace missing teeth with dental implants. We offer many different types of dental implant solutions, including the All on 4 treatment concept.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a modern solution for tooth loss. This treatment uses small posts, typically made from titanium, that is surgically implanted into your jawbone. As you heal, the bone fuses to the posts. This process is called osseointegration, and it essentially integrates the posts into your jaw. They become strong, stable roots that are then used to provide support for your replacement teeth, which are made from ceramic. Dental implants are incredibly versatile and can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or even a full arch of teeth.

Bone Loss and Dental Implant Success

Dental implants rely on osseointegration for success. For your jawbone to fuse properly, you need to have sufficient bone mass remaining. However, following tooth loss, your jawbone begins to weaken and lose mass. If your bone is too weak, it cannot fuse properly, resulting in loose posts or implant failure. Too little bone mass does not automatically disqualify you from getting dental implants. Instead, a bone graft is generally recommended. This is a surgical procedure that involves transplanting bone mass to the weakened areas of your jaw to restore strength, improving the success of implant treatment.

What is the All on 4 Treatment Concept?

The All on 4 treatment concept is a type of dental implant treatment that replaces a full arch of missing teeth. In many cases, a full arch restoration, also called an implant supported denture, uses 6 to 8 implant posts. If you have suffered too much bone loss, though, your jaw may not be strong enough to support these necessary posts. Instead of undergoing a bone graft, the All on 4 treatment concept helps to avoid the need for an additional surgical procedure by using only 4 implant posts. How can fewer posts increase the success of implant treatment without a bone graft?

The success of this treatment is not in the number of implant posts, but in how they are placed. Two posts are placed vertically at the front of the jaw, where there is naturally more bone mass. The other two posts are placed near the back of each side of the jaw. They are implanted at a 45-degree angle, maximizing contact between the posts and your existing bone mass, allowing for optimal osseointegration.

What Benefits Does the All on 4 Treatment Concept Provide?

There are several benefits associated with the All on 4 treatment concept. These benefits include:
•  Less surgery.
•  Reduced recovery time.
•  No need for a bone graft or sinus lift.
•  More affordable than a typical full arch restoration.

Questions about All-on-Four?

With the All on 4 treatment concept, we can provide a full arch restoration without the need for a bone graft first. Click here if you have dental implant pricing questions. For more information, and to find out if the All on 4 treatment concept is right for you, call Bucktown Dental Associates at (773) 276-2757 to schedule your appointment today.

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