The last decade has brought important advances to the field of implant dentistry that has changed significantly the outlook of dental practices everywhere. Today’s practitioners are often faced with an aging population presenting with medical, anatomical and restorative challenges. This is frequently combined with a high level of expectation that brings about a new level of complexity when treating the edentulous or “soon to be edentulous” patient.
Treatment of the edentulous patient poses many challenges to both the surgical and restorative team. The practitioner is faced with multiple obstacles, including moderate to severe bone atrophy, reduced bone quality, collapse of soft tissues, and last but not least re-establishing proper esthetics and phonetics that meet patients’ desires.
Traditional approaches to restoring the atrophic maxilla usually involve bone grafting, six or more implants, and as many as 18 months of treatment. The “All-On-Four” technique offers a viable alternative to the conventional approach allowing for the immediate loading of a fixed full arch prosthesis without the need for bone augmentation. In the last five years, we successfully integrated this concept in our clinic and were able to offer this alternative, when indicated, to many patients who benefited from the many advantages of this technique.
- This presentation is to present you with an overview of the “All-On-Four” concept as well as introduce to you our experience with this modality of treatment.