Since all on 4 dental implants also use the bridges, you might think what is the difference between the two? Though the process is similar, there is a difference between them and that is of the healing period and the amount of comfort they bring to patients. In standard practice, 6 implants are placed at 90 degrees into the jaw to support the full arch, and it takes another 6 months before the bridge can be fitted. Patients with less bone in the area, need to undergo bone grafting for this type of dental makeover. Besides the amount of time it takes, it is also more expensive as compared to all on 4 dental implants.
If you are planning to get immediate teeth using all on 4 dental implants, then you would be a little doubtful about its credibility and history. Developed in 1990, the technique is today more than 2 decades old and has benefitted millions of people around the world, giving them teeth which look real, are more comfortable and can be fitted in just one day. Patients have been happy to opt for it as it is also friendly on their pockets. Only thing to remember here is that additional skills and technology are required to perform it, and so all are not skilled to do it successfully.
However before all on 4 dental implants can be performed on you, it is important to assess the condition of your mouth, to know if it will support the treatment or not. This is done through a series of tests like CT scan, X-rays and measurement of bone density and impressions. Your dental makeover will be planned based on these tests. Often you will notice that dentists use special software and dedicated treatment planning system, to help them with the process. Once you are through to the diagnostics, extraction and placement of all on 4 dental implants is done, then abutment and teeth are attached and lastly a follow up and second set of permanent teeth takes place.