“All-on-4” and “All-on-6”
are two different dental techniques or methods for replacing missing teeth using dental implants. Here are some key pieces of information about these techniques, the procedure, safety, healing, recovery, and tips:
- All-on-4 vs. All-on-6: Both are concepts for complete dental reconstruction using dental implants. The difference between them lies in the number of implants used to support the prosthesis. All-on-4 uses four implants per jaw, while All-on-6 uses six implants per jaw.
- Technique and Method: Both techniques use implants to secure the dental prosthesis. Implants are inserted into the jawbone to simulate the roots of natural teeth. The prosthesis is then attached to these implants.
- Safety: The All-on-4 and All-on-6 techniques are relatively safe when performed by an experienced oral surgeon or implantologist. However, like any surgical procedure, there are risks, including infections, nerve damage, and implant failure. It’s important to consult with your doctor to understand the risks and benefits for your specific case.
- Procedure: The procedure typically involves first removing any remaining teeth (if applicable), then inserting implants into the jawbone, and creating a temporary prosthetic work (within 48 hours) that is affixed to the previously placed implants. After 6 months, the process of creating the definitive prosthetic work begins.
- Healing and Recovery: Implant healing can take several months. During this period, it’s crucial to follow your doctor’s instructions to ensure successful healing. Recovery after the placement of the prosthetic work may involve getting accustomed to the newly placed prosthesis, as well as maintaining oral hygiene.
- Regularly follow the instructions of your oral surgeon or implantologist throughout the entire process.
- Maintain good oral hygiene to prevent infections.
- Avoid chewing hard food or exerting excessive pressure on the prosthesis during the first few weeks.
- Attend regular check-ups with your dentist or implantologist to ensure the longevity and functionality of your new teeth.
It’s important to note that these are general pieces of information. Each patient has unique needs and conditions, so it’s best to consult with a specialist to receive individualized information and advice for your case.