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History of All-on-4 Dental Implants

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You might think dental implants are relatively new due to their popularity among patients who require prosthetic teeth. However, the most basic dental implants trace their roots back to the 1950s and 1960s when pioneering dentists and oral surgeons discovered that human bone can fuse to titanium. Since then, dental implants have been perfected to the incredible, popular procedure it is now.

Professor Pi Branemark

Professor Pi Branemark discovered that bone integrates with titanium as it grows. Branemark performed the very first dental implantation in 1965. Rather than just one tooth, the Swede implanted an entire arch of teeth in the patient’s mouth. The professor noted that when several implants spread the force of chewing around the mouth instead of just having one implant for one tooth, the implant lasts longer and breaks less. The benefits of many implants at once are better than just one implant at a time.

Fast forward to 1998 when another pioneering dental implant came about and it revolutionized the way patients could get their teeth back.

European Innovation

Dr. Paulo Malo, a Portuguese implantologist, discovered a way to reduce the number of implants that go into someone’s mouth. Instead of six to 12 implants in one jaw to support an entire row of teeth, Malo determined that a patient needs just four implants for an entire set of teeth on the upper or lower jaw. That’s where the name All-on-4 comes from: all teeth on just four implants.

Australian Improvements

After several years’ worth of clinical trials in Europe, South America and the United States, All-on-4 procedures took another leap in 2005 in Australia. Dr. Alex Fibishenko, who trained with Branemark, determined a very important part of the implantation process. Initially, dentists wanted the implants to heal four to six months before attaching permanent teeth to them. This waiting period lets the implants graft to the bone, which makes them stronger.

During the healing time, people still needed teeth to chew food. Dentists would attach dentures to the implants in the meantime. Unfortunately, the dentures would interfere with the healing process. Fibishenko discovered that temporary bridges worked better compared to dentures. The bridges were stronger for patients, and they allowed for necessary healing.

Success Stories

After Fibishenko’s advancement, medical studies and research began to take All-on-4 implants more seriously. Researchers looked at the survival rate of these types of implants. Survival rate means the implants didn’t cause an infection, nor were any of the prosthetic teeth cracked by normal wear-and-tear.

A 2011 study published in the Journal of Implantology notes that out of 165 patients, just three implants failed within a year of the initial implantation. The overall success rate was 99.6 percent. In 2014, the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research stated that out of 242 people who received All-on-4 implants, the implant survival rate was 98 percent after five years.

What do these numbers, figures and percentages mean? They mean All-on-4 implants are generally regarded as safe. They are nearly 100 percent effective after five years. Dentists and oral surgeons routinely train to administer this service, and the modern procedure has a temporary bridge the same day with a permanent set of teeth two months later.

How All-on-4 Works Now

The secret to the All-on-4 technique is the way the implants go into your jaw. Two implants sit towards the front while two go towards the back tilted at an angle. The angle of the implants strengthens the implants when the bone grows around them as the titanium takes advantage of the strongest possible parts of the bone. As of 2016, more than 100,000 people around the world have benefited from All-on-4 implants.

The process of All-on-4 begins with a consultation with your dentist who takes detailed scans and pictures of your jawbone. Once your dentist determines you have enough bone, you are sedated for a few hours while the dentist or oral surgeon places the implants. Once you come out of sedation, you receive a temporary bridge that serves as your teeth until the implants fully heal.

Why All-on-4

All-on-4 gives your mouth the strongest possible set of teeth. The placements are permanent, and the only thing that might need to be replaced are the prosthetic teeth themselves. Because you only have four implants, they are easier to keep clean and there is less of a chance of infection. All you need to do is follow a standard care regimen for teeth and you have the strongest bite and the most beautiful smile you can possibly get.

The procedure is routine, fast, effective and you get to go home with brand-new teeth! The procedure, coupled with the overwhelming success rate, means you have very little to worry about in the capable hands of Dr. Ginger Price.

Why Dr. Ginger Price

Dr. Price takes into account everything when it comes to the aesthetics of your new teeth. Her undergraduate background in the arts trained her to see how your natural beauty is enhanced with All-on-4 implants. She considers your skin tone, the shape and alignment of your original teeth, face shape and bone structure to give you the perfect teeth and smile.

Dr. Price has more than three decades of dental experience, and hundreds of hours of training with All-on-4 experts, to back up her keen eye for aesthetics when it comes to your smile. Contact her office today for a consultation.

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