Dental implants are the most effective tooth replacement option available. Unlike bridges and dentures, implants provide a permanent solution to missing teeth while also supporting the health of your jawbone. If you’re missing a full arch of teeth, however, you may be daunted by the idea of replacing every single tooth with a dental implant. Guess what? You don’t have to. All-on-6 dental implants can restore a full arch of teeth with just six implants. By adding two implants to the All-On-4® tooth replacement solution, All-on-6 maximizes strength, stability, and jawbone health, giving you a complete smile makeover that functions beautifully as well.
All-on-6 implants work by surgically inserting six dental implants in the upper or lower arch to support a full set of prosthetic teeth. Four implants are placed at the front, and two in the back. The implants are surgically inserted at an angle to provide maximum support and stability. Abutments are attached to the implants, and a complete arch of custom-fitted replacement teeth is attached to the abutments. The prosthesis looks and feels like natural teeth. The All-on-6 implant system restores not only the beauty of the smile, but also the function.
Getting dental implants is a process that takes months from start to finish, but the implant procedure itself takes just a few hours. The exact length of the implant process depends on the needs of the patient. Some patients require tooth extraction, bone graft, or other procedures prior to getting implants. Once the preliminary procedures are completed, however, All-on-6 happens in a single day, and it only takes a few hours. Afterward, the patient is sent home with a temporary set of prosthetics that look and function like natural teeth.
The All-on-6 treatment process begins with an examination and evaluation to determine whether the patient is a good candidate for the surgery. An individual treatment plan is then designed to optimize the patient’s oral health prior to surgery. This may include tooth extraction, a course of antibiotics, a sinus lift, or other procedure. In many cases, the patient needs no preliminary procedures at all. Preoperative and postoperative instructions are given to the patient in order to help them prepare for surgery and plan for after-care.
On the day of the All-on-6 surgery, the implants are placed in the jawbone under local anesthesia and the temporary prosthesis is attached to the implants. For the next several months, while the patient heals, the jawbone grows into and around the implants in a process known as osseointegration. This process provides a structural and functional connection between the jawbone and the implants, providing strength and stability. Once the treatment area has healed and the osseointegration process is complete (3-6 months), the patient returns for the placement of their permanent prosthesis.
How painful are All-on-6 dental implants?
Prior to the implant placement, the patient is made comfortable with either local or general anesthesia, so the surgery itself involves little to no discomfort. After surgery, once the anesthesia wears off, there may be some tenderness and swelling, but Dr. Hage will provide instructions and medications to help alleviate postoperative discomfort. Pain and swelling should subside within 10 days.
What is the difference between the All-on-6 implant technique and the standard implant system?
The standard implant procedure involves one implant for each missing tooth. But for people who have a full set of missing teeth, this can be prohibitively extensive and expensive. Rather than using 16 implants to replace 16 teeth, however, the All-on-6 system uses just 6 implants, resulting in a full smile restoration for a fraction of what it would cost to replace every single missing tooth with an implant. All-on-6 is a variation of the All-On-4® implant technique in which just four implants are used to support a full arch of teeth. The two additional implants provide more strength and stability for the jawbone.
What are the advantages of the All-on-6 implant technique?
The All-on-6 dental implant technique has a number of advantages that make it a great smile restoration option for people missing a full arch of teeth. These include:
If you’re missing a full arch of teeth, chances are you’re also missing some of the most important pleasures of life, including the ability to eat the foods you love and to smile and laugh without shame or embarrassment. All-on-6 can restore your confidence and give you a new lease on life.
Dr. Hage is a master of the prestigious International Academy of Dental Implantology, and he has been recognized as the best dental implant specialist in San Diego. If you’re ready to restore your smile and your confidence, give Smile Designers a call at (619) 222-6000 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Hage today.