Permanent dentures with ‘all on 4’ implants
We offer permanent, natural looking dentures, using a process commonly referred to as ‘all on 4’, to our patients in Leighton Buzzard, Milton Keynes and surrounding villages.
What are ‘all on four’ implants?
What are the benefits of all on 4 implants?
Many people are unhappy with conventional dentures as they can be prone to moving around in the mouth. In addition, a denture which initially fitted may, over time, become loose as a result of gum and bone shrinkage following the loss of teeth. This means regular visits to the dentist to adjust the fit of the dentures and may result in the need for replacement dentures in the longer term.
All on 4 implants keep dentures securely and comfortably in place, allowing you to go about your daily life with confidence. With the all on 4 technique, your uniquely created denture is placed on top of 4 implants (or more if required) creating a permanent, fully functioning, highly realistic-looking set of teeth.
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Common dentures problems fixed by all on 4 implants
- Slipping and moving of dentures: All on 4 dentures are firmly fixed in place
- Slurred speech and embarrassing clicks, whistling or clacking: All on 4 are just like natural teeth, so no more denture-related noises!
- Bone loss in jaw: Over time the implants integrate with the natural bone in your jaw, preventing further bone loss
- Difficulty chewing certain foods: With all on 4, you should be able to eat whatever you like
- Gum and mouth irritation, or pain caused by ill-fitting dentures: All gone with all on 4!
What all on 4 dental implant treatment involves
The all on 4 implant treatment can be broken down into 3 steps:
During this initial consultation and planning phase, our qualified dental implant specialist, Neil Du Preez, assesses your suitability for the all on 4 dental implant treatment. This includes taking X-rays, or sometimes a scan, to assess the condition of your jaw bone and to plan for the procedure.
This is when Neil places your implants. Whilst the procedure is commonly referred to as “all on 4”, Neil may occasionally use additional implants if he feels this is likely to give you a better and safer outcome. You are consulted at every stage to make sure you understand fully what is involved.
Your custom made, permanent dentures, consisting of a titanium base, are then manufactured to your exact specification by a specialist laboratory. You can wear your existing denture while your implants are healing and integrating with your natural bone. Sometimes we can temporarily fix your existing denture to the implants.
4 to 6 months later your permanent dentures are fitted onto your implants. The reason for the waiting time is to give the implants time to heal and to fully and securely integrate with your jaw bone.
Frequently asked questions about all on four implants
We use the latest technology from Biohorizons®, one of the leading international suppliers of dental implants. Click here to download the Biohorizons® TeethExpress leaflet for more information >