March 2, 2019
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to walk into the periodontist’s office with your current, less-than-stellar smile and leave a few hours later with a great new look? That is a possibility with All-on-4® treatment from the periodontists at Pacific Northwest Periodontics. Not everyone is a candidate for these same-day implants, but if you have a strong, healthy jawbone to hold and retain dental implant posts, All-on-4 may prove an option.
The All-on-4 treatment concept involves full-arch rehabilitation with just four implant posts. Not only does this treatment result in same-day satisfaction, but it is also cost effective. All-on-4 treatment involves:
- Two straight anterior implants and two implants tilted up to 45 degrees in the posterior.
- No need for bone grafting.
- Immediate use.
Patients choosing this fixed full arch restoration find it satisfactory in terms of aesthetics, functionality and cost. Nothing boosts self-esteem like a bright new smile; it is truly transformational. Not only will you look better, but you will be able to eat some of the foods you had to give up due to dental issues. Care consists of daily flossing and brushing, as with natural teeth.
All-on-4 Treatment Candidates
The best candidates for All-on-4 treatments are those missing many — or all — of their teeth on both arches. Besides a strong jawbone, candidates must be in overall good health. Patients with severe periodontal disease or tooth decay are not good candidates for All-on-4 treatments, at least until their conditions are resolved. Age is not a factor for All-on-4 treatments if the candidate meets all the other criteria. These treatments are a great alternative to traditional dentures. In fact, the All-on-4 treatments make patients look younger.
Certain factors can rule a patient out as an All-on-4 treatment candidate. These include:
- Cigarette smoking
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Bone infections
- Steroid use
Once these risk factors are addressed, a patient may become an All-on-4 treatment candidate.
All-on-4 Treatment at Pacific Northwest Periodontics
Dr. Darrin Rapoport and Dr. Ralf Schuler are among the most experienced All-on-4 dental implant providers in the region. All-on-4 treatment repairs your smile in a fraction of the time required for standard dental implants. Call 206-575-1086 or email us today to schedule a dental implant consultation with our team, and determine whether you are a candidate for All-on-4 treatment.