Comparing All-on-4 vs. Traditional Dental Implants
Restorative dental solutions like All-on-4® dental implants can replace missing teeth, which refreshes your appearance and restores your oral function. At Smile Montreal Dentistry, we prioritize our patients’ oral health by offering several dental implant options in Montreal, QC. Whether you want to replace one, some, or all of your missing teeth, we have a quality tooth replacement solution for you.
If you’re considering dental implants, then you’ll need to know the differences and similarities between All-on-4 vs. traditional dental implants. Our knowledgeable team is here to explore each option so that you can make the right choice for you and your lifestyle.
Traditional Dental Implants
Patients who are missing one tooth, several teeth, or all of their teeth may be ideal candidates for traditional dental implants. These posts (made of biocompatible materials like titanium) can replace one tooth or several missing teeth in a row with a quality restoration, like a dental crown or bridge.
However, traditional dental implants have some distinct disadvantages, including:
- Extensive preparatory procedures
- Multiple surgeries
- Lengthy recovery period
Tooth loss causes the jaw bone to break down over time, which makes placing traditional dental implants more challenging for dental professionals. As a result, many patients with jaw bone deterioration must undergo a series of preparatory procedures, including bone grafting, before getting traditional implants.
Bone grafting requires oral surgery, and patients must fully recover from this procedure before proceeding with dental implant surgery. In addition, there is the implant placement procedure, and surgery to place the abutment on the implant. This means that patients must schedule multiple appointments over the course of months before they can completely restore their smiles.
Patients recovering from bone graft surgery can take up to nine months to fully heal. Additionally, traditional dental implant surgery requires up to six months of recovery time. This means that patients could wait over a year to replace missing teeth with traditional implants.
All-on-4 Dental Implants
Patients with total or near-total tooth loss may benefit most from All-on-4 dental implants. Our skilled Montreal dentists can strategically place four titanium posts on each arch to reliably hold a complete set of dentures.
All-on-4 dental implants have unique advantages, including:
- Limited preparatory procedures
- A single surgery
- New teeth in a day
Limited Preparatory Procedures
All-on-4 dental implants rarely require invasive preparatory procedures, like bone grafting. Instead, our team locates the densest parts of the jaw to embed the titanium posts, which eliminates the need for multiple surgeries.
A Single Surgery
Our team can place All-on-4 dental implants in a single appointment. Additionally, most patients don’t have to fully heal from their procedure before getting their new restorations. This cuts down on multiple surgeries over multiple months.
Immediately following the All-on-4 procedure, our team can place your custom restoration snuggly on top of the titanium posts. This means that you can leave our office with a beautiful brand new smile following your surgery.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Stop hiding your smile and start replacing your missing teeth. Schedule a consultation at Smile Montreal Dentistry to discuss your dental implant options today. New and existing patients can request an appointment online or they may call our Westmount office at (514) 937-6558.