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Are you a good candidate for All-on-4?

The option to replace an entire arch of teeth with All-on-4 dental implants is welcome news to patients who are missing all or a significant number of teeth.

Most patients are eligible for the procedure. Here’s how to tell if you’re a good candidate for All-on-4 dental implants.

A clean bill of health

Surgically placing fixed denture implants is a procedure that may require patients to undergo anesthesia. Candidates for All-on-4 must be healthy enough for surgery.

Certain types of medical conditions (such as uncontrolled diabetes) may disqualify you from the All-on-4 procedure. Patients taking antidepressants should be aware of the increased risk of implant failure. Patients undergoing radiation therapy of the jaw are usually not eligible for dental implants.

Absence of oral disease

Patients currently dealing with gum disease or other oral disease may need to treat these conditions prior to undergoing All-on-4 dental implant surgery. A history of gum disease will not necessarily render you ineligible but is a risk factor for implant failure.

Sufficient bone structure

Your jawbone will be evaluated with a 3D CT scan to determine bone volume. Your oral surgeon will let you know whether bone grafts or additional procedures are required.

No smoking

Smoking can increase your implant failure rate up to three times. As a bare minimum, patients who smoke must cease to do so leading up to surgery and throughout the healing process. Patients are highly encouraged to quit smoking altogether.

Commitment to treatment

Making the switch to a fixed dental implant bridge can be a life-altering decision; All-on-4 bridges look, feel and function as close to your natural teeth as possible. Daily care is almost identical to brushing your natural teeth.

However, the procedure does require a number of visits to the oral surgeon and temporary changes to your diet and habits.

This article is intended as an overview of All-on-4 only. To truly evaluate if All-on-4 is right for you, visit an oral surgeon.