All-On-4 Explained

All-On-4 Explained

In simple words, an All-on-4 dental implants procedure is different from a conventional implant procedure. All-on-4 refers to the addition of four dental implants by replacing either the upper or lower set of teeth. Replacing the natural set of teeth due to decay, missing teeth, or any other reason allows a professional surgeon to strategically place four dental implants. These four dental implants then act as mechanical support for a new fixed set of teeth to be added to either the lower or upper part of the jaw.

The All-on-4 dental procedure is one of the most effective ones currently aimed at solving missing teeth issues for patients. Let’s dive into more detail to understand the benefits and several implications of the All-on-4 procedure. 

Conventional Dental Implants vs All-On-4

In All-on-4, the surgeon inserts a new set of fixed teeth on either the lower or upper jaw (gum line). However, to fix and place the new set of teeth permanently into the mouth, the surgeon inserts four small titanium screws. The said screws are inserted strategically to act as support for the new set of teeth. Those titanium screws can support either a single tooth or teeth set effectively. The titanium implants form the foundation inside the gums of the patients by fusing with the patient’s jawbone.

Previously, the conventional dental implants involved total rehabilitation with the help of 6-8 implants. Plus, the surgeon would use a full-fixed bridge. The conventional dental implants procedure required the patient to have sufficient jawbone density and mass. But, that’s not the case with an All-on-4 dental procedure.

According to the procedure, the All-on-4 dental implants process allows a professional surgeon to perform sleep dentistry. By giving IV sedation to the patient, a surgeon is allowed to make their patient less uncomfortable and anxious.

The All-on-4 dental implants consisting of four small titanium screws don’t rely on the jawbone alone as a single source of support. Instead, the longer implants can anchor at the underside of the cheekbone.

Dental Implant Failure: Major Causes for It

Several risk factors and causes can lead to dental implant failure during or after the procedure. Those causes include:

  • Implant Misalignment
  • Failed Osseointegration
  • Nerve Damage
  • Ineffective Dental Impressions
  • Implant Failure (Poor Quality)
  • Allergic Reactions (Foreign Body Reaction)

However, you must know that these risks won’t be there when a professionally trained and educated surgeon is taking care of you.


With the help of Dr Shawn B. Davis, DMD at Oral & Facial Surgery Institute, find out if you qualify for an All-on-4 dental procedure. As established above, you must have a certain level of bone density and mass preserved in your jaw to ensure the implantation of titanium posts. They will fuse perfectly if your jawbone is dense and strong. On the other hand, you can trust Dr Davis, DMD, with all your oral surgeries and treatments.

Being in practice for a couple of years now, we provide the most convenient dental and facial services. Set an appointment with Dr Davis, DMD at Oral & Facial Surgery Institute today. Call us at (435) 628-1100 to learn more.

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