Anybody who has lost a tooth has researched implants, as a possible solution. People who’re missing multiple teeth may come across terms like “All in 4” or “All in 6.”
Both options are designed with one goal in mind- to give you that perfect smile. However, there are some noteworthy differences to consider, for both the dentist and client, when making a decision.
Decisions are based on questions like, “What do they mean? How does the procedure work? Which one should you choose?”
We’ll explore these questions and shed some light on the alternatives within the treatment.
Firstly, let’s examine the similarities. The procedures are useful for replacing multiple teeth and involves surgery to fix dental implants in the jawbone.
Both methods provide the option of titanium or ceramic dental implants. The purpose is to support dentures, which may be permanent or removable, and prevent structure loss in the jaw.
A patient is likely to put under general anesthetic, which is ideal for the majority of people who suffer from dental anxiety, and the procedure usually lasts between two to three hours.
Having this done in one session is possible and preferable. With both options, the implants harmonize with the jaw, creating a pressure similar to natural teeth.
The significant difference between the two and the reason for number four and six in their respective names is the number of roots that are inserted in the jaw.
Let’s imagine a patient decides to get a full set of replacement teeth. Rather than needing an implant for every single tooth, they can receive just four or six instead, while still connecting all the teeth.
This results in jaw grafting and probably won’t be necessary, and the recovery time is significantly reduced, by about three months. The dental surgeon can install temporary dentures while a patient waits for the permanent ones, which can be titanium or ceramic dental implants.
Many dentists prefer All on Six because of the even distribution it offers. Chewing puts pressure on the jaw and distributes the stress across more points while reducing the load.
There is also the increased stability and added strength from two new dental implants.
This is because, without teeth, our jaws begin to break down. You may have noticed someone who wears dentures, looking sunken and aged when removing them. This doesn’t happen with implants because the jawbone is stimulated, just as it would with natural teeth.
In the end, neither solution is wrong. The decision depends on where the missing teeth are situated, the health of your remaining teeth, and a client’s personal preference.
Both procedures are an excellent solution for dental loss and involve minimal recovery time.
Being willing to learn and knowing all of the available options is the first step to the right decision, and it’s always acceptable to ask and receive a second opinion.
Discussing your needs with skilled and experienced professionals, and possibly undergoing some tests, should lead to the best solution.
It won’t be long before you forget you’re wearing implants and you can return to a healthy lifestyle.