Why we are “all in” on All-on-4: The minimal implant approach to rebuilding a maximum number of teeth

As a patient seeking exceptional methods to replace missing or failing teeth, it is important to know that you have more options to do so than at any other point in dentistry and history. At Orion Dental Specialties, it is also our privilege to provide “total family care” and “total implant care.” One of the most transformative implant options that our office in Cypress, Texas, can provide is called “All-on-4.” This approach may be well-suited to you if:

  • You are missing many or all of your teeth in the upper or lower dental arch(es)
  • You have many aching and potentially failing teeth that will likely need to be pulled
  • You have bone loss due to the loss of teeth and might not otherwise be a candidate for dental implants
  • Your bone loss might otherwise require undergoing a procedure to “graft” or augment deteriorated tissues in the jaw
  • You do not want to or are not a good candidate for grafting surgery

The “magic” of the All-on-4

Drs Melanie and Farnam Farzam are on that rare list of dental professionals in Cypress, Texas, and beyond who have acquired the training and experience necessary to handle every step in the implant journey. Dentist’s offices typically handle the restoration part of the process. They must refer their patients to other offices for the rest of the procedure, the planning of the implant, and its surgical insertion. We, however, are true to our name and our mission of providing total family care. As such, we have the expertise on-site to efficiently and effectively resolve even the most daunting dental challenges and complexities.

Implants largely present a standard-setting approach to replacing teeth. Implants are cylinder-shaped posts fabricated from tissue-friendly materials. When precisely inserted into the jawbone, implants integrate into the hard tissues around them. In turn, they are fused to the rest of the jawbone. Then, implants can function like the roots of the teeth to stabilize a crown, bridge, or denture. 

With the All-on-4 system, patients do not have to undergo the cost-prohibitive, impractical, time-consuming, and highly aggressive process of placing implants to replace every tooth root. With this innovative approach, Dr. Melanie or Dr. Farnam may be able to retain an entire upper or lower denture with as few as four implants!

All-on-4 in three-plus benefits

All-on-4 also differs from other implant-related techniques due to how the implants are each positioned in the jawbone. Notably, a few implants are positioned upright. A few more implants are then placed at angles to allow a maximal number of teeth to be reliably secured in the jaw. This unique design also optimizes the existing bone. So, even those who may have been precluded from implants in the past can enjoy their numerous benefits, including:

  • All-on-4 is characterized as a “graft-less” procedure. Our patients don’t have to augment bone with grafts before their implant surgery.
  • All-on-4 is also an “immediate dentures” process. Our dentists may deliver a temporary denture during the same appointment as your extractions. And, once the sites of the extractions are healed, we provide you with dentures that can last a lifetime (thanks to your implants!).
  • This system is considered to be a great return on your investment. While implants may cost a little more upfront, they also represent the most costly aspect of the process. So, by minimizing the total number of implants, we help to contain the total cost of treatment. Plus, All-on-4 dentures continue to be going strong in more than 95% of cases (five to 10 years after initial placement).

If you are trying to hold on to achy, damaged teeth or you hide your smile due to embarrassing gaps, give our team in Cypress, TX, a call at (832) 906-8313. You deserve to have a smile that sparkles and supports your effervescent self, and Orion Dental Specialties looks forward to discussing the many options.