All-On-8 Dental Implant Additions
Some jobs are too big for All-On-4 dental implants to tackle. If a patient is missing more than 80% of their existing teeth, the 4 anchors in All-On-4 dental implants are simply not strong enough to support that many replacement teeth. In these cases, All-On-8 dental implants are the recommended solution. Instead of just 4 anchors, All-On-8 offers 8 anchors to support dental implants or a dental bridge for up to 12 to 14 teeth. If the majority of your teeth are either missing or damaged, All-On-8 is a great solution to get a beautiful set of functional replacement teeth.
How Does All-On-8 Work?
Before being cleared for All-On-8 dental implants, it is essential to make sure that the patient’s jawbone is strong enough to support that many implants. While strong bone surrounding the teeth is important with All-On-4 dental implants, it is absolutely essential for All-On-8. If the bone is not strong enough, it will be reinforced with a bone graft before a dental implant expert even thinks about beginning the procedure.
If the bone is deemed strong enough to support All-On-8 implants, then the dental implant expert will place the dental implants into the jawbone. Once the implants are placed, temporary crowns will be placed on top of the implants until the mouth is fully healed. After the jaw, gums, and teeth have healed, the temporary crowns will be replaced with permanent porcelain crowns or a dental bridge. Once the permanent teeth are placed on top of the implants, it is simply a matter of waiting for everything to heal before you are ready to use your new set of teeth with little restrictions or limitations.
Who’s a Candidate for All-On-8?
To be a candidate for All-On-8, the patient has to have a large number of missing or damaged teeth that you are interested in replacing. Ideally, a full arch of teeth should be missing or the patient needs to be ok with any remaining teeth in the arch being pulled prior to the implants being placed. As previously stated, all patients must have strong bones surrounding the teeth to support the implants, and if the bone is not deemed strong enough a bone graft may be necessary. Finally, it is not recommended that individuals who are diabetic or frequently smoke undergo the procedure, as there is more risk for them.