All-on-4® vs Dental Restoration

Are you tired of taking out your dentures or getting dental implants? All-on-4® may be the solution you’ve been looking for

What is Dental Restoration?

Restorative dentistry or dental restoration focuses on repairing or replacing teeth that are decayed, damaged or missing.

The most common types of dental restoration include:

  • Fillings: During the procedure, your dentist removes the decayed portion of your tooth and fills the hole with a tooth-coloured composite material.
  • Crowns: Dental crowns are used to repair large cavities or restore broken teeth. A crown fits over your entire tooth, and your dentist must remove some of your natural tooth enamel.
  • Root canal: If a cavity or crack goes deep enough into your tooth that it reaches the pulp, it can cause an infection, and a root canal is needed as a form of dental restoration. During the procedure, your dentist removes the diseased pulp and fills the tooth with a dental material called gutta-percha. In most cases, people who undergo root canal therapy as a form of dental restoration also need a crown to provide additional support.
  • Bridge: A dental bridge can replace a missing tooth or row of missing teeth. A bridge is a form of dental restoration that consists of artificial teeth with crowns on either side. Your dentist will shave down your natural teeth on both sides of the gap and bond the bridge to them.
  • Dental implants: They are one of the most popular forms of dental restoration as they replace missing teeth. An implant is inserted into your jawbone, and a crown is placed on top to replicate a natural tooth.
  • Dentures: If you have multiple missing teeth and don’t want to get dental implants, dentures are an alternative. Full dentures replace an entire arch of missing teeth, and partial dentures replace several missing teeth in different areas. Unlike surgically implanted implants into your jawbone, dentures rest on top of your gums and can be easily removed.
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What is All-on-4®?

Unlike traditional full-arch rehabilitation dental implant methods, All-on-4® only requires four implants inserted into the lower and four implants into the upper jaw to support an entire arch of teeth.

At Next Smile Australia, we follow the two-stage Malo Protocol, a clinically proven* form of All-on-4® dental treatment. During the first stage, you will receive your first set of teeth, a ‘provisional bridge’ that is worn for three to six months. During the second stage, you will receive your final set of teeth.

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Benefits of All-on-4®

Some of the many benefits include:

Avoids bone grafts

Unlike traditional full-mouth dental implant treatment solutions, with only four implants in the upper and/or lower jaw with All-on-4®, you can avoid invasive and potentially painful bone grafts.

A new smile in one day

When you undergo the treatment at one of our Next Smile Australia Super Clinics, our aim is for you to walk out with your new, provisional set of teeth within 24 hours or sooner.

98%* success rate

All-on-4® delivers far superior results than other restorative dentistry methods. Following the only clinically proven Malo Protocol, this treatment boasts a 98%* success rate, which is supported by over 25 years of clinical data.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can All-on-4®  help with a dental injury?

All-on-4® has been designed to help patients with significant tooth loss, including those who have suffered dental injury. A comprehensive assessment of your situation will determine the suitability of the All-on-4® treatment.

How long do All-on-4®  dental implants last?

The implants are designed to be a long-lasting solution. However, the long-term success of your implants depends on many factors, including your oral health habits.

If you have any questions about your All-on-4® dental implants or the oral hygiene routine you should be following, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Next Smile Australia for more information.

How long does the All-on-4®  procedure take?

Following your initial consultation with our experienced dental teams you will be provided with detailed treatment plans for your surgery and rehabilitation. Once you have made a decision on your treatment options you will be provided with a timeline for your treatment.

All-on-4® generally has a 1-3 hour operation time, depending upon the number of jaws you treat and in most cases the temporary teeth are provided on the same day. In some cases we may need to insert the teeth on the second day, within 24 hours of surgery.

How painful are All-on-4®  dental implants?

With all surgery you should expect swelling, bruising and pain. The levels of each may vary in different patients but they will all range in mild to severe.

To best deal with swelling you are presented medication (i.e. Anti-inflammatories) at the operation and post operatively. You will also be recommended to use ice packs over the first 48 hours to help reduce the effects of swelling and to elevate yourself while sleeping in the first 48 hours.

Pain is usually most noticeable in the first 48 hours. Pain relief will be discussed with you as part of your treatment plan and care. It is important to know that you will be numb after the procedure from local anaesthesia given to you during the surgery.

At Next Smile Australia you'll be in the hands of experienced dental surgeons and clinical team that is dedicated to your treatment.

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Attend a free Next Smile Australia information evening at one of our locations or join an online Webinar to learn
more about All-on-4® Dental Implants treatment plans.

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