There’s always something to do on the Gold Coast. But if you’ve been living with missing or badly damaged teeth, this region is more than a tourist destination. It’s a place to literally reclaim your smile.
You may have come across the All-on-4® treatment for missing teeth. It promises a whole new smile with just four implants per arch on one jawbone. It can put an end to the dissatisfaction and frustrations, not to mention the long-term health effects which come from living with missing teeth.
Is All-on-4® on the Gold Coast right for you? Should you make this region of South East Queensland your next travel destination? This article explores in further detail the topic of All-on-4® eligibility and how likely you are to have it.
What is All-on-4®?
All-on-4® is an advanced restorative dental procedure that provides you with a new smile in just 24 hours. An entire bridge or “arch” of new teeth is attached with four implants: two at the front and two at the back on one jawbone.
Pioneered by Dr Paulo Malo in 1998, All-on-4® has a 98% success rate and has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients. It’s a procedure with a shorter recovery time than traditional dental implants and also avoids the need for treatments like dental bone grafting.
With our range of Super Clinics around the country, Next Smile Australia works hard to bring you treatment in comfort and safety with innovative techniques and advanced technology.
We use Dr Malo’s own effective two-bridge treatment process: ‘The Malo Protocol’. During stage one of the process, you receive your first set of teeth, a provisional bridge to wear for three to six months. During this time, the implants have a chance to fuse with your jawbone (a process called ‘osseointegration’), and when that’s finished, you’re ready for your final bridge or final set of teeth.
This raises an important question: who is eligible for All-on-4® on the Gold Coast?
Who is Eligible for All-on-4®?
You have multiple missing or badly damaged teeth
All-on-4® is designed to bring a brand new smile to the faces of people who have lost all or most of their teeth. While you don’t necessarily need to have no permanent teeth left to benefit from All-on-4®, this is definitely a restorative procedure. It’s designed for people who would benefit from an entirely new smile, not those who just need minor work done.
You’ve lost all or most of your teeth due to injury, illness, trauma, tooth decay or genetic conditions
Regardless of your background or the cause of your missing teeth, Next Smile Australia is dedicated to providing a full new set you can be proud of. Whether you were born with a condition like hypodontia and you’ve never had a complete set, or you lost most of your teeth in an accident, our job is to work with the circumstances to provide you with an entirely new smile.
You have advanced gum disease
Severe untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss, as well as other problems, such as a weakened jawbone. Traditional dental implants often require dental bone grafting before implant placement, but All-on-4® implants are inserted in such a way that they avoid the need for that style of treatment. A Next Smile Australia dental surgeon is the person best equipped to examine your jawbone and the state of your teeth and assess whether or not your jawbone is strong enough for All-on-4®.
You cannot have your teeth restored the traditional way or see no benefits in doing so
Tooth restoration is a term for the different kinds of procedures available to restore the look and function of your teeth, including dentures, dental implants, fillings, veneers and bridges. All have their pros and cons and tend to be suitable some of the time. But if you’re looking for a long-term solution to missing teeth, All-on-4® on the Gold Coast certainly has its share of unique benefits.
Why You May Not Be Eligible?
All-on-4® is a significant commitment; that’s why we are honest and transparent about All-on-4® eligibility. If it’s not the treatment for you, Next Smile Australia Gold Coast will tell you so. Some signs that you should look into other treatment options include:
You only have one or two missing or badly damaged teeth
While you don’t need to be missing an entire arch of teeth to benefit from All-on-4® on the Gold Coast, the procedure is designed for people who have multiple missing teeth. Traditional dental implants are a better option if all you need is a crown or two replaced.
You have poor oral health
Missing teeth eventually cause a loss in bone density. If you’ve had missing teeth for a long time and have lost a significant amount of bone mass, you may be ineligible for All-on-4® on the Gold Coast. However, Next Smile Australia will take an in-depth look at the state of your jawbone and assess whether it has sufficient mass to support All-on-4® implants.
You have underlying conditions
Medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and autoimmune disorders can slow down the recovery process after implant surgery. If you have such a condition, it’s possible that All-on-4® may not be the treatment option for you. It’s best to book a personal consultation with a member of our team to find out for sure.
You are a smoker
Smoking increases the risk of dental implant failure. It also causes a range of other problems, from delaying healing after tooth extractions to increasing the risk of periodontal disease. If you’re a heavy smoker, you may not be able to get dental implants. If you’re a light to moderate smoker, you may have to give up for at least two to four weeks. Next Smile Australia will look at your medical and dental history, including your history of smoking, to assess your All-on-4® eligibility.
All-on-4® at Next Smile Australia Gold Coast
Since opening in 2019, Next Smile Australia Gold Coast has served over 300 patients. The clinic has provided All-on-4® on the Gold Coast not only to residents of the wider Gold Coast area but to eligible patients that have travelled all the way from Northern New South Wales and Grafton.
Lead All-on-4® dental surgeon Dr Sham Jamal was formerly a partner at the Australia Fair Dental Centre. Following years of a long career in which he witnessed the benefits full arch restoration had for patients, he completed the All-on-4® residency program at Next Smile Lisbon, Portugal, learning the skills from Dr Malo himself. He established Next Smile Australia Gold Coast to bring the benefits of All-on-4® to the Gold Coast, working closely with his team, including experienced practice managers Ashlea and Zoe, who previously worked together in other dental environments for over a decade.
Using state-of-the-art technology and facilities like an in-house dental laboratory and surgical room, the Next Smile Australia Gold Coast team is committed to making your All-on-4® treatment safe, comfortable and convenient.
For more information about All-on-4® on the Gold Coast and to book a personal consultation, contact Next Smile Australia.