The All-On-6 Dental Implant Procedure
The all-on-6 dental implant procedure is a type of treatment used to replace a full arch of missing teeth (upper or lower or both) with a full arch of artificial teeth supported by six dental implants. It is a more comprehensive and complex treatment compared to traditional single dental implant procedures, which typically involve the placement of one implant per missing tooth.
During the all-on-6 procedure, a dental implant specialist (typically an oral surgeon) will place six dental implants in the jawbone, using specialized surgical techniques. They are placed at specific angles and depths to provide optimal support for the artificial teeth. The implants are then allowed to heal and integrate with the jawbone over a period of several months.
Once the implants have fully integrated with the jawbone, the oral surgeon will attach a full arch of artificial teeth, called a hybrid, to the implants. The hybrid is typically made of zirconia and is custom-made to match the appearance of the patient’s natural teeth. The zirconia hybrid is permanently attached to the implants, providing a stable, long-lasting solution for an entire upper and/or lower arch of missing teeth.
Overall, the all-on-6 procedure is an effective and safe way to replace a full arch of missing teeth and restore function and aesthetics to the mouth. It is typically recommended for patients who are losing their teeth or who have lost most or all of their teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw. This procedure is ideal for those who want a permanent solution that does not require the wear of removable dentures. The all-on-6 dental implant procedure involves the use of 6 dental implants only if the patient has available bone for all six dental implants. In the case of a patient who does not have enough bone for the placement of six dental implants in the upper or lower jaw, this procedure can still be as effective if the oral surgeon uses five or even four dental implants. What really matters is the amount of bone available for the implants and the quality of the bone. If there is limited bone available in the upper or lower jaw, the oral surgeon might only be able to place four or five dental implants. But this plan does not necessarily compromise the treatment. The entire procedure can be as successful with as little as four dental implants, which is the minimum amount of implants required for this procedure to work. The main reason why surgeons like to opt for six implants is to avoid additional surgeries to place additional implants in case one or two implants fails. In this case, there will still be four or five solid implants to anchor the full arch of teeth. Overall, this is a revolutionary procedure that allows a patient to recover the function and the look of their teeth in a safe and comfortable way.