All On Six or Eight Procedure
The new All-on-6® dental implant technique can replace an entire arch of teeth in less than a day! This technique creates a more satisfying outcome than traditional dentures or removable implant dentures and provides a long-term remedy to the problem of missing teeth.
What Are All-on-6’s?
All-on-6 is a tooth-replacement system that refers to ‘all’ the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw being replaced with a bridge supported by ‘six’ dental implants.
The implants are inserted into the jaw bone, eventually integrating with the bone in a process called osseointegration. Once this has happened, the implant provides strong, sturdy support for your dentist to install either a single crown or multiple teeth in a bridge.
Are All-on-6’s a Suitable Dental Tourism Treatment?
Yes. As perhaps you have learned, the treatment is expensive for people living in North America, Europe or Australasia . Prices abroad can be up to 60% cheaper, reason enough for people to seek options overseas.
The beauty of All-on-6 is that implants and teeth can be fitted in a matter of hours – which is why the procedure is also known as ‘teeth in a day’. Downtime is minimal. All-on-6's are likely to be suitable for patients with bone loss who cannot have traditional implants without undergoing a bone graft procedure.
What Is the Procedure for All-on-6’s?
Your dentist will conduct a thorough examination, taking x-rays and scans to assess the anatomical structures in your mouth and the extent (if any) of bone loss. If you are suitable for the All-on-6 procedure, impressions will be made of your mouth to send to the Laboratory who will manufacture your new teeth.
2. Treatment Day
The procedure can be carried out under intravenous sedation or local anaesthetic. It typically takes around 2 hours per jaw. If you need to have any extractions, these can be done at the same time, and the areas around the extraction sites cleansed thoroughly.
The dental implants will be inserted into the jaw. Four will be placed in the front of the jaw, and two, placed at an angle, at the rear. A temporary arch of teeth will be placed, which is lighter than a permanent restoration, and will allow your mouth time to heal.
3. Permanent Restoration
After a few months, you will return to your dentist to have your permanent teeth affixed.
Do All-on-6's Need Any Special Care?
Although your dental implants will be sturdy when they are first placed, you will need to give them time to "bed-in" and integrate with your bone, which takes a few months. During this period be careful what you eat – avoid hard, chewy stick toffees or crunching ice cubes!
If you've been following a healthy regimen of brushing and flossing daily, your new teeth won’t require additional care. Look after your new teeth properly and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t last for years.