All-on-4® Treatment Concept

implant replacement illustrationThe All-on-4® treatment concept is a contemporary restoration that has revolutionized the way surgeons and dentists think of replacing a full set of teeth. Standard dentures are unsecured prostheses with inherent limitations. Most often, dentures are painful, inconvenient, and unstable; making chewing difficult while limiting the foods that you once enjoyed. Modern dentistry can help with an implant-supported denture that delivers a proven, successful solution.

All on 4The All-on-4® treatment concept replaces your missing teeth with a fixed detachable denture (shown above) supported by 4-6 dental implants. With fewer implants needed, the overall treatment time and costs are reduced. Each case is considered based upon the strength of a patient’s jawbone and how much foundation is readily available for dental implant success. The unique over-denture solution ensures greater stability in the bone, reducing the need for bone graft surgery to increase bone volume. The All-on-4® treatment concept stays connected with bar and clip attachment methods or uses a variety of abutment-based attachments (ball, magnets, and resilient stud attachments such as Locators). Our doctors use the most appropriate attachment system created by Nobel Biocare, the leaders in the All-on-4® treatment concept. We work closely with your referring dentist or specialist to ensure the proper placement and function of your new teeth.  After a short healing period, your dentist will place the final bridge. Your quality of life is improved, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods again with confidence.

All-on-4® treatment concept offers you many advantages:

  • A cost-effective solution. Your new replacement teeth require only 4 implants for each jaw. With fewer implants required, the cost is lowered.
  • Reduced need for bone grafting. The special angled placement of two of the implants ensures a secure and stable anchorage for the replaced arch, often making bone grafting unnecessary.
  • Faster treatment and healing time. Your replacement arch can be attached to your implants immediately after insertion.

Scientifically proven and documented by Nobel Biocare, this advanced technology is supported by good clinical outcomes from studies from two decades of favorable results.

All-on-4® Before & After Gallery

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All-on-4® Treatment Concept FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the difference between All-on-4® Implants and dentures?

Dentures are removable, non-fixed oral prostheses, while All-on-4® is a method of placing titanium posts in the jawbone to support a permanent, fixed denture.

They look and feel natural, offering the following advantages over dentures:

  • They are permanent and fixed for a comfortable fit, and no worries about slippage or clicking.
  • All-on-4® dental implants are stable, so you can bite and chew with force and not restrict your diet.
  • Because the implants mimic the roots of your teeth, there is no discomfort from dentures pressing down on your gums.
  • The implants prevent the jawbone from deteriorating.
  • Dentures have to be removed and cleaned at night, then secured with adhesives in the morning.
  • All-on-4® implants, the replacement teeth are a fixed, full arch of teeth that never have to be removed.

How are All-on-4® implants different from traditional implants?

The All-on-4® procedure to replace all the teeth in your upper jaw uses just four titanium implants in the jaw. In contrast, traditional methods use as many as eight implants. To ensure a secure fit, the implants at the back of the mouth are angled to take advantage of the support provided by the jawbone. With All-on-4®, you are less likely to need bone grafts that add months to your recovery time. All-on-4® implants are less expensive than traditional implants because less surgery is required. You also suffer less discomfort.

Am I a candidate for All-on-4® dental implants?

If you are in good health, have a strong jawbone, and do not suffer from gum disease, you may be a candidate for All-on-4® dental implants. Because of recent advancements in dental technology, nearly 95% of patients can have All-on-4® implants. At Kalant, Pink, & Associates, we evaluate each patient individually. 3D imaging lets us assess your dental health and the condition of your jaw to determine whether dental implants are the best choice for you. If you have severe bone deterioration, osteoporosis, or are a heavy smoker, All-on-4® implants may not be suitable for you.

How is the All-on-4® procedure different from the traditional implant procedure?

We achieve the highest level of precision with the All-on-4® procedure using the latest technologies, including computer-guided surgery and 3D imaging for placement. The process takes less time and leaves you with a complete set of permanent teeth, all on the same day.

Will the line between the dentures or bridge and the jawbone show?

Using the most advanced placement and refining techniques, we can attach your fixed denture or fixed bridge to your implants without a visible “line” between your jawbone and the bridge connected to your implants.

Can any dentist perform the All-on-4® procedure?

All-on-4® is one of the latest innovations in dental implant therapy. Not all dentists or oral surgeons are trained in the technique. The procedure requires extensive training and precision placement to take full advantage of the available bone without using grafts. Not all dentists or oral surgeons are willing to perform such a procedure. At Kalant, Pink, & Associates, we are trained in the All-on-4® technique and have performed it for years with stellar results.

Does All-on-4® hurt?

You are sedated and the jawbone numbed during the implant surgery. After the numbness wears off, you may feel some minor discomfort and swelling for a few days. Most patients can return to work and routine activities within 2-3 days of surgery. Some patients discover their speech patterns are slightly different but adjust after just a few days.

What can I eat after surgery?

For the first few days, we recommend a soft diet. After that, you can eat almost anything because your teeth are permanently attached and will not slip or get anything caught under them. You should avoid chewy, hard, or brittle foods for the first 6-10 weeks, giving the gums plenty of time to heal.

How long does it take to get All-on-4® Dental Implants?

Using a fixed denture or bridge instead of waiting weeks for permanent crowns is one of the most significant advantages of All-on-4® implants. Your initial appointment will focus on diagnostics, including 3D imaging and an examination to determine how your implants will be placed. We place all four implants at your second appointment and attach the fixed bridge or denture immediately after. You go from no or very few teeth to a complete set of attractive, functional teeth in one day.

What is the success rate for All-on-4®?

For the lower jaw, studies show a 98% success rate. The upper jaw success rate is 97%.

What does All-on-4® cost?

When putting together a quote for All-on-4® implants, there are many things to consider. This includes the patient’s overall health, whether upper or lower teeth are replaced, and what kind of dental insurance you have. We accept most major credit cards and Care Credit, making it easier for you to plan and pay for your All-on-4® implants.

If the idea of replacing your missing teeth with All-on-4® dental implants sounds like a good idea, call one of our three conveniently located offices- in Naperville 630-851-9100, Joliet 815-741-0302, or Yorkville 630-553-1100 to arrange for a consultation. It can be the first step toward a gorgeous smile and a new lease on life with a renewed enjoyment of eating, speaking, and smiling without pain or embarrassment.


Star Rating  “Had an All on 4/5 implant procedure done from Dr. Kalant. Traveled over an hour away to meet him and go through the initial steps. He made the entire process very easy. Staff was great and kind every time. Surgery couldn’t have gone any better. Highly recommended! Thank you, Dr. Kalant.”

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