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As the number of older adults increases, more people are facing a reduced quality of life because of tooth loss. Edentulism is common among the elderly, and one survey estimates that 37 million Americans will need dentures by 2020. With this increasing demand comes an increasing need to offer a better solution.

An article in the Journal of Oral Implantology reports on an alternative treatment to dentures. The “All-on-Four” therapy uses four implants to support a fixed prosthesis, and the patient’s new teeth can be put in place the day of surgery.  Dental clinicians see the need to offer replacements for natural teeth that allow greater satisfaction and improved quality of life for their patients.

The All-on-Four treatment maximizes the use of available bone and allows immediate functionality. Four implants are placed two near the front and two near the back of the dental area. These support a fixed, full-arch prosthesis that is put in place the same day as the surgery. The success of this therapy is judged not only by its comfort and usability for the patient, but also by its longevity.

The authors evaluated the survival of the All-in-Four treatment for a 29-month period.  The All-on-Four implant designs have reported high survival rates between 92 percent and 100 percent.

In this study, 165 patients, with a mean age of 59 years, received 708 implants. Overall, the survival rate was 99.6 percent, with only three implants failing.

Source: Allen Press Publishing Services

Visit with Dr. Anne A. Nicholas to learn more about the All-in-Four treatment program.  She will help you determine if this program is right for you.  The Palm Desert Center for Advanced Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is located at 73929 Larrea Street, Suite 2, Palm Desert, California.