Health & Fitness
Age-Defying Dental Procedure In Under Six Hours
Nearly 29 percent of Americans say the first aspect of someone’s face they typically notice is his or her teeth, and 24 percent say this is also the facial feature that they remember the most after meeting someone, according to a perception study conducted by Kelton Research in 2012.
- Nearly three in four (73%) Americans would be more likely to trust someone with a nice smile than someone with a good job, outfit, or car.
- Approximately 57 percent Americans would rather have a nice smile than clear skin
- 87 percent would forego something for a year in order to have a nice smile for the rest of their life; more than one-third of these folks would give up dessert (39%) or vacations (37%)
– Kelton Research (2012)
A new dental procedure promises to dramatically improve a person’s smile faster than ever before.
Created by renowned dentist Dr. Paulo Malo, DMD, the All-on-4 Dental Implant Technique was designed to be a faster, easier and financially smarter alternative to typical dental implants.
Recently introduced in the U.S., the All-on-4 Dental Implant Technique can replace bad teeth in four to six hours.
“The All-on-4 Dental Implant technique is quickly gathering momentum around the country do to its many benefits,” Dr. Steven Moss, DMD, oral and maxillofacial surgeon at MALO SMILES in New Jersey, told New York Smash.
One of the procedure’s benefits is its ability to minimize the signs of aging around the mouth, such as wrinkles, fine lines and sagging.
So, how does it work, how much does it cost and how effective is it? We interviewed Dr. Moss, the leading surgeon who performs the procedure in the U.S. Get the scoop in our Q&A below:
New York Smash: What makes the All-on-4 Dental Implant procedure unique?
Dr. Steven Moss, DMD: There are a few things that make the revolutionary All-on-4 Dental Implant procedure unique compared to traditional methods of replacing all teeth with dental implants. Foremost with the All-on-4, we can almost always place a fixed (non-removable) bridge on the very same day the implants are placed! In the past, we’d need time to allow the implants to “bond” with the jawbone, a process known as “osseointegration”, before we could attach a patient’s bridge. Typically, that would take months. But Dr. Malo’s innovations years ago have made it possible today that implants can be placed tightly enough on the day of surgery so that they won’t move during the healing process. That means patients can walk out of our facility with a full set of non-removable teeth on the very same day they came in for their procedure! Additionally, we (as a profession) use to think we needed 6, 8 or even more implants to support a full set of teeth, and that they needed to be placed more or less straight up and down. We now know that we don’t need more than four (4) strategically placed dental implants to support a full bridge, and that the implants can be angled to be inserted into a patient’s remaining jawbone. So now, even patient’s who’ve experienced bone loss in their jaws are good candidates for the All-on-4.
NYS: Why are people so excited about this treatment?
SM: The All-on-4 is one of the most exciting treatments available today because unlike other implant procedures, almost everyone who is in need of replacing all of their teeth is a candidate! Because most people maintain enough of their own native bone towards the front portion of their jaws, the posterior implants can be angled to reach this area and therefore bone grafting is hardly ever required! In years past, many patients were turned away because they were told they didn’t have enough bone for implants, but again, that’s because their dentist or surgeon thought the implants need to be vertically placed, and often the sinus cavity in the upper jaw or the nerve that supplies sensation to the lip in the lower jaw are in the way. Now, we know we can “angle” those back implants to avoid these structures and safely place the implants into where the bone does exist. This procedures eliminates a lot of potential problems that arise with tradition implants and open’s the door’s for many more candidates.
NYS: How effective is it?
SM: The long term results of All-on-4 rival the success rates of the more traditional implant techniques with approximately 98 percent success over 5 years and 95 percent success over 10 years. The cost has also been reduced considerably over the years as well. This is because bone grafting is almost never required before the dental implants are placed and also because we are using less implants to support a full bridge then we did years ago! Also, “chair time” is considerably reduced as well so patients don’t have to take as much time out of their busy lives as they typically would in order to replace all their teeth with dental implants.
NYS: How does it work?
SM: Computer generated “virtual planning” allows us plan the implant placement on a 3D model of the patient’s jaw right on the computer. That information is captured by what is known as a “guide” made up ahead of the surgery. The guide lets the surgeon place the implants exactly in the same place as planned on the computer. This allows for an “incision free” surgery to take place, so it can be completed in a matter of minutes, not hours, and there are no sutures afterwards and very little, if any, discomfort.
NYS: How much does it cost?
SM: The All-on-4 Dental implant Technique performed using world renowned “MALO CLINIC Protocols” cost approximately $22,000 to 25,000. That fee includes removing any teeth that are left, placing the implants and fixed (non-removable) provisional bridge on the day of surgery, the “final” bridge which gets placed roughly 4-6 months later, and any visits in between. That fee is about half compared to older techniques in which bone grafting is done and then placing 6 or 8 implants in order for the patient to receive a fixed bridge.