All-on-4® Dental Implants

Losing teeth is unfortunate, no matter what the cause. However, it is an issue that many people will deal with in their adult lives, particularly as they age. All-on-4® dental implants offer a great solution for these people.

The revolutionary technique is relatively new in medical terms, as it was first used in the 1990s. You may wonder how the procedure is different from the traditional implant procedure. Read on to find out how they vary and the benefits of All-on-4 dental implants.

What Are All-on-4 Dental Implants?

All-on-4 is a groundbreaking dental implant technique that replaces the lower or upper teeth with just four implants. They act as a support system for the placement of new teeth. It is an innovative approach to solving the issue of several missing teeth and restructuring the mouth to restore optimal function.

The procedure involved in All-on-4 dental implants entails tilting the posterior implants at a 45° angle toward the back of the mouth. They are then placed into the region of your jaw with higher bone density called the maxilla. The All-on-4 dental implant procedure does not need the same bone density to secure the implant that other dental implant procedures require.

A Brief History of the Technique

Having a full set of teeth held by a few implants is not new. However, placing four posterior implants at 45° as All-on-4 does is revolutionary. Prof. Paulo Malo from Portugal was the man behind this innovation.

Early on, he recognized its potential benefits and cost-effectiveness. After treating his first patient using the All-on-4 technique in 1998, it has become recognized as a superior treatment. It is especially true for patients who require a full-arch teeth replacement.

The professor established the Malo Education Clinic in Portugal, where he trained other restorative dental experts to hone their All-on-4 skills. At the birthplace of the All-on-4 revolutionary technique, Dr. Kwan Lee received training and certification, making Clarity Dental Center a certified All-on-4 provider clinic.

Why All-on-4 Dental Implants?

There are several reasons why All-on-4 dental implants are the best option.

They Are Permanent

Unlike conventional dentures that can slip or slide, All-on-4 implants offer a permanent solution. Since they are firmly anchored in the jaw, they also prevent facial collapse or shrinkage associated with missing teeth.

Fewer Implant Supports

Unlike traditional implant procedures, All-on-4 implants require fewer implant posts, making them less invasive and requiring less downtime. The implants can be well-placed in regions on the jaw with less bone density.


All-on-4 dental implants are less costly than conventional implant treatments and typically require just a single session. It is especially true for patients who are missing several teeth or need a full arch of teeth.

They Are Comfortable

All-on-4 dental implants have a natural feel and look. They are customized to match the color, size, and shape of natural teeth.

For more information on All-on-4 dental implants or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lee, call Clarity Dental Center for Implant and Family Dentistry at our office in Federal Way, Washington at (253) 799-1490.

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