All-on-4

All-on-4 Specialist


The All-on-4® dental implant technique means you can receive a full set of dental implants in 1 day. Call Dr. Christopher Pottorff at Advanced Dental & Implant Care to make an appointment to discuss the All-on-4 technique for dental implants since it can save you time, money, and discomfort. Not everyone is a candidate, so contact the office if you are a resident of Algonquin, IL to discuss your implant options today. We also service surrounding neighborhoods such as Huntley, South Elgin, Elgin, Barrington, West Dundee, Dundee, Lake in the Hills, Carpentersville, Gilberts, Hampshire, Woodstock, Crystal Lake, and Cary.

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All-on-4 Q&A

by Christopher R. Pottorff, DMD

How is an All-on-4 different from typical implants?

The All-on-4 method uses only 4 implants per arch. Traditional implants use anywhere from 6-8 implants, or more, in each arch. The implants of the All-on-4 procedure are placed at an angle. This allows increased contact by using the natural support of your bone. The All-on-4 procedure requires no bone grafting for most patients, which is common in traditional implant procedures.

The All-on-4 technique was developed in the 1990s as a more efficient way to use implants with patients who need full upper and lower teeth restored, or those with dentures who don’t want removable teeth.

What are All-on-4’s benefits?

All-on-4 creates “beautiful teeth in a day” and:

  • Reduces the standard healing time in most cases

  • Requires fewer incisions in the mouth

  • Allows for the immediate fitting of replacement teeth which are fully functional, non removable, and look and feel natural

  • Has lower costs compared to single implants

  • Requires easy maintenance

  • Stabilizes the bone, creating a more youthful appearance while preventing further bone loss

  • Enhances self-confidence

All-on-4 also eliminated the need for bone grafting in most cases because of the way the implant screws are positioned and angled. Two are inserted in the front jaw, where greater bone density is usually present. The other 2 are inserted at a 45-degree angle in the back of the jaw to avoid sinus grafting while providing stability and support. All-on-4 implants can be placed on just the upper or lower arch. Dr. Pottorff evaluates your circumstance before recommending the procedure as not everyone is a candidate for the All-on-4 procedure.

How long does the All-on-4 procedure take?

Most patients check-in early morning and leaving for home by mid to late afternoon. Dr. Pottorff and his staff are committed to making your experience at Advanced Dental & Implant Care a comfortable one, without the stress and worry associated with trips to the dentist. The atmosphere in Dr. Pottorff’s practice is welcoming. However, they know that there’s really “no place like home” and will do their best to serve you and get you out the door on time. Times may vary slightly due to the circumstances of your case.

We service surrounding neighborhoods such as Huntley, South Elgin, Elgin, Barrington, West Dundee, Dundee, Lake in the Hills, Carpentersville, Gilberts, Hampshire, Woodstock, Crystal Lake, and Cary.

All-on-4 Technique

Teeth in a day! Everyone asks me how it is done! The All-On-4 technique was developed in the 1990s as a more efficient way to use implants with patients who need full upper and/or lower teeth restored, or those currently with dentures who do not want removable teeth.

The benefits are endless!

All-On-4 creates “beautiful teeth in a day” and:

  • Reduces the standard healing time in most cases.

  • Fewer incisions in the mouth.

  • All-on-4 allows for the immediate fitting of replacement teeth which are fully functional, non-removable, and look and feel natural.

  • Lower costs compared to single implants.

  • Easy maintenance.

  • Stabilizes the bone creating a more youthful appearance while preventing further bone loss.

  • Enhances self-confidence


The All-On-4 procedure eliminated the need for bone grafting in most cases because of the way the implants are positioned and angled. Two are inserted in the front jaw, where greater bone density is usually present. The other two are inserted at angles in the back of the jaw to avoid the sinuses or grafting while providing stability and support. But we are finding 5 and 6 implants or more can and will be used if possible or necessary! Not everyone is a candidate for just four implants, so schedule your complimentary consultation today.

A beautiful, confident smile can now be yours with All-On-4!

THE TRUTH!

Now that this procedure is the standard of care the truth is out. Teeth in a day really mean that the surgical procedure is done in one day if you are a candidate and can proceed with only four implants. But you must wear a temporary set of teeth or interim teeth for four months before your final teeth are made while the dental implants grow or integrate to the jaw bone. These interim teeth are not removable but are restricted to soft foods only. Often referred to as "show teeth". Meaning they are for looks and not for eating with. But you will never be without teeth. And you will always have a backup set or second set of teeth.

Also, the approach of blanketly marketing four implants to the public has shown that not everyone is a candidate for four implants. Different situations call for more implants. ie. insufficient bone, grinding your teeth, having a very powerful bite, or you may still have your natural teeth opposing the implants which could be creating too much force for just four implants.

Under engineering, your final set of teeth can cause the implants to fail by not using the correct number of implants. While this is an extremely predictable procedure that should last a lifetime failures do occur. Failure due to too few implants with this procedure is seen commonly in males that need implants in their upper jaw and still have their bottom teeth. This is quite an investment in yourself to have it fail or have complications because too few implants were used.

With Dr. Pottorff's in office 3D CT scanner and virtual imaging software, he can show exactly and predictably what you need. 21 years as an Associate Fellow with the AAID and hundreds of these cases makes him an expert with the experience to make your case a success story!

Congratulations!

Look at that beautiful smile! Now that you have completed your treatment, proper monitoring and maintenance is essential to the health and longevity of your implants and appliance(s).

A regular hygiene schedule is essential for maintaining your dental implants/appliance(s). It is necessary to have 3 cleanings per year, one of which will involve the removal of your new teeth. It is also necessary to take x-rays once per year to monitor if there are any changes in the health of the bone surrounding bone. Two ways an implant can lose attachment to the bone and fail once it has successfully fused include, poor oral hygiene and excessive biting forces from grinding. Peri-implantitis is a destructive bacterial infection that is a result of poor oral hygiene and a lack of routine cleanings. Brushing and use of your waterpik on a daily basis, along with regular professional cleanings can prevent this. It is necessary to have a sufficient number of Implants to handle the forces created from a heavy bite. Excessive biting forces can also come from clenching or grinding your teeth. In that occurrence, a night guard will be recommended to protect your implants if you have a history of clenching or grinding.

Dr. Pottorff is an expert Implantologist with twenty years experience in all implant types, and designs. He will teach you how to properly care for your implants to help ensure they are long serving. The use of a Water pik, Super floss, and an Oral Rinse are only some of the techniques Dr. Pottorff will teach you. He will monitor the health of your Implants with the utmost care and provide you proper home care instructions to last a lifetime.

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A Beautiful Practice For All Your Dental Needs

“We believe providing our patients with a better experience is the best way to ensure they have healthy, attractive smiles that last a lifetime. We go above and beyond to make sure our patients are comfortable, even at the most basic level. We understand going to the dentist can be an uncomfortable experience but with our office, it doesn’t have to be. So when you visit us you will see what sets our office apart from other dentists and implant specialists. From routine dental care to perfect natural looking implants and cosmetic dentistry, we promise you will be impressed. Schedule your visit today!”