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All on 4 Clinic - Ballarat

Smile Studio Ballarat is now a regional consulting centre for All on 4 clinics

'All On 4' and 'All On 4 Plus' are treatments that refer to the replacement of a full set of teeth or a denture on ONLY FOUR (or occasionally more) dental implants.

Traditionally, dentist and dental specialists liked to place 6, 8 or even more dental implants in each jaw before restoring them with a full set of teeth. Over the years, an enormous amount of research has been carried out exploring how many implants should be placed, without any one correct answer. What we do now know is that 4 implants work exceptionally well and the short and long term success rates are no better when more implants are placed.

People with severely deteriorated teeth, teeth that cannot be predictably repaired and saved, or jaws that have suffered significant bone loss as a result of Gum (Periodontal) Disease are all potential candidates for this treatment.

These treatments help overcome the problems patients often have with not enough bone, especially in the back of the jaws. The bone 'fades away' following tooth extraction or as a result of gum disease. Since less implants are used, the need for bone grafting can often be overcome. Placing additional implants or preparing the jaw for additional implants as in 'All On 4 Plus' aims at building in a contingency plan for younger patients or patients who may be at higher risk.

Many patients who attend our clinic have been told elsewhere that they were not suitable for dental implant treatment or they don't have enough bone for implants. In many of these cases, we can offer treatments similar to 'All on 4' and overcome the issues other practices cannot deal with.

Typically our 'All On 4' and 'All On 4 Plus' treatments are completed within 1-2 days, once the treatment has commenced. The traditional healing period for implants of 3 - 6 months can be overcome by fixing the implants together by the teeth and having our patients adhere to a liquid / soft diet during the healing period.

The teeth that are first placed on the implants are made with high impact acrylic and reinforced with a milled titanium frame. These teeth are the final and permanent teeth and can last for a very long time in the mouth. Following successful implant integration we have a range of upgrade offers for our patients to choose from with significant discounts for those patients who choose to pay up front.

Our all on 4 surgeon Dr Hillel New was amongst the first group of Australian dentists formally trained to perform "All On 4" treatments at the Branemark Centre in Perth, Western Australia back in 2004.