“All-on-6” is a dental implant procedure used to replace a full arch of missing teeth, typically in the upper or lower jaw. The term “All-on-6” refers to the concept that only six dental implants are used to support a full set of teeth (usually around 12 to 14 teeth) in that arch.
Here’s how the All-on-6 procedure generally works:
Implant Placement: Six dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone. These implants serve as anchors for the replacement teeth.
Temporary Prosthesis: A temporary set of teeth (a denture or bridge) is usually attached to the implants on the same day of the surgery. This allows the patient to have functional teeth while the implants heal.
Healing Period: Over several months, the dental implants integrate with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This provides a strong and stable foundation for the permanent replacement teeth.
Final Prosthesis: Once the implants have fully integrated, a final set of permanent teeth is custom-made and attached to the implants. These replacement teeth are designed to look and function like natural teeth.
The All-on-6 procedure is a popular choice for individuals who have lost most or all of their teeth and are looking for a fixed and long-lasting solution. It can significantly improve a person’s ability to eat, speak, and smile comfortably. However, the specific details and materials used in the procedure can vary based on the patient’s unique needs and the dentist’s recommendations. It’s important to consult with a qualified dental professional to determine if All-on-6 is the right option for your dental restoration needs.