How the All-on-4® Treatment Concept, a surgical implant procedure invented by a Portuguese dentist, could change your life
Take a full arch of teeth, graft them to the upper or lower jaw at four anchor points, and you’ve got the All-on-4®Treatment Concept.
Developed in the 1990s by famed dentist, inventor, and businessman Paulo Maló, in collaboration with a Swiss prosthetics company called Nobel Biocare, the All-on-4® Treatment Concept quickly came to be recognized as one of the biggest breakthroughs in modern dentistry. Because the arches are replaced all at once – anchored to the jaw using four titanium screws – the procedure is faster, less invasive and less expensive than the alternative of replacing each and every tooth with its own dental implant.
Since developing All-on-4® Treatment Concept, Maló, born in Angola to Portuguese colonists, has become synonymous with innovations in the world of dentistry. His inventions have focused on dental bridges and implants, and he has co-authored numerous books and scientific papers. Today he is president of the Maló Clinic in Lisbon, an internationally recognized brand and travels the world to lecture on clinical topics.
Besides convenience, All-on-4® Treatment Concept offers excellent stability and flexibility, meaning you’ll be able to chomp down on that corn on the cob almost immediately.
Also known as All-on-4® or AO4 – or, sometimes, Teeth-in-an-Hour – the technique offers patients a night-and-day difference in their smile and self-esteem. Equally important, it promises improved overall health.
That’s because, as any doctor will tell you, good nutrition starts with proper chewing.
After years of clinical trials and regular use of All-on-4® Treatment Concept, its merits and safety are well understood. Still, not every oral surgeon offers the procedure, and even fewer are recognized experts at it. In the South Jordan and Riverton, Utah area, patients are advised to visit a qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, such as myself at Utah Facial & Oral Surgery, for the most skilled possible placement of those much-needed new teeth.
In the case of All-on-4® Treatment Concept, Maló’s work continues to gain in popularity – largely because it spells an end to the myriad appointments and procedures and the long, drawn-out healing process associated with prior techniques. With All-on-4® Treatment Concept, preparation usually involves a consultation and a 3D scan of the jaws – and that’s about it. The entire surgical procedure can be completed in a single visit.