All-on-8 Dental Implants
Many people visit Guatemala for dental solutions based on dental implants. Because they are affordable in Guatemala, many of our dentists have more experience with implant procedures than dentists in the US or Canada.
Like its related procedures, All-on-4, and All-on-6, an All-on-8 is a dental solution for patients who have lost all or almost all of the teeth in one jaw. The procedure involves the use of dental implants attached to the jaw. After several weeks, these implants fuse with the bone of the jaw and a bridge is attached to them. The bridge holds the crowns or replacements that will then function as natural teeth.
An All-on-8 is a long process that involves from 3 to 5 months, so international visitors should prepare for traveling at least twice to Guatemala. It also involves surgery in the first visit, in order to insert the dental implants into the jawbone. Some changes in diet, medication, and lifestyle will be necessary as well both before, during, and after the procedure. Smoking in particular will be discouraged, since it often leads to infections.
During the first visit, after the preliminary tests are run and the procedure is considered viable, the dentist inserts the implants in the patient’s jawbone. After a short period of adjustment, the patient typically returns home and waits for the implants to fuse with the bone, a process that takes a few months. Afterwards, the patient returns to get abutments on top of the implants. In some cases, when the conditions permit, the abutments are placed during the first visit.
After the gums have healed, the dentist sets the bridge with the replacement teeth on top of the abutments and fixes it, effectively giving the patient a new set of teeth to replace the ones he or she lost.
While an All-on-8 provides maximum stability and strength, it requires a high volume and integrity of jawbone. When the jawbone is not sufficient, an All-on-6 or an All-on-4 may be recommended instead.
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