All-on-6 Dental Implants

Dentists in Guatemala are part of a revolution in dental treatment: tooth replacement based on dental implants. These are state-of-the-art treatments, but are often so expensive that patients from the USA or Canada cannot afford them. Many come to Guatemala where they are a fraction of the cost.

An All-on-6 solution is a procedure used to replace teeth missing from the jaw of a patient who has suffered heavy tooth loss. It consists of implanting six dental implants that will serve as a base for a bridge with dental crowns. To the average patient, the procedure looks like getting a whole new set of teeth that appear just like natural teeth. For most patients, this procedure will last a lifetime.

The treatment involves dental surgery and at least two visits to the dentist. In the first visit, the dental implants are implanted into the bone of the jaw. The patient then typically goes home and waits for the implants to fuse with the bone. It’s this fusion between bone and implants that gives the procedure the strength and stability of natural teeth. The fusion usually takes place in 3 to 5 months.

After waiting, the patient returns to Guatemala for a second visit, during which the dentist verifies that the fusion has taken place. At this stage, the specialist will place abutments on top of the implants. (Sometimes the abutments are placed during the first visit, depending on the feasibility of the patient.) After the gums have healed from the placement of the abutments, the dentist then places the base with the restorations (teeth) on top of them and fixes them in place.

Note that an All-on-6 is a dental solution very similar to All-on-4. The difference is that it requires the use of six implants instead of four. All-on-6 provides more stability to the teeth. All on 6 is used in cases of more severe tooth loss, but they require more jawbone volume and strength than an All-on-4.

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