An all on 4 procedure, commonly known as all on four dental implants is a prosthodontic technique which aims to replace compromised teeth,
Poland or the Republic of Poland is located in Central Europe. It neighbours Germany, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Lithuania.
Poland’s countryside is traditional and unspoiled. Tourists can visit museums, churches, rural centres, castles and traditional Polish workshops. Since Poland joined the European Union there was an influx of international travellers coming into the country and discovering its rich cultural, natural and gastronomic heritage. Travellers can indulge in history, architecture, different types of food and nature.
Poland has a reliable state-funded healthcare system. Generally, doctors in Poland are extremely well trained. Soon after Poland entered the European Union, the private healthcare sector thrived and more private clinics and hospitals were opened.
Poland also has plenty of medical universities and university hospitals: The Medical University of Bialystok, The Medical University of Warsaw, The Medical University of Poznan and many others.
Many tourists visit Poland solely for medical care, with dental care and plastic surgery being the preferred choice. Most patients come from the Scandinavian countries, Germany and Belarus but patients from the United Kingdom and United States are also quite common.
Some of the most important cities in Poland are:
Warsaw – The capital of Poland and a thriving business centre
Gdansk – Formerly known as Danzig
Cracow – The Cultural Capital of Poland
Poznan – It is considered to be the birthplace of the Polish nation
Cracow is the Cultural Capital of Poland. It’s also Poland’s historical capital in the middle ages. The old town of Cracow is filled with monuments, churches and traditional Polish buildings. Cracow is also the home to Europe’s largest medieval market place. Cracow’s old town is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Bialowieza National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site – it’s a huge area of woodland on the border with Belarus.
Malbork Castle is the biggest red brick Gothic castle in Europe. This is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Slowinski National Park is the home to the biggest dunes in Europe. It’s also very close to the Baltic Sea so a trip is well worth it.
The Wieliczka Salt Mine is the oldest enterprise in the world and one of the most beautiful places in Poland. The salt mine has been operational since the 13th century and it has its own Church built entirely out of salt. The salt statues built by the miners themselves are also worth seeing.
● Poland has a temperate climate mostly. Summers are generally quite warm and delightful while winters are rather cold. Polish winters are generally dry and precipitations are a bit rarer than in the summer months.
● Poland’s main airport is Warsaw International Airport (WAW). Tourists can find direct flights to almost any European capital. Intercontinental flights to the US or China are also quite common.
● The official language in Poland is Polish but English, German and French are also popular languages, especially among younger individuals.
● Poland uses the Zloty (PLN) as currency. One Euro is roughly 4.2 PLNs. Tourists are advised not to use the currency exchanges in airports or hotels.
● Poland uses the 230V, 50Hz electrical system fitted with European style plugs but it’s not uncommon to find adapters for British or American style plugs.
An all on 4 procedure, commonly known as all on four dental implants is a prosthodontic technique which aims to replace compromised teeth, decayed teeth or broken teeth from the upper or lower jaw. The all on 4 technique was developed by Paulo Malo and Nobel Biocare in the early 90’s and since then, this total dental rehabilitation procedure has gained a lot of popularity among patients as well as dentists.
All on 4 dental implants advantages include:
● The fixed prosthesis can be placed on the day of surgery
● Usually, no second trip required when the all on 4 system is used
● Lower cost compared to getting 12 or 14 dental implants
● Bone graft surgery is not necessary
● Natural looking teeth
● Minimal recovery time, compared to other procedures
● No dietary restrictions after the all on 4 dental implants and prosthesis are placed
● All on four implants are reliable and can potentially last a lifetime
The all on 4 procedure is recommended for patients with a lot of missing teeth on the maxilla or mandible. The procedure is also a good solution for patients suffering from bone loss which prevents the placement of traditional, vertical implants in the jaw.
The all on 4 dental implants technique is not recommended for the following categories of patients:
● Heavy smokers
● Patients suffering from bruxism
● Pregnant patients
● Patients with a suppressed immune system
● Patients who suffered a heart attack recently
● Patients with extreme jaw bone loss
● Patients who recently had radiation therapy in the jaw area
Patients will first need to have a set of dental X-rays done, in order to check for any potential problems related to bone loss in the area. A CBCT scan may also be used for this purpose. If there are any remaining teeth on the maxilla or mandible, they will have to be removed.
The all on 4 dental implants technique requires local anesthesia. Once the anesthesia kicks in, the dentist will create 4 incisions in the patient’s gum. The bone is then carefully exposed and the dental implants are placed into the jawbone. The implants are usually angled at 30 to 45 degrees in order to avoid any sensitive areas such as the sinus in the upper jaw or the mental nerve in the mandible. After the 4 implants are placed, the incisions are closed with sutures. A provisional or permanent prosthesis can be placed at this point and the recovery period can begin.
3 - 5 days
2 - 3 hours
Patients usually return to work in around 3-5 days after the all on 4 procedure. Patients will also be provided with a guide which needs to be followed for the next 3 months – this is the time it takes for the bone to properly heal. Solid food is forbidden for at least 3-4 weeks and patients will only be allowed to consume liquid foods. After a few weeks patients can consume softer foods. Patients can also experience a lot of swelling and discomfort during the first week of the recovery period.
The following risks and complications are associated with all on 4 dental implants:
● Nerve damage
● Osseointegration failure
● Damage to the sinus
● Loss of jaw bone
Patients can expect the following side effects after an all on 4 dental implants procedure:
● Considerable swelling
● Minimal bleeding
All on 4 reviews set the success rate at 94.8%, 10 years after the procedure has been performed.
After the all on 4 procedure, patients will be able to enjoy natural looking teeth with no dietary restrictions. Patients will need to maintain good oral hygiene practices in order to maintain the longevity of the implants and prosthesis.