Lisbon-based Dr. Paulo Malo who invented and pioneered the concept of All-on-4 in dental implant was in Mumbai training dentists and conducting surgeries.
A heavy tobacco chewer for 40 years, Ram Pandit (name changed) was gradually losing his teeth due to a gum infection. His mouth was also compromised, and missing teeth soon led to degeneration of the jaw bone. “However, after the surgery, I feel like smiling and can eat my favourite food once again,” he said.
Lisbon-based Dr. Paulo Malo who invented and pioneered the concept of All-on-4 in dental implant was in Mumbai training dentists and conducting surgeries. Malo conducted the surgery on Pandit at a master class for dentists recently.
The All-on-4 dental implant has changed the dental care dynamics as the entire implant procedure is completed in a day without several sittings which helps in saving time, money and most importantly, is convenient and hassle-free for patients, Malo told The Indian Express.
Malo who founded Malo Clinic in 1995 where he developed this protocol is now recognised worldwide by the dental and medical community for setting a new standard in Fixed Oral Rehabilitation. As part of his India visit, he is meeting several dentists from across the country.
It is observed that the prevalence of missing teeth is very high in the Indian population and varies from 60 to 69 per cent of the age group 25 and above. Studies revealed that 91.2 per cent people over the age of 65 years have missing teeth.
It is also estimated that the 25-crore plus population of the country over the age of 25 years has one or more missing teeth. Of this, approximately 6 crore people have no teeth. Of these, approximately 40-50% are treated with removable dentures as a treatment option, while the majority remain untreated, especially in the rural areas, Malo said.
All-On-4 is not an invention, but rather a treatment technique that has evolved over time and has the following features — four dental implants to support a full fixed bridge , use of angulated implants in the back to overcome bony deficiencies or anatomical structures, and immediate loading (dentures/ prosthesis given on the same day of surgery).
Malo’s technique has helped change the life of many patients who never thought dentures/ prosthesis to be a workable option for them. These patients, who mostly wear removable dentures, are shy to interact socially and also have dietary restrictions.
However, this technique not only reduces the time to teeth by 12-18 months, but also gives patients the privilege to start eating with a functional set of teeth from the first day of surgery.