All-On-4 dental implants are a full-mouth restoration treatment on which a denture is fixed into the jawbone by four dental implants, replacing an entire arch of teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, All-On-4 dental implants are permanent, representing an excellent option for patients who have lost all or most of their teeth. Upper and lower tooth loss is most common in those who are aging, as teeth and the jawbone tend to deteriorate over time.
How are All-On-4 dental implants different from dentures?
Traditional dentures are removable while All-On-4 dental implants are fixed and permanent. They also provide other benefits for the patient over traditional dentures, such as:
What is the procedure for All-On-4 dental implant surgery?
The procedure takes about 2.5 hours per arch, and it involves three basic steps:
- Removal of any remaining teeth. So that there is room for the full prosthetic teeth to be later placed.
- Placement of four dental implants. These will act as “pillars” to keep the prosthetic teeth secure.
- Insertion of a temporary denture. After the dental implants, a temporary denture is placed. Once your implants are healed, the temporary denture will be replaced with the final complete, custom-fabricated denture.
You can be sure of one thing: You’ll leave our dental clinic with a new set of teeth and a beautiful smile since the first visit.
All-on-4 dental implants aftercare
Bruising, swelling, and general discomfort are usually experienced after the surgery. You’ll have to stick to a soft food diet for the first few months, so the process of the implants fusing with your bone is not interrupted. Also, you’ll likely be advised to avoid smoking and exercising for a while.
When it comes to cleaning All-On-4 dental implants, all you have to do is clean them just as you would normally do. The dentist might recommend using a water flosser and a rubber tip stimulator to remove food debris and prevent infections.
Will my results look natural?
Absolutely. The All-on-4 dental implant technique gives you permanent teeth that look, feel, and function just like real teeth. No one will know you have implants unless you tell them.
Are All-On-4 dental implants removable?
No. A dental implant of this kind is fixed solidly in the bone.