All-on-Four Dental Implants
When you need to replace failing teeth, there are lots of options that you can use from individual tooth replacement to different types of implants to dentures. The goal is to find the best solution for your health and needs. Along with replacing individual teeth, you can find solutions for an entire row of teeth so that you can get the smile you want. All-on-Four implants are a good way to get the smile you want, especially if you have a large number of teeth on one row that need to be replaced.
What are All on 4 Dental Implants?
All on 4 implants are a way to get a full row of teeth on four implants in your gums. For people who need an entire row of teeth, such as in the case of dentures, this is a good way to prevent needing a single implant for every tooth being replaced or getting traditional dentures that may not be as secure. Not only is the process easier for you, but it means that your new teeth are secure. Not only will they not slip, which can occur when dentures are secured with traditional adhesives, but the entire row is secure on only four screws.
The All-on-Four Procedure
The procedure used for all-on-four implants is a surgical procedure. You will be anesthetized in the office for the implantation of the screws. Any remaining teeth that are failing will be removed. Any diseased or infected tissue in your gums and jaw will also be removed.
Once your jaw is prepared, four screws will be inserted into the jaw bone. Typically, they are evenly spaced in the jaw, such as two in front and two toward the back, so the weight of the new teeth is evenly distributed across your jaw for comfort.
After the area is cleaned and sutured, you will be in recovery from the procedure. You will need to take time to heal like you would from any surgical procedure. You’ll be given specific instructions about how to care for your mouth and the incision sites as they heal. This will include dietary restrictions (no hard foods, for example) and how to keep the area clean.
Most of the time, All-on-4 procedures go very well, and clients heal just as expected with no complications. But even during the healing process, there are things you need to do so that you stay healthy. Here are some things to think about after the procedure that will be part of the overall process for your All-on-Four implants. As part of the process, you will have follow-up appointments with your dentist after the procedure to make sure you are healing properly and there are no concerns.
Healing from the Procedure
Your gums will need to heal from the incisions, so there will be some bleeding, especially the day of your procedure. If it seems the bleeding won’t stop, try re-positioning the gauze in your mouth, using ice packs (on the outside of your mouth) and sit upright. You may also need to minimize your physical activity. If the bleeding worsens or simply doesn’t slow, you may need to call the office and see if you need to come back in to be examined.
Pain is normal after your procedure, as well. Use the pain medication your dentist prescribes. Be sure to use it as directed. If the pain is unbearable, even with medication, contact the office for advice.
Swelling and discoloration are also normal after the procedure. Follow the instructions you are given for post-surgery care and watch for any warning signs your dentist gives you in case you need to go back in to be examined.
There is a chance that the implants will fail after surgery. It’s a very small chance, but it does happen on rare occasions. If that happens, the failed implant can be replaced. The area will need to heal after removing the failed implant before a new one can be put in. There is a very high success rate for All-on-Four implants, and if there is a complication, it can be addressed so you can still have the results you want and need.
All-on-Four implants can be a good way to get a full row of teeth without needing individual implants for every tooth being replaced. This solution can create better stability in your mouth, can be an easier procedure, and can ensure that your new teeth are stable when you use them. You can have the smile you’ve always wanted, and All-on-4 implants may be the best way to do it. If you are interested in All-on-Four implants, contact us today for more information and to schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked All on 4 Dental Implant Questions
A. No. Instead, All-on-Four implants make your dentures more secure in your mouth.
A. No. The procedure is broken into stages because of what’s involved. Once your remaining teeth are removed and the implants put in place, your mouth needs time to heal before you use your teeth on the implants. It also gives your dentist a chance to make sure that none of the implants fail and that you heal properly.
A. Yes. It is an in-office procedure and even though there is a chance of complications, most of the time people heal with no problem. Your dentist will go over everything with you before the procedure.
A. All-on-Four uses four implants to help increase stability. By using four implants, your teeth will be secure and feel more like your natural teeth. If fewer implants are used, there is a risk that the teeth will be less stable.