All-on-4® provides a complete solution for people who are missing most of their teeth. The most common tooth replacement options are dental implants, dentures and bridges, but these are not always best for those who have lost most of their teeth. Implants can be quite expensive, and replacing an entire dental arch of missing teeth is way too expensive for most people in general.
Dentures are a better-priced alternative, but they come with drawbacks like a lack of stability that some people would rather not deal with. All-on-4® provides a blend of dental implants and dentures to provide a more affordable solution for patients that offers many of the benefits that come with implants like preserved bone tissue.
The step-by-step process of getting All-on-4®
Implant-supported dentures like All-on-4® work similarly to the way traditional implants work. Four implants are inserted into each dental arch, and specialized dentures are attached to the implants. The implants serve as artificial teeth roots, keeping the patient's jawbone properly stimulated.
What makes All-on-4® special is the fact that instead of the patient having to get 16 implants on each dental arch to replace their missing teeth, they only need four, significantly lowering the cost of the treatment. The implants need to fuse with the bone tissues around them via osseointegration before a permanent set of dentures are attached to them.
Here is a step-by-step breakdown of what the process of getting All-on-4® implants looks like:
- Evaluation: The dentist will evaluate the patient to ensure they are good candidates for All-on-4®. The oral professional will go over any health issues the person is dealing with and any medications they are taking. The dentist will also discuss habits like drinking and smoking since they can slow down a person's ability to heal. The dentist will also evaluate the patient's jawbone density to determine if they are eligible for implants. Those who lack the required bone tissue to secure the implants might need to get bone grafts. It can take up to three months to recover from bone grafts
- Implant placement: During the next appointment, the dentist will surgically insert the implants into the best places on the patient's jaw. A local or general anesthetic is used to keep the patient comfortable during the surgery. A temporary set of dentures is attached to the implant
- Attaching customized dentures: After the installation of the implants, the patient will need up to six months for their implants to fuse with the bone tissue surrounding them. Once this is complete, the dentist will remove the temporary dentures and install customized ones
Get a complete solution like All-on-4®
All-on-4® provides a more comfortable and convenient option for missing teeth than traditional dentures. Call or visit our Evans clinic to learn more about how these oral restorations can be used to replace entire dental arches of lost teeth.
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