Enjoy a New Smile Much Sooner
When you’ve lost most of your teeth, you’ll want to receive your new ones quickly so that you can once again speak and smile freely. Unfortunately, patients who receive traditional implants often must wait quite a while after the surgery to receive new dentures. Our dentists at Dental Innovations know that you’d rather not wait, so feel free to get in touch with us and ask about All-on-4 in Montgomeryville; this procedure could have you smiling again much sooner than you think!
How Do All-On-4 Implants Work?
With the All-on-4 procedure, only four implant posts are used. They are placed at specific angles that let them integrate with the denser areas of the jawbone located near the front of the mouth, giving them enough stability and support to (in many cases) immediately hold temporary dentures. The procedure itself takes multiple steps:
- The four implants are placed into the gum line, and your temporary restoration is placed.
- During the next few months, the mouth heals and the implants fuse with the jawbone. In the meantime, your permanent dentures are being designed by experts in a dental laboratory.
- You’ll receive your permanent new teeth at a separate appointment once your mouth has fully healed.
Am I A Candidate for All-On-4 Implants?
All-on-4 is specifically meant for full arch replacement; thus, you must have lost most or all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw to be considered a candidate. We’ll often suggest this procedure to patients who have already lost some amount of jawbone density due to their missing teeth (such as those who have been wearing traditional dentures for a while). Your mouth should already be free of gum disease and other oral health issues before the surgery, so be sure to ask about any treatments you might need to undergo at the beginning of the process.
What Are the Benefits of All-On-4 Implants?
- No Bone Grafting: Even if your jaw has suffered from bone loss, there can still be areas that are bulky enough to support implants. All-on-4 will take advantages of these spots, so bone grafting often isn’t necessary at all.
- Faster Healing: Supporting dentures with fewer implants means that your mouth will heal quicker than it normally would.
- Improved Appearance: All-on-4 replaces both the visible part of the teeth and the underlying root structure in order to create a dazzling smile.
- Longevity: With simple maintenance and regular appointments at Dental Innovations, you can help your dental implants last for decades.
All-On-4 VS Traditional Dental Implants
Traditional implants will typically leave you without any teeth at all during the initial recovery period; the posts simply can’t support a prosthetic at that point. In contrast, All-on-4 will let you walk away from the first surgery with temporary dentures that will allow you to speak clearly and enjoy a varied diet until you are ready for the permanent version. Furthermore, All-on-4 greatly simplifies the process for patients who would normally need to undergo additional procedures just to give their jaws the depth and strength required to hold implant posts.
All-on-4 is a highly innovative dental implant procedure, so you’ll probably have quite a few questions about how it works, what you can expect, and what you might need to do to prepare. As always, our doctors at Dental Innovations are here to answer any questions or concerns you have about your care, so don’t be afraid to ask anything that is on your mind at any point of the process. Why not take the initiative by learning the answers to some particularly common questions listed below?
Does All-on-4 Look Natural?
One of the concerns most likely to be on your mind before getting dental implants is what your new smile will ultimately look like after everything is said and done. Rest assured that the four implants themselves will be completely hidden from the casual observer’s view. Also, the base of your dentures will blend in with the gum line, and the false teeth themselves will be extremely lifelike and customized to be the ideal size, shape, color, and proportion in relation to the rest of your mouth. When you arrive for your permanent restoration to be placed, we’ll take the time to make any last-minute adjustments so that the end result looks (and feels) as natural as possible.
What is the Success Rate for All-on-4?
The All-on-4 procedure has been around long enough for multiple studies to be performed regarding its reliability. As of now, the success rate is roughly 98.2 percent for replacing the lower arch of teeth and a 97 percent to 98 percent for the upper arch. In other words, there’s very little reason to worry about your treatment. And of course, we’ll do everything we can to make sure the odds of success are as high as possible. That means making absolutely sure that there’s sufficient bone density in the areas where the implants need to be inserted and treating gum disease and other oral issues as soon as possible.
Why Do I Only Receive Temporary Teeth on the Day of the Surgery?
The extra stability that the All-on-4 procedure grants your implants makes it possible to place dentures right away. However, that doesn’t change the fact that it takes time for the mouth to fully heal after the surgery. The temporary teeth that you’ll receive will be made out of lighter materials that don’t place as much stress on the implants or the gums. After a few months, the implants should have successfully integrated with the bone and should be ready to receive permanent dentures at that point.
Should I Have All-on-4 Performed for Both Arches at the Same Time?
It’s not necessarily required to replace both rows of teeth with All-on-4 during the same visit, but it is generally more convenient to do so if you know that you’re going to need two sets of dentures in the near future anyway. We can help you plan your schedule and your budget depending on what your dental health situation and financial needs are.