All-On-4® Implants – Teeth in a Day
One of the primary goals of our practice is to help patients who suffer from the many functional and aesthetic problems that accompany the loss of teeth. Implant-supported fixed “denture” hybrids offer an advanced way to address missing teeth and to correct some of the most common issues associated with traditional dentures. All-On-4 is a groundbreaking fixed hybrid teeth replacement technique designed to provide strength and stability to a custom dental prosthesis, ultimately helping you achieve results that enable you to eat your favorite foods, speak with greater ease, and show your smile without hesitation or self-consciousness.
All-On-4 implant-supported prosthesis treatments are often very complex, and it’s important to ensure you are being treated by skilled maxillofacial oral surgeons who have the experience and technology necessary to provide the best possible results. At Oral & Facial Surgeons of Arizona, our doctors have been performing implant procedures for many years and are committed to providing the highest level of care along with results that meet – and perhaps even exceed – your expectations.
What Is All-On-4® Teeth In a Day?
All-On-4 is a technique that can help patients replace missing teeth on the upper and/or lower dental arches with secure and stable customized dental prostheses. The All-On-4 procedure utilizes just four dental implants for each arch. Strategically and meticulously placed in areas of the mouth that offer the best level of jawbone density, the four dental implants should ultimately fuse to the bone and continue
providing a durable foundation for the dental appliance for many years to come. This can dramatically reduce the potential for slippage while eliminating the need for messy denture putties and pastes. All-On-4 is also known as the “Teeth In a Day” procedure since it can often provide patients with fully functional dental implants in just one day, without the need for bone grafting and numerous oral surgeries.
What Are the Benefits of All-On-4® Teeth In a Day?
Implant-supported prostheses options like All-On-4 offer a remarkable variety of benefits to patients with failing dentition. If you are embarrassed by a smile that you feel is unsightly, or if you are experiencing severe problems with your teeth and simply want a fresh new start, you may be a candidate for this revolutionary procedure. Some of the major advantages of All-On-4 can include:
- Replacement of missing teeth with results that feel and function more like natural teeth
- The procedure can often be performed in a single day
- Eliminates the need for denture adhesives to prevent slippage along the gums
- Bone grafting is typically not necessary
- Patients are not as limited in terms of the types of food they can eat when compared to standard dentures
- The dental implants are designed to provide lifetime results
- Chewing, speaking, and the overall appearance of the smile can be significantly improved
- Further bone loss in the jaw can be prevented
- Renewed sense of self-confidence due to an improved smile, which can have an effect on one’s overall appearance
- Improved oral function and better retention while eating since the hybrid prosthesis is fixed with implants
- A shorter treatment period – All-On-4 implants can be placed in a single procedure, requiring fewer surgeries when compared to replacing each missing tooth with a dental implant
Please contact us today for a complimentary consultation to learn more about this advanced procedure. When you meet with one of our surgeons for your initial consultation, he will perform a full evaluation of your oral structures and talk with you about your needs and goals. If All-On-4 is an ideal option, a customized treatment plan will be created to provide you with results that yield a precise and comfortable fit while beautifully enhancing your smile.
What Does the All-On-4® Dental Implants Procedure Involve?
Once you have been evaluated and a customized All-On-4 dental implants treatment plan has been developed, the procedure can be scheduled. Our doctor will utilize advanced computer imaging software to create a detailed map of your oral structures, which will help him choose the best area to place the implants. The implants will be inserted into the gums and anchored to the jawbone in an extraordinarily precise way in order to give the prosthesis the strongest base of support possible, and to ensure a comfortable, natural fit. A temporary prosthesis can often be placed on top of the implants at this time, making this truly a “Teeth In a Day” procedure. Over the next several months, the implants should fuse to the jawbone, essentially becoming a permanent part of your mouth. Once this process is complete, the final customized prosthesis can be affixed to the implants and the treatment is complete.
All-On-4 dental implants can be utilized for replacement of full rows of missing teeth on the upper arch, the lower arch, or for both arches to create a full mouth restoration. If patients still have a few teeth left on either arch, our doctor can perform a tooth extraction procedure to prepare the areas for All-On-4 dental implant placement.
In some cases, typically in patients who have low jawbone density, four dental implants may not be quite enough to ensure full and complete support for the prosthesis. The All-On-6 technique may be more ideal in these circumstances. This treatment simply adds two more dental implants for each arch (upper and/or lower) in order to provide an even stronger foundation for the prosthesis.
All-On-4 Dental Implants Recovery
Some degree of soreness and swelling in the areas where the dental implants were placed can be expected for a few days after the All-On-4 treatment. Over-the-counter pain medicine is often all that’s necessary to alleviate discomfort; however, stronger pain medication may be prescribed if necessary. During the recovery period, it is very important to take any antibiotic medication as directed in order to minimize the potential for infection. A small amount of bleeding around the implant sites can be expected; however, this should dissipate over the first 24 hours.
Our oral surgeon will supply you with detailed guidelines that can help you enjoy a smooth and safe recovery process after the All-On-4 procedure.
All-On-4 Cleaning and Care
All-On-4 implant-supported fixed hybrid dentures will require daily cleaning and care routines to ensure they continue to look and function well for many years to come. Fortunately, the fixed hybrid denture prosthesis can be cleaned and cared for in much the same way as you would clean your natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing, along with regular office visits for professional cleanings, are typically all that’s necessary to adequately care for your All-On-4 hybrid dentures.
We do advise patients to take some additional precautions with their All-On-4 hybrid dentures to minimize the risk of damage. It’s important to be careful when biting down on hard or tough foods, and patients should try to refrain from biting their nails or using their mouth to open a bottle or package. For individuals who experience bruxism (teeth clenching/grinding), our doctor may recommend a custom nightguard to protect the teeth from potential wear and tear.
With proper long-term care, All-On-4 implant-supported hybrid dentures can last decades into the future. When consistently adhering to cleaning and care instructions, patients have the best chance of enjoying their All-On-4 results for extensive periods of time. It is also a good idea to make sure you attend all recommended dental check-ups and take steps to maintain your periodontal health. If a new denture prosthesis is ever needed later in life, the implants will likely remain unaffected since they should be permanently fused to the jaw at that time. Therefore, modifications should only be necessary for the denture—additional surgery will typically not be required.
How Much Do All-On-4® Dental Implants Cost?
The final cost of an All-On-4 dental implants procedure is ultimately dependent on each patient’s unique treatment plan. Some of the factors that are taken into account for the overall cost include the total number of implants that will be placed, whether any tooth extractions or other preliminary procedures are necessary, laboratory fees, the cost of the custom prosthesis, and other components. Once we have
created your personalized treatment plan at the initial consultation, we will provide you with an estimate of the total cost of your procedure, including all associated expenses. A member of our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the many convenient payment methods we accept here at Oral & Facial Surgeons of Arizona.
All-On-4 dental implants offer a revolutionary method of replacing missing teeth with results that can genuinely improve your livelihood. If you have questions about this procedure, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our practice today.