All on four dental implants are considered the smartest, fastest, and most effective way of replacing the complete set of teeth. This procedure includes the placement of 4 dental implants or the artificial tooth roots into the corresponding jaw bone. Two Implants are placed in the anterior region and 2 in the posterior region of the jaw to stabilize and support the prosthesis.
Implants have an incredible ability to restore your smile, aesthetics, and function. In case of being completely edentulous in either upper or lower jaws or even both, all on four procedures would be the hand in glove option to cater to all your needs and preferences by being the most effective option.
Why one should choose all on 4 over traditional dentures:
In the past Traditional complete dentures were the only option available for completely edentulous patients. These dentures are the removable appliances that are used when all the teeth are missing. These are specially designed in a way that it adapts to the gums and bone of the patient and is held in place by the gums, and there are cases where a patient needs to use a denture adhesive to avoid the embarrassment of the denture getting displaced. Implants are the most advanced replacement option that has now become a revolutionary option available. Implants take the support from the underlying jaw bone, and they are fixed to the jaw bone, thereby making it user-friendly.
This option of fixed replacement helps optimize the functional ability of the prosthesis as it works just like the natural dentition.
Dental implants are less time-consuming as implant placement is done in a single visit, unlike traditional dentures where multiple visits are required. The most captivating advantage of implants is that it lasts a lifetime, unlike traditional dentures. With traditional dentures, there may be difficulty in speaking and pronunciation of certain syllables like D, T, M, S, P, etc. It may seem to be difficult due to the bulky dentures placed inside the mouth. With all on 4 it’s just normal. One doesn’t feel the presence of foreign material inside the mouth, making it user-friendly.
The maintenance phase of implants is just like your natural teeth and is easier to maintain, unlike traditional dentures.
What to expect during all on 4 implant procedure
When all the teeth are missing, our prosthodontist at Bay Area implant dentistry will do a series of tests which include x-rays, intra-oral scanners, and assess the bone quality and the supporting structures to confirm if you are a good candidate for all on 4.
After assessing the bone quality, the dentist may advise bone grafting if needed.
Once the treatment planning and pretreatment procedures are done, our dentist will fix up an appointment for implant placement which is a single visit procedure and needs a few hours. Initially, local anesthesia is given to numb the area and incisions made on the preferred implant sites. The dentist then places the Titanium screws into the bone, which will anchor the teeth. Whether it is an upper or lower arch, only 4 implants will be placed in each arch. Healing of the implant is a crucial aspect of the implant’s success. The implants need 3-4 months for the osseointegration to take place, and the implant gets fused to the jaw bone. Once the Integration happens, the abutment is attached to the implant, and artificial teeth are fixed to it.
What you can expect during recovery
Recovering after all on 4 is minimal because most of it happens in the jaw bone. You may expect a mild swelling immediately after placement which may exist for a few days, and you will need to stick to a liquid or soft diet for a week after the procedure due to tenderness in the gums.
Keep yourself hydrated by consuming a lot of fluids which will also help in healing. Our dentist at Center For Implant Dentistry will prescribe suitable analgesics to keep you away from pain in case of bleeding or any discomfort. We at Center For Implant DentistryCenter For Implant Dentistry are always available to give you the right care.
Once the implant placement is done and initial healing happens, you will have to wait for a few months before going on with the second stage procedure, which is abutment placement and restoration. This period is for the implant to fuse with the underlying jawbone; this usually takes 3-4 months. Dentists will check the healing of the implant using x-rays, and once the healing process is complete, an abutment will be fixed to implants, and the artificial teeth are attached, giving you the desired aesthetics.