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All-on-4 Dental Implants: What to Expect

All-on-4 Dental Implants: What to Expect

Losing your teeth doesn’t just impact the way you eat. It also has a direct impact on your oral health, self-confidence, and quality of life. Dentures can certainly help, but they can have their own set of problems, such as discomfort and embarrassing slippage.

Individual dental implants have provided a welcome alternative to bridges and partial dentures. But, what about people who are missing all of their upper or lower teeth? That’s where All-on-4® dental implants can help.

Led by Peter K. Lee, DDS, the team at Today’s Dentistry uses state-of-the-art All-on-4 technology to help patients who are missing large numbers of teeth get a full set of upper teeth, lower teeth, or both with just a few implants. In this blog, Dr. Lee explains what All-on-4 implants are and how they may be able to help you.

How dental implants work

An implant to replace one tooth basically consists of a titanium post that is anchored into the jaw, which is then topped with an artificial tooth. While individual implants are a good option if you’re missing one or a few teeth, it’s not a good option if you’re missing many teeth. That’s where All-on-4 implants come in.

With All-on-4 implants, Dr. Lee implants four individual posts into the jaw being treated. These posts then serve as anchors for an entire set of artificial teeth. All-on-4s have the same purpose as traditional full dentures — to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. But implants offer distinct advantages over traditional slip-on dentures:

All-on-4 implants don’t require special cleansers or soaking routines. Instead, they can be cared for with regular brushing and routine dental checkups.

Because All-on-4 implants use just four posts, they’re also less costly than replacing each tooth with individual implants. And they’re a great option for people whose jaw tissue isn’t strong enough to support multiple individual implants.

The All-on-4 process

One of the biggest benefits of All-on-4 implants is that the entire implantation process can be completed in just one visit — including extractions of any remaining teeth. That means you don’t have to live without teeth while you wait for dentures to be made. Instead, you’ll have a full set of functioning implants when you leave our office.

One arch takes about 2½ hours, and you can have one or both arches treated in the same visit. The All-on-4 procedure is performed using anesthesia, so you’ll be comfortable throughout the process.

Prior to placing the implants, Dr. Lee reviews your dental records and your overall oral health. He uses CT scans to evaluate your jaw structure, your sinuses, and your nerves. These digital images are then used to create a computer rendering of your implants, so Dr. Lee can optimize their placement for optimal function, security, and comfort.

All-on-4 dental implants use the most durable and natural materials, so your new teeth will look, feel, and perform just like natural ones. To learn more about this revolutionary treatment, book an appointment over the phone with Today’s Dentistry today.

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