If you are edentulous (missing all teeth on both the top and bottom of your mouth), you may be wondering what your options are for replacing your missing teeth and restoring a beautiful smile that you can be confident in. Continue reading to learn more about how you can benefit from All-On-4 implant treatment.
What are All-On-4 Dental Implants?
All-On-4 dental implants is a treatment option for people who are fully edentulous (a clinical dental term that simply means that the patient is missing all teeth on both the top and bottom arch in their mouth).
Traditionally, the only method of replacing a full mouth of missing teeth was to opt for dentures. While dentures may work fine for some patients, for other patients they can be uncomfortable and hard to adjust to. In most cases, denture adhesive is needed to keep the dentures in place. This can be messy, and some individuals may find it embarrassing to have to reapply the adhesive, especially if they are out in public.
All-On-4 implant dentures are secured by four implants that are placed directly into the patient’s jaw bone. These four implants serve as anchors for the denture; it snaps permanently into place, eliminating the need for adhesive and giving the patient peace of mind, knowing that there is no risk of their dentures moving or becoming uncomfortable.
Benefits of All-On-4 Dental Implants
There are multiple positive aspects to consider when it comes to All-On-4 dental implants. Pros include:
- Implants placed same day as extraction
- Increased confidence for patient
- Full mouth of teeth placed on just four fixed implants
- Denture remains permanently fixed in place
- Ability to customize look of smile
- No need for denture adhesive
- Relatively short healing period (typically 6-8 months)
- More affordable than traditional multiple implant placement
- Little to no dietary or lifestyle restrictions
Drawbacks of All-On-4 Dental Implants
While there are numerous benefits for All-On-4 dental implants, there are some drawbacks that should be considered, as well. These include:
- Some patients may not qualify as candidates for implant placement
- Temporarily impacts speech while you get used to your new teeth
- Can be considerably more expensive than traditional dentures (can be cost-prohibitive)
If you wish to weigh the pros and cons of All-On-4 dental implants, it’s best to see your dentist for a consultation. Your dentist will work with you to determine if you are the right candidate for these implants and develop a treatment plan that works best for you.
All-On-4 Dental Implant Placement Procedure
Your treatment will begin with a thorough and detailed examination. Your dentist will have a 3D image taken of your jaw bone in order to determine if there is enough bone structure to support implant placement. Once you have been approved as a candidate, you will be scheduled for treatment.
The treatment is normally completed under general anesthesia. If there are any teeth present in the mouth, your dentist will extract them and then begin the implant placement procedure.
All on 4 is a unique service that can give you a full set of functional, beautiful teeth within 48 hours. This means that there's no need for you to spend months wearing a temporary denture before you receive your final smile.
For more information about the All-On-4 dental implant treatment, or to make an appointment at our dental clinic in Double Bay, Sydney give us a call at 028319 5557.