What You Need to Know About All On 4 Implants
With advancements in dental technology, achieving your dream smile is easier than ever. Whether you have a missing tooth (or teeth), there are many procedures you can undergo to fix your smile. From dentures, bridges, and dental implants – all of these options have their own merit when it comes to choosing them for your tooth replacement method. For patients with multiple teeth loss, this is something that should be addressed in a timely manner. Thankfully, All On 4 Implants is available and is something that expert dentists would recommend for patients with this particular case.
The biggest concern that patients have about dental implants (and especially with All On 4 Implants) is the cost. As of now, the average cost of this procedure starts at $13,000 and can go up to $29,000, depending on the specifics of your case. It is best to learn about how this type of implant procedure is done so you can have a better understanding of the factors that impact its cost.
Multiple Teeth Implant
As the name implies, All On 4 Implants are a type of implant procedure that replaces more than one missing tooth in one procedure. This is a new technology that is available in this field of dentistry to enable dentists to perform as many implants during one procedure. It requires more expertise and will entail a higher cost, but is more convenient for the patient as they will have to go through the procedure only once. The most important thing to note about this type of procedure is that they should be performed on the upper or lower jaw line.
With an All On 4 Implant, the dentist will be using small posts that are shaped like screws. This will be implanted on the site of the missing teeth to serve as the root of your replacement teeth. The posts are placed underneath the bones of the gums to ensure a more stable hold and to guarantee that your replacement teeth will be fixed. Titanium is the most common type of material used for making the implant posts because it is durable, lightweight, and integrates naturally with your bones.
Once the procedure is done, you can expect to use your replacement teeth just like your natural teeth. It will also look and feel like a real teeth should be. The important thing to remember is that you still have to take good care of your dental implants. It means you need to maintain proper oral hygiene such as brushing your teeth daily and flossing. If you do this, the implant can last a lifetime.
Why Replace Teeth?
Given the high cost of All On 4 Implants, it brings up the important question: “Why is there a need to replace your teeth?” Tooth loss is something that should not be taken lightly. Once you have one or two missing teeth, it can affect your overall dental health. Your jaw bones will begin to shift and could deteriorate over time.
At the same time, the loss of your tooth (or teeth) can have an impact on the quality of your day-to-day life. It will affect how you bite and chew your food. It can also impact your confidence when speaking with other people. The bone that supports the missing teeth could also develop atrophy. It is also common for the jaw bone to recede once you’ve lost a tooth.
These are small factors that you might not realize but can have a huge impact on your life. With society’s obsession with having a perfect smile, it does not help your confidence either when you’ve got a missing tooth!
Overview of the Procedure
Every case of dental implant is different. This explains why the actual cost of the procedure can only be determined by your dentist. But to give you an idea, these are the steps you need to go through if you undergo All On 4 Dental Implants:
Step 1: Your dental history and health will be carefully reviewed by your dentist. They will also ask you to undergo imaging scans so they can see the structure of your teeth and jaw bones. This is the part wherein they will determine if you are a good fit for this procedure or not.
Step 2: You will also go through a CT scan so your dentist can see an accurate image of your facial structure.
Step 3: Your dentist will map out a surgical plan based on the information derived from the first two steps above.
Step 4: The surgery will start by extracting the damaged teeth. After the teeth are removed, your bones will be shaped to allow your doctors to place the screw-shaped posts.
Step 5: Once the posts are in place, the replacement teeth are secured onto the surgical site. The teeth are secured to ensure that they attach to the post and surrounding bones.
Step 6: Most patients who undergo All On 4 Implants are able to recover the next day (most are allowed to go back to work the following day). But the total recovery time can be up to 3 months. You can expect some level of discomfort in the next 10 days.
As mentioned above, not everyone can qualify for the All On 4 Implants. You need to meet certain requirements such as the following: 1) good bone structure to support the implant, 2) good overall health, 3) no underlying conditions like diabetes, 4) does not smoke, and 5) no problem with teeth grinding.
If the above applies to you, then you might not be a good candidate for this type of dental implant procedure. Otherwise, the success rate for All On 4 Implants is high. When done correctly, the implants should integrate into the bones and form like a natural tooth.
Risks and Complications
All types of dental implant procedures comes with its own sets of risks. But the best way to mitigate that risk is to find yourself a qualified and trained dental implant surgeon. This is how you can ensure that they have the knowledge, training, and experience to perform the surgery successfully. It is also a good idea to see the dentist’s portfolio so you can determine if they’ve done this procedure with success before.
Other possible risks can stem from the allergic reaction to anesthesia, damaged nerve, infection, and excessive bleeding.
Want to Try the All On 4 Implants?
If this sounds like the dental procedure that you’ve been looking for, don’t hesitate to ask us about All On 4 Implants! We would love to help restore your teeth so you can show off your smile with confidence!