The All-on-4 dental procedure is the best option for patients with several missing or compromised teeth that are looking for a total reconstruction of their smile. It consists of a permanent dental device that can be fastened to dental implants. This procedure is suitable even for patients who do not have enough mass in their jawbone. The All-on-4 treatment uses 4 dental implants fixed in planned locations in the jawbone that support the entire dental prosthesis.
What Are the Advantages of the All-On-4 Treatment?
A typical dental implant restoration uses a single implant as a base for each tooth. In contrast, the All-on-4 dental implant procedure uses only a few dental implants to support an entire set of teeth. Another advantage of the All-on-4 procedure is that the whole process can be finalized in a single day. It delivers an instant full-mouth restoration, and the patient can have a beautiful and functional smile on the same day.
Who Is Eligible for All-on-4 Treatment?
During your examination, the dentist will perform a detailed analysis of your teeth and gums to decide if this treatment is fit for you. The ideal All-on-4 treatment patient should:
- Have excellent overall oral health with a robust immune system
- Have an entire arch or most of the teeth missing in the upper or lower jaw
- Have healthy gums and adequate jawbone strength
- Not smoke or use other tobacco products.
What Does the All-on-4 Procedure Include?
Patients who have been wearing traditional dentures for years are ideal candidates for this procedure as it provides them with a more permanent solution. The All-on-4 treatment is particularly attractive to patients who don’t like to visit dental clinics as this procedure can be completed in a single day.
The All-on-4 treatment requires some prior planning and extraction of bad or damaged teeth, if necessary. However, these procedures can also be performed on the same day as the placement of the implants and the prosthetic teeth.
On the day of the implant procedure, the dentist will use local anesthesia to numb your gums and ensure your comfort. Small incisions will be made in the gums to create space for the implants and the titanium posts will be inserted into the jawbone. Our specialists use advanced technology to guide the accurate placement of the implants. The incision areas are sutured after the implants are placed, and the dental restorations (crowns or bridges) are attached over them.
To learn more about All-on-4 dental implants, call Vita Dental at (713) 766-1208 or schedule an online appointment and we’ll be happy to help.