Losing your natural teeth is bad enough, but waiting for weeks to replace them can be unbearable. Going toothless, even for just a few weeks, affects your self-esteem and your well-being. You may be able to wear an ill-fitting temporary appliance in the interim, but often those devices are so uncomfortable that some patients prefer to go without anything at all.
All-on-4 dental implants offer a better solution to edentulous patients who want to restore a normal appearance as quickly as possible. Actually, patients who opt for this treatment will get a new smile in just a few hours with the oral surgeon.
All-on-4 involves a quartet of dental implants that are inserted toward the front of the patient’s jawbone. The two outer implants are often angled beneath the gumline so that they are still an option for patients with posterior jawbone atrophy.
The All-on-4 surgery takes just a few hours in the oral surgeon’s office, and the prosthetic arch can be loaded atop the implants as soon as they are placed. Patients leave the visit with a brand new smile.
With All-on-4 implants, your oral surgeon also has access to three-dimensional modeling software that helps to make the planning process more efficient and effective. It also allows the surgeon to operate in a minimally invasive fashion, speeding up the healing timeline, too.
In addition to the quick turnaround time, the All-on-4 approach gives patients all of the benefits typically associated with dental implants. All-on-4 implants are more stable and durable than conventional dentures, which need to be refitted periodically as the jawbone wears away. The implants eliminate the need for dental adhesives and feel more like natural teeth. Because the prosthetic arches stay in place, it’s also easier to chew with them.
All-on-4 dental implants are a good solution for patients who need to replace an entire arch of missing teeth.
Contact Dallas Oral Surgery Associates to learn more about the procedure and what type of outcomes you can expect.