Are you thinking about All-on-4 dental implants to restore your smile after tooth loss? If so, you’re not alone. This treatment is becoming an increasingly popular option among patients and for good reason. This structurally complete alternative to dentures offers a number of advantages.
All-on-4 does involve an outpatient surgical procedure, so the first step in this treatment process is to consult with an oral surgeon. To help you prepare for that appointment or just get a better idea of what this treatment involves, here is a brief guide to All-on-4.
All-on-4: The Treatment Process
The foundation of All-on-4 is the four dental implants that are inserted into the patient’s jaw in order to secure a denture. Dental implants are innovative because they replicate the roots of biological teeth. The surrounding bone tissue in the jaw is able to fuse with the titanium surface of the implants.
Because such a small number of dental implants is needed in this treatment, the procedure can be completed in a single appointment that lasts just a few hours. Some patients can even be fitted with an appliance immediately after the implants are placed, restoring the smile in a single day.
The Many Benefits of All-on-4
The presence of the four dental implants used in All-on-4 sets this treatment apart from conventional dentures in many ways. Patients who opt for All-on-4 gain the following benefits, among many others.
- Durability: Because All-on-4 is structurally complete, the jawbone’s integrity is preserved, meaning that the appliance retains its fit over time. With proper care, All-on-4 dental implants can last for decades.
- Security: The bond between the bone tissue in the jaw and the dental implant eliminates the possibility of an untimely slipup with your denture.
- Convenience: You care for All-on-4 with many of the same tools and techniques used with your biological smile. You also can eat a wider variety of foods.
- Comfort: All-on-4 replicates the root structure of your biological smile, so it feels more natural than conventional dentures.
Don’t delay in calling our team at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates to schedule an evaluation to determine if All-on-4 might be the best fit for you. We will answer any questions that you may have and give you more detailed information about what to expect from the treatment process.