What Are All-on-Four Dental Implants?
All-on-four dental implants, sometimes called “teeth in a day,” are an alternative to the traditional implant surgery technique.
Conventional implants require a multistage process to replace each missing tooth. Altogether, the procedures can take six to 12 months to complete. With the all-on-four method, however, patients can have a full set of replacement teeth in just one day.
How Do All-on-Four Dental Implants Work?
For patients who need full arch rehabilitation, dentures or bridges may seem like the obvious choice. Traditional implants, with a separate replacement root for each tooth, simply don’t make sense if you need an entire mouthful of teeth. Going that route can be a lengthy (and costly) process.
However, the all-on-four technique can be a preferable alternative, making implants practical for most patients.
With this method, an entire arch of teeth is supported by just four titanium tooth roots. The implant screws are strategically placed, spaced evenly along the jaw. A customized prosthesis is then attached for an immediately beautiful smile.
What Are the Benefits of All-on-Four Dental Implants?
Dental implants are considered the gold standard for replacement teeth, as they look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Dentures and bridges just don’t compare, as they aren’t as comfortable or secure.
All-on-four implants offer these same benefits — and more.
Because only four replacement tooth roots are required for this implant surgery approach, patients are less likely to need bone grafting.
This method is also much quicker, giving patients fully functional teeth in one day.
With the shorter treatment and recovery period of the all-on-four method, patients don’t have to spend months in and out of the oral surgeon’s chair to get new replacement teeth. This saves time and lowers the cost for the procedure.
Are You a Candidate for All-on-Four Implants?
Most patients are good candidates for traditional dental implants. However, not everyone is a candidate for the all-on-four procedure.
If you have significant bone loss in your jaw, you won’t be able to get a new set of replacement teeth in a single day. You’ll need to get a bone graft first, which will lengthen the time of your implant surgery treatment somewhat.
Chronic inflammatory disease or frequent infections, can compromise the success of the all-on-four approach, so if you suffer from one of these conditions, standard implants may be recommended for you.
In addition, to be a candidate for implant surgery, you must be able to commit to good oral hygiene practices and routine professional oral health examinations. Proper dental care is essential to keep your gums healthy and your dental implants stable.
The expert team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, serving the greater Salt Lake City area, specializes in tooth restorations, implant surgery and related oral surgery procedures. Schedule an appointment at our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today to see if all-on-four dental implants are the right choice for you.
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