Questions about All-on-4
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Restoring your smile after significant tooth loss can be an exciting time. But patients often have questions about their procedure, especially one that involves oral surgery, like implant placement. The all-on-4 implant system is revolutionary and offers excellent results. We’d like you to have a better understanding of this procedure and to help you decide if this treatment is right for you. Below are answers to the most commonly asked questions about the all-on-4 implant system.
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All-on-4 implants are a popular choice among adults with complete tooth loss or for those looking to have their remaining damaged teeth pulled. The dentist places four implants in each dental arch, and then a custom-made single unit of replacement teeth is attached to the implants. Since the replacement teeth are permanent, you’ll never have to worry about removing them, and they remain stable for usual activities like talking and chewing.
You may be a candidate for the all-on-4 implant system if you wear dentures, have complete tooth loss, or have only a few remaining teeth that are damaged. Even if you have been told previously that you were not a candidate for traditional implants, there is a good chance that you will be a candidate for the all-on-4 implant system because the implants are shorter and placed in the frontal jawbone where the bone is denser.
You will not need to do anything out of the ordinary to care for your new teeth. Brush and floss them daily, and commit to seeing the dentist twice a year for checkups. Your replacement teeth can still accumulate bacteria and plaque, so we will clean your teeth and ensure your gums and jawbone remain healthy.
It is true. You can get all new teeth in a day. The process begins by taking impressions and x-rays that are later sent to a lab to make your replacement teeth. We also order your implants and have them ready for your next appointment. If you need a few remaining teeth removed, we do that at the same appointment that we place the implants and replacement teeth.
You may feel some discomfort and gum tenderness for a few weeks, although you should be able to return to your usual activities within a day or two. We recommend taking over-the-counter pain relievers for any discomfort, using ice packs applied to your face to relieve any swelling during the first 24 hours, and eating soft foods at first until you adjust and feel comfortable eating harder-to-chew foods.
Your new implant teeth should last the rest of your life if you maintain good oral health.