There are multiple methods for teeth replacement. You have solo implants as well as full mouth dentures. However, there is another option gaining popularity in the market, known as All-on-4. All-on-4 is a treatment method for replacing missing teeth with a combination of implants and bridges. All-on-4 implants consist of four to six dental bridges which are manufactured from materials like acrylic fused with titanium, porcelain, and zirconia which are stacked on top of a cobalt-chromium frame. In the case of six implants, it is generally called All-on-6.
In other words, it is a full-arch denture that is permanently placed in your mouth. In the first stage, temporary dental bridges might be screwed into your jaw bone where they stay for four to six months. After that, a permanent apparatus of bridges are fixed in the bone.
All-on-4 implants have gained a lot of popularity because they work almost like normal teeth. They allow you to eat normally and improve your facial structure.
First of all, you have to get a detailed consultation session with your orthodontist to determine whether or not this is the right option for you. After exploring different strategies and agreeing on one of them, you are good to move forward.
Based on your dental X-rays, the dentist will determine the best locations for the implants to insert them into your jawbone. It is a surgical procedure done under sedation or general anesthesia that takes about two to three hours to complete. The existing damaged teeth or infected tissue will be removed from your gum to place titanium fixtures in the bone.
A temporary denture is placed in the first stage of the treatment so that your bone can heal and grow around the implant naturally before the placement of permanent dentures.
If all or most of your teeth are removed due to any reason, you can be a good candidate for All-on-4. Here are some of the key benefits of All-on-4 implants:
Like any kind of surgery, you have to allow your body to recover from it in the days immediately after the procedure.
Following are some of the things you should keep in mind to recover at your natural pace.
All-on-4 implants are a surgical procedure with very low risk. There is a risk factor with all types of surgery. But overall, it is a safe procedure with a low chance of side effects. Patients report high satisfaction and great confidence in their smile after they have undergone a successful All-on-4 dental implant procedure.
Talk to your Fairfield dentist, Dr. Zhu at Freedom Dental to learn more about all-on-4 dental implants.