Permanent tooth loss is not just about aesthetics; the area between teeth can easily become a deposit for food residue which could in turn lead to infections, and other health issues. Fortunately, if you have suffered from tooth loss, there are dozens of methods out there that can help you, but none is as easier, fast and reliable as an All-on-4 Dental Implant.
If you don´t know already, All-on-4 is an advanced dental surgery that affixes implants to your bones to provide a strong support for a fully customizable bridge and denture, acting as a permanent replacement for any dental loss. Think of an All-on-4 as getting your permanent teeth all over again (without as much discomfort).
What makes it a better option than replaceable dentures?
Usually a denture uses the gum tissue for support; this causes bone loss and wear that will eventually loosen the denture, making it uncomfortable for the user. Typically to prevent such an outcome, denture wearers need a diet of softened foods to compensate and prevent deterioration. The All-on-4 treatment on the other hand is pretty much indistinguishable from real teeth, you do not have to change your diet, nor do you have to worry about losing your denture in the middle of a meal. Think of it like this, regular dentures are like a house built on top of a marshmallow, it might be functional but the lack of support will eventually cause accidents, the All-on-4 is a house built on top of solid rock, stable, strong, and long-lasting.
What are some of the benefits?
Well, as I said before, you don´t have to worry about your eating habits, nor about special care aside from your regular brushing and flossing. Also, All-on-4s rarely need bone grafting, so that´s one less thing to worry about, and to top it off, the procedure takes a single day, that means that by the end of the surgery you’ll have a new pearly-white smile.
What are the risks?
Of course, the all-on-4 implants are not without risk. The most common issue is excess bone loss, followed by the loss of an implant or the fracture of a denture. The good news is that this happens to** less than 2%** of the population, and with proper care, and good dental routine you can avoid complications or in the worst case scenario, detect them early so your dentist can make the necessary adjustments.
What is the procedure like?
On your first appointment the dentist will go over the technical details, and will make a diagnosis to see if the All-on-4 is the best option for you. On the day of the procedure the surgeon will place titanium implants in your jaw bones, which will naturally heal, securing the implants firmly in place. Afterwards abutments are attached and a temporary denture is placed while you final denture is prepared. Since there is rarely a need for grafts of sinus augmentation, All-on-4s tend to be quicker and cost less than traditional procedures.
The aftercare is even simpler, just follow your normal hygiene routine and you should be fine, just to make sure that everything is ok, schedule regular appointments with your dentist until you are both sure that the implants have healed adequately.