All on 4 Dental Implants

If you need full mouth dental implants to replace lost teeth, you’ll almost certainly be looking at ways to save money on your treatment. All-on-4 implants offer a more cost-effective solution as they require fewer implants in the jaw than traditional methods.

All-on-4 is a technique for replacing teeth using fewer implants than traditional methods.

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This technique carries the following three traits

As few as four implants per jaw

Whereas a full mouth of implants using traditional methods would require 8-10 implants per jaw, the All-on-4 technique uses just four. Sometimes five or six are needed on the upper jaw due to lower bone density.

Angled rear implants for optimum strength

Rather than being inserted vertically, the rear implants are at a 30-45 degree angle. This means even patients who have suffered bone loss should be eligible for All-on-4 without having to go through the costly and lengthy process of a bone graft.

The ability to be implanted and fitted in a day

This last trait has earned them the nickname ‘teeth in a day’, ‘smile in a day’ or ‘same day teeth’. This is a drastic improvement on traditional implant procedures which can take six months or more to complete with extensive recovery time at each step of the progress.

The Fitting Procedure

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Your first step in the procedure will be a consultation with your dentist. During this consultation they will examine your denture and oral cavity alsa do a CT scan. This scan lets them assess your suitability for implant treatment. They can check your existing jaw bone density to determine precisely where the implants should be inserted.

Your dentist should also discuss alternative treatment options with you before you commit to anything.

If you are a suitable candidate and decide to go ahead, the next step will be dental impressions. These are sent to a lab where your new dental bridge is designed to fit and look just like natural teeth. Some dentists now have mouth scanning technology which lets them map out your existing teeth without taking impressions using putty.

Your dentist may also take some x-rays to help with planning your treatment.

Source: Dentaly.org

Surgery

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If you need to have teeth extracted before your implants are inserted, this can usually be done on the same day if there is no enfection or any gum dissease.

Your oral surgeon will probably offer you a sedative to help you relax during the procedure. Then they will anaesthetise you so you don’t feel any pain. If you would prefer to have a general anesthesia for your All-on-4 treatment, ask your dentist about this at your initial consultation.

After any remaining teeth are extracted your mouth will be thoroughly cleaned to remove any damaged tissue and bacteria.

Once the implants are placed, your mouth is cleaned again and any incisions are stitched up. It’s common for dentists to use dissolvable stitches which disappear after a week or two.

Either the same day or the following day you’ll be fitted with your new teeth. Some dentists create a temporary overdenture at this stage which is then replaced a few months later. This is often made from resin – a lighter but less durable material – which puts less pressure on your implants while they heal.

The Use Of Temporary Mini-Implants For Fixed Temporary Restoration Support At Implant Treatment

At the implant treatment of totally edentulous patients is very important to provide an adequate temporary restoration that doesn’t hinder the healing process. The use of implants with smaller diameter (2.0- 2.5 mm) for fixed temporary restoration support allows the healing process to go freely. Besides, this ensures high esthetic and functional comfort for the patient from the moment of surgical intervention till the final completion of the treatment.

Source: Dentaly.org

Aftercare

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Patients usually experience some bruising, swelling and general discomfort in the days after their surgery. You’ll probably want to take a couple of days off work to recover fully and get used to your new teeth.

Your dentist will advise you on the type of foods you can and cannot eat in the months after your treatment. For the first few months you’ll probably have to stick to very soft foods so you don’t disturb the process of the implants fusing with your bone. You might also be advised to avoid things like smoking and heavy exercise for a while.

These implants are cleaned just like your normal teeth – by brushing once a day. Your dentist will also show you how to floss with special tools. You might want to invest in a water flosser with special attachments designed to clean around implants.

If you look after your new teeth carefully, they should last for ten years or longer.

Source: Dentaly.org

Advantages

All-on-4 dental implants offer many benefits over conventional implants and removable dentures. These include:

  • Shorter treatment and recovery time
  • Implants placed on the same day as extraction
  • Suitable for patients with high jaw bone loss
  • Eliminates bone grafts in the edentulous jaws in majority of cases
  • High succes rates
  • Implants well-placed, good biomechanics, easier to clean, immediat function and aesthetics 
  • Comfortable and stable structure to support crowns and bridges
  • Fixed in place – no need to remove for cleaning
  • Don’t slip or fall out
  • Big saving on the cost of full dental implants using traditional techniques
  • Reduced cost due to less number of implants and avoidance of grafting in the majority of cases.

Limitations

  • Good general health and acceptable oral hygiene.
  • Sufficient bone for 4 implants suitable for enough length.
  • Implants attain sufficient stability for immediate function.

Information and Instructions for the ALL-ON-4® Procedure

What To Do After Surgery?
Here are some guidelines and instructions for you to follow to aid in your healing and recovery:

  • Rest at home and take it easy for the first 72 hours following surgery.
  • If you had general anesthesia or I.V. sedation, you may experience light-headedness, dizziness, and sleepiness following surgery. A responsible adult should stay with you for 12 hours after surgery.
  • Please refrain from pulling on your lips or cheeks to inspect the surgical sites. This action could tear your sutures or delay healing.
  • Take your prescribed medications as directed.

How Much Swelling Is To Be Expected?
Significant swelling may occur after surgery. After the procedure, apply an ice pack on both sides of your face at 15 minute intervals for the remainder of the day. Moist heat such as a warm, wet wash cloth, will aid in reducing swelling after the first 48-72 hours.

Swelling usually reaches its maximum within the first 72 hours post-surgery and then slowly decreases.

Will There Be Bruising?

Bruising sometimes occurs after implant surgery. Bruising often develops a few days post-surgery and may be located either above or below the area that implants were placed. This is normal and typically resolves after the first week.

What Can I Eat After Surgery?

It is extremely important to be on a soft diet for the first 3 months of healing. During this time your implants are integrating, and you’re wearing a temporary prosthesis that is not meant to be used to chew hard or crunchy foods.

What Are Some Examples Of Acceptable Foods To Eat?

Acceptable foods are soft and easy to chew and swallow. These foods may be chopped, ground, mashed or pureed. This diet should be followed for the first 3 months after your surgery.

Fruits/Vegetables:

  • Apple Sauce
  • Cooked fruits or ripe fruits
  • Canned fruits without skin or seeds
  • Well-cooked soft veggies

Meats And Other Protein Sources:

  • Broiled Fish
  • Roasted/Stewed Chicken
  • Soups with small soft pieces of vegetables and meat
  • Tofu

Breads/Pasta/Rice:

  • Soft Loaf Bread
  • Pancakes
  • Muffins
  • Waffles
  • Macaroni/Pasta/Rice Pasta
  • Oat Meal/Cooked Cereal/Cream of Wheat
  • Mashed Potatoes

Other:

  • Pudding/ Jell-O/ Yogurt
  • Ice Cream
  • Protein Shakes
  • Scrambled eggs

How Do I Maintain Personal Hygiene?

An All-On-4® prosthesis sits firmly on your gums. Therefore, you need to maintain a strong hygiene routine such as brushing, flossing and rinsing in order to help clean under your prosthesis.

During the first week, use the provided monoject syringe to gently clean underneath your prosthesis. After two weeks you may begin to use a water pick and floss.

When Can I Return to My Daily Exercise Routine?

Refrain from exercise, heavy lifting and any physical activity for the first week following surgery. Elevation of heart rate and blood pressure may promote bleeding and delay healing. After the first week, and based on the doctor’s discretion, patients may ease back in to physical activity.

PLEASE: Do not smoke for the first week after surgery. Smoking may dry out the tissues and delay healing. Smoking can also cause you to bleed more and for longer periods of time.

NOTE: You can expect to be uncomfortable for the first 3 days after surgery. After the third day, discomfort generally lessens, with progressive improvement thereafter.

REMEMBER: We are concerned about your well-being. If you should experience any difficulty in breathing, bleeding that you feel is excessive, persistent nausea or vomiting, or any pain that is not managed with prescribed medications, please contact us immediately.

There is always a doctor on call to answer your questions or to provide you with emergency care.

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