Restoring Smiles

All-On-4 Smiles

Many people wonder how we can restore the smiles of our patients, even if patients have lost a considerable number of teeth. The answer to this question is all-on-4 dental implants, who can provide patients with replacement teeth for many years to come. To find out more about the all-on-4 dental implants, please read our information below.

How Does All-On-4 Work?

The all-on-four dental implant treatment is based on the use of four dental implants, which are inserted by an experienced oral surgeon in strategic locations. All-on-4 dental implants enable oral surgeons to provide patients with full oral rehabilitation, which makes the treatment suitable for patients who have suffered broken teeth, decayed teeth or even compromised teeth caused by gum disease.

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What Are Dental Implants?

To understand all-on-4 dental implants, we need to look a little closer at dental implants, because the fundamentals of all-on-4 dental implants can be traced back to normal implants.

A normal dental implant can be described as a titanium screw, which is inserted in the jawbone of the patient needing oral rehabilitation. The implant will replace the root of the tooth, so the replacement teeth will be attached to this root by an abutment. Due to the unique nature of the procedure, patients cannot only get implants to replace multiple teeth, but also acquire an implant to replace a single tooth.

Are Implants Permanent?

Dental implants are considered safe and are of a permanent nature. The treatment itself can be traced back for hundreds of years, even though the actual execution of the treatment, and the materials used during the treatment, have evolved considerably over the past few years. A good example of that is the all-on-4 dental implant treatment, which has been derived from the original dental implant treatment, but contrary to normal dental implants, does not require the use of bone grafting to replace missing jawbone.

Of course, the permanent nature of implants does depend on certain factors. Similar to your natural teeth, your implants will be effective as long as you look after them. If you have poor oral hygiene habits, you are still susceptible to infections and implant-related problems such as peri-implantitis. For that reason, it is essential to have good oral hygiene and book a regular appointment with your dental hygienist and dentist to ensure your implants and replacement teeth remain in good condition.

What Are the Medical Criteria for Dental Implants?

For normal implants, patients will need a sufficient amount of jawbone; this is because the implant inserted into the mouth of the patient will need to fuse with the jawbone to provide a strong foundation for the replacement teeth. If insufficient jawbone is present, the patient may need to undergo bone grafting procedures.

That being said, there are dental implant treatments that could eliminate the need for bone grafting procedures; this includes the all-on-four dental implant treatment. Because of the fact oral surgeons can use longer implants, and by tilting the posterior implants by 45 degrees, they can eliminate the need for bone grafting. However, there some unique cases where bone grafting might be necessary.

Is All-On-Four Painful?

The comfort of the patient is the most important thing at our Malo Clinic, so the oral surgeon will make sure the patient is not in pain during the procedure. To ensure this, oral surgeons will use a local or general anaesthetic. Of course, the choice of anaesthetic will heavily depend on the number of teeth that need to be replaced, as well as the preferences of the patient. For example, if a patient is too anxious for local anaesthetic and could pose a danger to himself or herself during the treatment, then dentists or oral surgeons may still choose to use a general anaesthetic during the procedure.

How Long Does a Dental Implant Treatment Take?

When you come to the Malo Clinic for a dental implant treatment, your dental team will be able to provide you with a rough time estimate before the treatment actually starts. Giving a duration for the treatment before the evaluation of a patient is never done, because there are various factors that could play a role in the duration of your treatment.

In some cases, replacement teeth can be fitted to the abutments of the implants on the day of the surgery. However, this is not the case for everyone, because some dental implant treatments require a waiting period of three to four months before the actual replacement teeth can be fitted.

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The time it takes for the replacement teeth to be fitted heavily depends on the type of treatment you are receiving. An all-on-four treatment can usually provide you with your replacement teeth in four appointments spread over four days, while normal dental implant treatments may take a little longer.

What Happens After My Dental Implants Have Been Inserted?

When the oral surgeon has inserted your dental implants, the jawbone will have to fuse with the implants. The fusing process can take several months, so it is important for patients to follow the recommendations provided to them by their dentist or oral surgeon.

For the first few weeks after your dental implant procedure, you will have to avoid eating hard foods that could dislodge the dental implant, or stop it from fusing with the jawbone. To ensure the implants are protected during the healing period, the dentist or oral surgeon will provide you with recommendations where nutrition is concerned, as well as provide you with additional information you need to take into account during your recovery period.

Conclusion

A dental implant treatment can provide a permanent solution for several missing teeth, but also a single missing tooth. To find out if you are eligible for all-on-four, or a dental implant treatment in general, please make an appointment at the Malo Clinic and speak to one of our experienced dentists or oral surgeons to determine your treatment options.

 

 

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