Dentures have come a long way since your grandma’s fake teeth! Your natural teeth experience a lot of wear and tear throughout your life. Tooth decay can eventually lead to complete tooth loss, but there is no reason to worry. Whether you have lost one tooth or many, there are more replacement teeth treatment options available now than ever before.
Here at Mountain Springs Dental, our highly trained and compassionate staff members can help you choose the best tooth replacement treatment plan for you! We offer tooth replacement treatments like veneers, implants and bridges.
Some patients feel that their tooth loss is too great, but at Mountain Springs Dental we can offer treatment methods for nearly every situation. One of our favorite options, particularly for patients with extreme tooth decay or total tooth loss, is the All-on-4® treatment concept.
What Is the All-on-4® Treatment Concept?
The All-on-4® treatment concept is more of a method than an invention, as far as the dental community is concerned. This innovative procedure is a permanent, same-day replacement for your missing or decaying teeth. With this method of tooth replacement, you will get a brand new permanent and natural-looking smile.
Fixed implant dentures use anchor points in either the upper or lower part of your mouth to fix all the teeth in that part of your mouth. These titanium anchor points go directly into your jawbone, just like your natural tooth roots do!
Those anchor points are strong enough to provide the basis for every new tooth in your mouth. The “4” part of All-on-4® treatment concept dentures comes from the fact that your full arch of teeth are supported on just 4 strategically placed implants in your jaw.
This treatment option can be a great fit if you are missing all of your teeth, or are just interested in filling in the gaps you have acquired over the years.
How Long Do All-on-4® Treatment Concept Implants Last?
Your All-on-4® treatment concept Implants are designed to be a permanent tooth replacement solution. With proper care, including your usual regular checkups and cleanings, your implants can last more than twenty years.
What Is the Procedure Like for the All-on-4® Treatment Concept?
Unlike a lot of fixed implant denture procedures, the All-on-4® treatment concept is much faster, and can even be completed in a single day in many cases!
With the help of 3D images and impressions, your dentist will plan your surgery. The goal is to place the titanium posts in a way that will optimize the strength of your existing jaw bone. This planning minimizes the need for bone grafts.
Once you come in for your procedure, your dentist will place titanium implants into the jawbone, then attach the natural-looking replacement teeth. If you require any tooth extraction, that will be done during the procedure.
The All-on-4® treatment concept requires minimal cutting and suturing. Your new teeth are solidly attached to the 4 titanium posts, so it is nearly impossible for any of these pearly whites to come loose, fall out, or even slip.
What Can I Expect After an All-on-4® Treatment Concept Procedure?
The first thing you can expect after an All-on-4® treatment concept is having new, long-lasting, beautiful teeth! Even immediately after your procedure, your new teeth are in your mouth for the long run. However, you should wait for the implants to heal before chewing on hard or tough foods. Don’t worry—you’ll be back to your normal life and eating habits soon enough.
The length of your recovery time after getting your All-on-4® treatment concept is primarily dependent on whether or not your case required bone grafting. If your procedure does not require teeth and bone grafting, you could even return to work after a few days. If you have a procedure with teeth and bone grafting, you should plan on healing for up to three weeks.
Traditional implants often take as long as eight months to heal, but you will certainly recover from All-on-4® treatment concept implants much faster. Your dentist will be able to give you the most accurate healing timeline for your specific situation and treatment plan. You can always help the healing process along by closely following the advice given to you by your dentist, and attending all scheduled checkups.
Is the All-on-4® Treatment Concept Procedure Painful?
There is a strong perception that dental surgery is painful. At Mountain Springs Dental, we take every precaution to ensure that your experience is as comfortable as possible.
There are anesthesia options for the procedure itself, and your dentist will tell you the best way to mitigate any pain after the fact. Most patients recover quickly, with only mild discomfort that can be treated with over the counter medications for pain management.
Will My All-on-4® Treatment Concept Dental Implants Be Comfortable?
In a word? Yes. All-on-4® treatment concept implants do not press down on your gums like normal dentures. If you have been using traditional dentures, you will almost certainly find your new teeth far more comfortable than your old solution.
What Are the Advantages of the All-on-4® Treatment Concept?
The All-on-4® treatment concept is a great way to replace missing teeth. This procedure requires less time and a shorter recovery period, and typically costs less money than other fixed implant denture treatment methods. Of course, best of all, after your procedure and recovery period, you will be the proud owner of a beautiful and healthy smile.
What are the Disadvantages of the All-on-4® Treatment Concept?
While the All-on-4® treatment concept is perfect for some patients, it is not the ideal treatment method for everyone. This method relies on the existing bone density in your jaw to work. Your dentist can determine whether or not you are a good candidate for All-on-4® treatment concept dentures.
How Do I Care for My New Teeth After the Procedure?
The best thing about your new All-on-4® treatment concept dentures are that they are much like your original, natural teeth. After your gums have healed from the procedure, you can care for your new teeth the way you would care for your natural teeth.
Like your natural teeth, All-on-4® treatment concept fixed implant dentures can be kept healthy with good oral hygiene. Frequent and thorough brushing and flossing combined with regular dental checkups and cleanings will have your dentures and your natural teeth looking great.
Am I a Good Candidate for the All-on-4® Treatment Concept?
The All-on-4® treatment concept is not the only tooth replacement treatment method on the scene—there are even other fixed implant denture methods. However, this method is one of the fastest ways to restore your teeth while still getting the same benefits of dental implant-supported dentures.
Most methods of dental implants require the titanium rods that make up your artificial tooth root to be inserted straight down into the jaw bone. While this method works for some, it is just not feasible for people with less bone density in their jaws.
The All-on-4® treatment concept method includes careful planning from your dentist and fewer implant posts. This careful planning allows your dentist to identify the best angle to insert the posts in order to take advantage of your existing bone density.
Find Out if Fixed Dental Implants Are Right for You
Get in touch with our Mountain Springs Dental office today to see if fixed dental implants or the All-on-4® treatment concept would work for you! Our compassionate and highly trained staff can help you set your initial consultation.
We are happy to answer any questions you might have, and we are excited to identify the best treatment plan for your unique situation.
At Mountain Springs Dental, our goal is to help you achieve the comfort and confidence that comes with a beautiful, healthy smile!