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Tooth loss is a normal part of aging. After all, we put them through a lot of wear and tear every day. However, though it’s common, most people who have lost all of their teeth are embarrassed by their smile, can’t enjoy their favorite foods, and even feel self-conscious about talking in front of others. In fact, 70% of people who are missing all of their teeth don’t even want to smile for photos.
If you have lost all of your teeth and are interested in regaining your smile, you might want to consider All-on-4 dental implants. At A Dental Care, we have many patients who have regained full mouth functionality with this solution.
Here’s what you need to know about All-on-4 dental implants.
All-on-4 dental implants is a full set of dental implants that replace an entire arch (upper or lower) of teeth. This is a permanent, natural-looking tooth replacement solution that many patients choose over traditional dentures.
Each implant consists of a titanium screw that is inserted into your jawbone. The jawbone will osseointegrate, or fuse, around the screw so that the screw becomes like a tooth root, preserving the bone density of your jaw.
In the case of a traditional implant, an attachment, or abutment, will be attached to the screw and then the prosthetic tooth, or crown
, is attached to that. However, in the case of All-on-4, after the abutments are attached to the implant, a permanent denture is affixed to them.
The denture will remain in your mouth permanently. The dentist may remove it with special tools in the office during your annual exam and cleaning.
This procedure is a lot like that of traditional dental implants. Most of the work will be done in the beginning. The actual surgery is a little different.
The first step in the process is to schedule your consultation at your local A Dental Care office. We have four locations in Houston and one in Spring, Texas. We have extended hours, so it’s easy to get an appointment. When you come in, the dental team will conduct a standard dental exam, including x-rays. We welcome you to bring up any questions or concerns you have at that time. We will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan. We will also determine at this time if you need any additional work, such as extractions, bone graft, or sinus lift.
There is no standard for mouth preparation, as it varies based on your personal needs.
The most common procedures we do are periodontal treatment and extractions. If we install implants while you have active periodontitis, you could end up with an infection and ultimately, implant failure.
If you do have active periodontitis, we will perform scaling and root planing. However, extracting the affected teeth can help you avoid this procedure. We will take a dental impression at this time so that your denture will be ready when the implants are placed.
You will be given a few weeks to heal from these procedures.
In most cases, we give patients a local anesthesia. However, if you have dental anxiety, we offer general anesthesia. This is something you’ll want to discuss during your consultation. The two implants in the rear are inserted at a 45 ° angle, while the two in the front are straight. This provides enough stability to support an entire arch.
In some cases, we can fit the denture the same day. However, if your mouth isn’t in great shape, we may send you home with a temporary denture. If you are sent home with a temporary, the permanent denture will be placed in 6 months once the healing process is complete.
Most of our patients report an increase in their confidence following All-on-4 dental implant surgery. There are several advantages of this tooth replacement option, including:
All-on-4 dental implants are perfect for people of all ages who are missing all or most of their teeth. Most patients are 100% satisfied with the results they see. Of course, you will want to discuss this procedure, as well as other options, with the dentist to make sure that you choose the right one for you.
There are also a few risks associated with All-on-4 dental implants. The team at A Dental Care wants to make sure you are fully informed, so we wanted to explain some of the most common ones.
Some patients are not able to tell how hard they are biting down after All-on-4 because the prosthesis covers the gums. This means they bite and chew harder, which wears down the prosthesis quicker and can sometimes result in broken implants.
Some patients may be susceptible to bruxism without realizing it. This is primarily only an issue when you get one arch done. The denture may end up damaged from clenching, which usually happens in your sleep.
Sometimes patients have difficulty getting used to the prosthesis. This is typically only a problem for the first few weeks and eventually resolves on its own. However, some people are bothered by it.
As long as the prosthesis is placed properly, infection will not be an issue. If the prosthesis is not properly placed, food can get under it, which can be difficult to remove. However, at A Dental Care, this should not be a problem because we are experts at implant and prosthesis placement. Still, you need to make sure that you’re practicing proper oral hygiene habits.
Dental implants have a 95% success rate, but still, that leaves a 5% failure rate. The best way to guard against implant failure is to make sure you carefully follow all aftercare instructions, eat soft foods until you are completely healed, and practice good oral hygiene habits.
All-on-4 dental implants are a permanent missing tooth replacement solution. With proper care and maintenance, including annual visits to your dentist, implants can last 20 years or more. The long-term success rate of dental implants after 10 years is over 94%.
The average recovery time for traditional dental implants is 3 to 8 months. However, with All-on-4, most patients recover sooner because the All-on-4 implants fuse to your bone more easily than standard implants, for increased stability.
Following surgery, you can clean your mouth by gently rinsing with warm salt water. After that, you can treat them just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss daily, use an antibacterial mouthwash at least once daily- if not twice, and schedule annual visits to your dentist for an exam and cleaning.
Prior to the procedure, the dentist will give you some tips for oral hygiene that meet your personal health needs.
There are several factors involved in determining the cost of your All-on-4 dental implants, including the material used, how many teeth you need, and your dental coverage. At A Dental Care, we accept a variety of insurance plans, and our office staff will work with your insurance to determine coverage, so you don’t have to.
We offer the standard acrylic/composite or porcelain, and the prices are:
In addition to accepting various insurance plans, at A Dental Care, we offer a few options for financing because we understand that you may not be able to pay for your treatment all at once out of pocket. We offer CareCredit, Alphaeon Credit, Ally, and Sunbit. We can help you through the application process. Most of these financing plans offer low payment plans and low or 0% interest.
If you are missing all or most of your teeth and are considering dental implants as an option, you might want to look at All-on-4. Schedule your consultation today to learn more about All-on-4 as well as the other tooth replacement options we offer. Dental implants are the “gold standard” for tooth replacement but can get expensive when you get a single implant for each tooth. By getting 4 implants and a denture, you save a lot of money and healing time. We look forward to seeing you in your local office. We have four locations in Houston and one in Spring, TX. We are open Monday through Friday 8 AM to 8 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 8 AM to 5 PM.