Life without missing teeth can be hard, but a full set of dentures supported by dental implants will let you enjoy all your favorite meals again while letting you maintain your confidence and your health. With the All-on-4 procedure, we can replace all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw – and in many cases, we can avoid the bone grafting that’s often required for placing traditional implants. Contact us today if you or a loved one has a grin that’s in need of extensive repair.
We will place four dental implant posts in your upper or lower jaw. The posts are typically made of titanium and take the place of natural tooth roots; they can provide stimulation to your jawbone so that it doesn’t degenerate. A full set of dentures will be attached to the implant posts. This means that unlike traditional dentures, they will be firmly anchored in place and won’t slip at embarrassing moments.
What makes the All-on-4 procedure unique is the angle that the implant posts are inserted into the jaw. It will allow them to integrate with the areas of the bone where density is higher; not only does this provide additional stability, but it also makes it less likely that you’ll need a bone graft.
All-on-4 is meant for patients missing an entire arch of teeth; any remaining pearly whites will have to be extracted first. You will also need to have excellent oral health so that the implants don’t fail due to an infection. Gum disease and other oral health issues need to be fully treated first. Also, it’s generally recommended not to smoke during the implant process or recovery. If you do smoke, you may still be eligible for the treatment if you follow our instructions.
While patients who have already suffered from bone loss in the jaw can often get dental implants after bone grafting, it will usually be months after the procedure before your mouth is ready for implant surgery. An All-on-4 procedure can save a lot of time by usually avoiding the need for bone grafting altogether. Also, the additional stability of All-on-4 implants can sometimes let them support temporary dentures while waiting for your permanent ones – meaning even less time spent with an incomplete smile.