All-on-4 is a unique implant procedure if you are looking for a solution for a fixed restoration of your teeth. This procedure combines two prior options into one. Using four dental implants for support they are combined with a tradition denture. These four implants can support an entire arch, either the upper or lower jaw full of teeth. The All-on-4 option offers a great alternative if you have dentures but are tired and annoyed with the constant upkeep of taking dentures in and out every day.
These full arch implant dentures provided specifically by DC Dental Spa will be a very pleasant surprise in complimenting your extended quality of life and the restoration of your smile. Call 202-333-9282 for an evaluation and consultation.
If you have been denied dental implant procedures in the past due to jawbone loss you now may be able to have your smile restored with this All-on-4 technique. The solution goes beyond bone loss problems. It also now includes all patients who have found that crown and bridgework are no longer a feasible option for treatment. They too can look to the All-on-4 treatment to have a healthy and permanent smile.
How All On 4 Works
Prior to the innovative development of All-on-4 implants, patients who wanted a dental implant underwent almost a year of treatment. The dentist would first extract the teeth, allow for six months of healing and wearing a temporary denture, bone grafting if necessary and more healing, placing the titanium implants, another two to three months of healing time with more denture wearing and then finally placing the false crown on the fused implant post. Now, with the advent of the All-on-4 procedure, the entire process, from extraction to implant placement to fixed teeth, can take place in just one day.
In the past, if a patient wanted to replace a removable denture with a full arch of fixed artificial teeth, six to ten implants were necessary to properly support all the teeth and offer enough strength. Now this can be done with only four implants by simply using the laws of physics and stronger materials. When the end implants are placed at angles into the jawbone, their strength is increased and therefore fewer implants are required. The two anterior implants are placed to stand upright, and the two posterior implants are placed at 45-degree angles. The special surgical placement of these implants is why the All-on-4 can be used in situations that previously required a bone graft due to jaw atrophy. Using only four to six implants now makes this option more affordable.
The denser jawbone that remains in the front part of the jaws offers an ideal place for the implant posts. The approach of placing the other two implants at an angle also helps avoid the sinus cavities and the nerve canal. Upon completion, you have new teeth that do not need to be removed, like dentures. With the placement of only four implants, the procedure again helps reduce the discomfort for the patient.
Materials used for the All on Four Dental Implant
The All-on-4 Dental Implant is made from multiple components. The first component is the placement of a titanium post into the jawbone. Once this post is fused, or has grown into the bone, an abutment or extension is added to reach the surface of the gumline. The tray of artificial teeth that may look like tradition dentures is designed with nylon snaps on the backside or inside. These snap directly on to the post extension, delivering stability unlike a removable set of dentures.
All on Four Dental Implants Benefits
The All on Four option is becoming more popular for several reasons. The procedure is easier and consistently delivers better results. Here is a list of benefits: Have an affordable solution to their missing teeth
- You will have a full, attractive, and healthy smile restored.
- Experience the ease of dental implants despite bone loss.
- The implants reduce the possibility of further jawbone atrophy.
- No longer struggle with the frustration of denture adhesives.
- Implant placement can be completed in one visit reducing the time from the start of the treatment to its end results.
- Allows you to never wear traditional dentures again.
- The reduction in recovery time.
- The reduction in implant cost over placing single teeth or a bridge implant.
- Easy maintenance, like natural teeth
- Ability to eat any kind of food. Not only is there enhanced stability, but the implants deliver pressure sensations for biting and chewing. They also deliver temperature changes between hot and cold.
- The life expectancy of this solution is greater.
- The implants help you maintain a younger appearance without the sagging from missing teeth.
- You will experience more self-confidence and self-esteem.
- An overall improved quality of life improvement.
The Aftercare following the All on Four Procedure
In many cases, research has shown that by placing the implants immediately after having tooth extraction can improve the outcome of the procedure. Dentists have seen that their patients can resume a normal diet in just six weeks after the implants were placed. The more closely you follow the after-care instructions from the team at DC Dental Spa, the better the results you will experience.
During the initial days and couple of weeks following the more invasive appointments, eating softer foods will be in your best interests and keep you comfortable. Once the healing proceeds, you can gradually include more solid foods. Once we have completed your All-on-4 procedure, and you are fully healed, you need to continue to exercise preventative oral hygiene habits to take care of your teeth and your jaw.
All on Four Costs
Costs for each procedure will vary depending on how long the procedure takes, what materials the procedure requires, how many visits are necessary, and the overall difficulty of your situation. Dental insurance will cover some of the costs for these procedures as they lead to improved overall dental health and long-term benefits. If you do not have dental insurance coverage or you have any questions about payment options for your treatment plan, you are more than welcome to talk to our staff at any time.
High Quality Care You Can Trust
At DC Dental Spa our office downtown strives to accommodate your busy schedule. Our entire staff prides ourselves in building strong and lasting relationships with each of our patients. We find value in the trust that our patients place in us. We are deliberate about exercising preventative overall dental health and delivering the enjoyment that comes with a healthy smile. Visit us today at DC Dental Spa, 730 24th St. NW, Suite 9, Washington, DC, 20037, or call 202-333-9282 for an evaluation and consultation to review if All on Four dental implants might be for you.