Dental implants allow you to live and enjoy life like you used to, with no worries about dentures, no more embarrassment, and no problems eating the foods you miss. You’ll get back the life you once had before tooth loss, with new teeth that look, feel and perform better than your old ones. We offer All-on-Four dental implants, a new advanced procedure that allows you to get your new teeth in one day.
What is My First Step?
Every patient begins this process with a one-on-one consultation with one of our experts. Our doctors will give you a basic examination; then we’ll develop a custom treatment plan just for you. We’ll also discuss the costs of the procedure with you, as well as any financing options you may want to investigate. This is the time when you can ask all the questions you have about dental implants in general, and the All-on-Four procedure in particular. It’s always a good idea to write down any questions you may have beforehand, bringing them into the office with you for your consultation.
What are Dental Implants?
After a large amount of tooth loss, patients have a variety of replacement options. One popular choice is dental implants. With this procedure, dental posts are surgically implanted into the jawbone and eventually grow to become a part of the bone. These posts have tips that stick out above the surface of the gums, and the dentist will mount replacement teeth to these tips. Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss, as opposed to dentures, which are taken out on a regular basis. Implants look and feel just like normal teeth, and should be treated the same. The permanence of the implants, as well as the relative ease in caring for them, makes dental implants a popular choice for tooth replacement.
How are All-on-Four Dental Implants Different?
Traditional dental implants use six to eight implants, or more, per arch. All-on-Four implants minimize this by only using four implants per arch. The implants are also placed at a carefully-designed angle which uses the natural support of the jawbone to increase contact. As a result, for most patients, the All-on-Four procedure doesn’t require any bone grafts, unlike traditional dental implants. The result is a procedure that saves money, time, and discomfort.
Why Get Dental Implants?
Tooth loss is extremely common in adults today, and it becomes more common as people age. More than 35 million Americans are missing all of their lower teeth, upper teeth, or both. Replacement dentures can be a bother, and are often painful, causing wearers to seek out other solutions. Dental implants are pain-free once they’ve healed, and they mimic a wearer’s original teeth in every way, so they’re becoming popular as an alternative to dentures or living without teeth.
What Are the Advantages of All-on-Four Dental Implants?
You’ll save time and money as well as suffering less discomfort when you decide to get All-on-Four dental implants.
- We do all the main procedures in just one day, so you don’t have to suffer through multiple appointments in more than one office.
- We do the procedure with general IV anesthesia instead of local anesthesia, so you’ll be much calmer and more comfortable through the whole procedure.
- Combining the techniques into one process allows us to save you money because you won’t be paying multiple doctors and dental teams.
- Our technique of using only four implants at a certain angle allows your jawbone to heal quicker and with less pain, for most patients.
Am I a Good Candidate for All-on-Four Dental Implants?
According to most studies, the best candidate for All-on-Four implants is someone who is currently wearing dentures, or who will need dentures shortly. Age isn’t a determining factor, but the patient should be in good health before beginning the procedure. You’ll be undergoing IV anesthesia during the procedure, so any issues you may have with anesthesia may affect your ability to undergo our procedure. If you have breathing problems, or if you’ve had a reaction to anesthesia in the past, discuss the details with our doctors to find out your options.
How Long Does the All-on-Four Procedure Take?
Unlike traditional implants, you’ll come into our office in the morning and leave that afternoon with new teeth, in most cases. We may need to do preliminary procedures before the main process, especially if you have other teeth that need to be removed or you have any infection. Once those issues are cleared up, the original procedure will take part of one day. You’ll walk out with a new set of temporary teeth. Once your gums have completely healed, in a matter of months, you’ll return to our office to get your permanent teeth.
What Will I Experience on the Procedure Day?
You’ll arrive at our office early in the morning, where you’ll be made comfortable while we begin the IV procedure. You’ll receive anesthesia through an IV to make sure you have no pain or discomfort during the procedure itself. Once the anesthesia has taken hold, we’ll begin the procedure, which takes about 2.5 hours per arch. Once we’re finished, you’ll recover comfortably in a cheerful room, watching television or reading. By mid afternoon you should have recovered enough to allow you to be driven home. You’ll have a full set of temporary teeth so that you can leave with a gleaming smile.
Why Don’t I Get My Permanent Teeth on the First Day?
Every surgery requires a certain amount of time to heal, and All-on-Four implant surgery is no different. We would never want you to leave our office without any teeth, so we work to provide a beautiful temporary set that works well while your jawbone heals. Once your implant healing process is complete, you’ll come back into our office and we’ll provide you with your permanent teeth. Because of the slow nature of bone healing, this will happen about six to eight months after the original procedure.
How Do I Care For My New Teeth?
Treat your dental implants just like you would healthy teeth. Brush and floss your teeth every day with normal dental products. Also, avoid actions that you’d ordinarily avoid with your original teeth, such as using your teeth to pry items open or biting down on extremely hard objects. Consider your new teeth a reboot on the ones you were born with. Just in care, you’re still not sure, our oral hygiene specialists will consult with you before you leave on your procedure day, just to make sure you know exactly how to care for your new teeth.
How Much Does the All-on-Four Dental Implant Cost?
Costs for this procedure will vary widely, due to the differences in work needed to prepare your mouth for the implants. Prices will change if you need teeth removed or if you have any oral infections. The basic procedure costs begin at $20,000, which may be covered in part or whole by your dental insurance. No matter what the final cost, you can be confident that you’ll be saving hundreds of dollars by using the All-on-Four procedure. You’ll only deal with one office instead of multiple teams, and almost all the work will be combined into one day’s appointment.
What Financing Options Do I Have?
Speak with your insurance company about dental implants to find out about their coverage. If you don’t have insurance, or if your coverage is inadequate, we can discuss a variety of financing options. There are private loan companies options that everyone can look into, and we’ll explain how each process works with our office. We never like to see a patient turn down a new smile because of the cost; we’ll always work with you to try to find a financing solution that’s right for your budget.
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