A missing tooth adversely impacts your appearance and oral health; multiple missing teeth can affect your self-confidence and make it challenging to talk and eat. If you have several missing teeth on the same arch, All-on-4 dental implants can restore your smile in just one visit. Here is everything you need to know.
What Are All-on-4 Dental Implants?
All-on-4 implants, also called full arch implants, consist of four titanium implant posts embedded in the jawbone at strategic intervals along the arch and attached to a denture plate. The All-on-4 system is designed to replace a full arch of teeth to restore the functionality of your bite and the appearance of your smile.
All-on-4 dental implants are an excellent missing teeth solution that involves a minor surgery that takes approximately two hours per arch. They eliminate the need for bone grafts to support the implant because your dentist can choose the densest part of the jaw to place the posts. They reduce chair and recovery time; the entire procedure from placing the implants to fitting the denture is completed in a single session, so you can go home with a new smile the same day.
Understanding the All-on-4 Implant Procedure
At TruBlu Dentistry, we perform the All-on-4 implant procedure under sedation for your comfort. After taking digital scans of your teeth and jaw to determine the placement of the posts, your dentist prepares your arch by removing any remaining broken or damaged teeth and infected tissue.
Next, the dentist makes incisions in the gum tissue to expose the jawbone. They drill a small hole in the jaw and screw in the implant. For All-on-4 implants, the posts are set at an angle to increase stability and reduce tension on the bone when biting and chewing. The posts are then connected to abutments, which form the attachment between the denture plate and the implants.
We use Nobel BioCare implants and abutments specially designed with angled connections for optimal shock absorption, and the Xeal® and TiUltra™ surfaces facilitate rapid cell growth.
Once all four implants are embedded, you are fitted for your denture plate. After the plate is attached to the abutments, it does not need to be removed and functions like your natural teeth.
Are You a Candidate for All-on-4 Dental Implants?
Some patients may require extensive bone grafts, a sinus lift, or treatment for advanced gum disease before proceeding with a single dental implant procedure. All-on-4 implants allow you to bypass many of the surgical preparations required for standard implants.
You may be a candidate for All-on-4 dental implants if you:
- Have lost or damaged most of your teeth in a dental arch
- Experienced some jawbone loss
- Have gum disease, which prevents you from getting conventional implants
- Suffered from dental trauma or damage to jaw muscles
If you have an autoimmune disease, such as diabetes or Lupus, or are severely immunocompromised, you may be ineligible to receive All-on-4 dental implants. Poor immune function can prevent the implants from healing properly and inhibit osseointegration, which is critical for the stability of the implants.
Smile With Confidence at TruBlu Dentistry
With All-on-4 dental implants, you no longer need to hide your smile. Contact TruBlu Dentistry to schedule your consultation and learn how All-on-4 implants can restore your smile and confidence in just one day!