Getting All-on-4®: Things to Know Beforehand

All-on-4 New Windsor, NY

While waiting for an appointment to receive All-on-4® dental implants, several questions can arise about the procedure and the implants themselves. Imagining a smile with new teeth can be exciting, but there can be a learning curve as well as an adjustment process in diet and lifestyle after receiving the implants.

How does All-on-4® differ from other implants?

This name refers to a process in which dental implants are placed in a patient’s mouth. The “four” refers to four titanium anchors that secure the implanted teeth to the jawbone. When an entire upper or lower arch of teeth need to be replaced, the procedure to get multiple implants can be time-consuming and require a long healing process. With All-on-4®, the length of the initial implantation procedure and the healing process are both reduced, as the four posts can function as anchors for the entire restoration.

What should patients know before the appointment?

Most dentists are able to complete the All-on-4® restoration in three to eight hours. If the patient’s mouth needs extra prep work, such as pulling decaying teeth or clearing away infected gum tissue, it happens before the implants are inserted. This can add time to the appointment. Before sitting down in the dentist’s chair, patients should be familiar with the cost, the risks, and the device itself.

Check whether the restoration includes true All-on-4® implants

If a device is referred to as All-on-4®, is it always the same thing? Not necessarily. There are also dentures that are supported by implants or snap-on dentures, but these devices are different from true All-on-4® implants, which involve a permanent, fixed bridge that is anchored in four places. This bridge serves as a tooth replacement option that looks like and functions almost identically to the original teeth.

Consider both the cost and the benefits

Implants, in any form, can be expensive. The benefits of All-on-4®, however, can far outweigh the cost, especially when covered by insurance. This restoration can help patients to eat, speak, and smile with new permanent teeth, a fact alone can be worth the cost for individuals whose health and self-esteem has fallen away along with their teeth. There can be other fees associated with the procedure, so it is recommended to check before signing up for this type of dental restoration.

Understand the healing process

After receiving All-on-4® implants, the patient's jawbone begins to fuse with the titanium posts as it heals. This is called osseointegration. The healing process can last for a few months, during which the patient must be willing to adhere to a softer diet and return for follow-up appointments.

Conclusion

If you have more questions or concerns, call the office or make an additional appointment so that you can be confident in the decision to get All-on-4®. Go into the appointment with the assurance that the dentist has been highly trained to provide services that can make teeth healthier for years to come.

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