The All-on-4 treatment concept is an extensive dental implant procedure that replaces all the bad or missing teeth in your mouth with fixed dental implant supported dentures. At Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery, Dr. Cole Anderson and can help you get the All-on-4 treatment concept in the most effective and safe way.
What Are All on 4 Implants?
All-on-4 implants is a screw-retained overdenture that is supported with the help of four dental implants. With this innovative dental technology, we can replace all your teeth in the most minimally-invasive way possible. To understand this treatment concept, you need to know what a dental implant is. A dental implant is a small screw-shaped prosthetic that is placed in the jawbone to replace a missing tooth root. This procedure requires minor oral surgery. Once the implant is placed in your jawbone, it will integrate into your bone and create a solid foundation for your dental crown. The biggest advantage of All-on-4 dental implants is that you do not need a dental implant for every single tooth you are missing. This technique allows you to perfectly place four implants each in your top and bottom arch. The two implants that are placed at the back of both the upper and lower jaw are slanted at 30 degrees to 45 degrees to maximize the use of the dense bone at the back of the jaw. This affords more stability and, hence, reduces the need for bone grafting.
Requirement for Jawbone Density
People who are interested in the All-on-4 treatment should understand that some people may still require a bone graft, even with this treatment. The All-on-4 treatment concept is a complex oral surgery and requires good quality and quantity of bones. Without a good bone density, the dental implants will not be able to anchor the artificial teeth properly and it can lead to implant failure. If we discover you have very low bone density, we will recommend a bone grafting procedure that can augment the bone in your jaw. At Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery, Dr. Cole Anderson and will use dental technologies like x-rays and CT scans to diagnose your bone structure and decide on the best possible course of action for you.
How Much Time is Required to Recover From an All On 4 Procedure?
The recovery period for All-on-4 treatment can be quite long. The procedure itself involves several months of healing in between sessions, which may put patients in some discomfort and place restrictions on their diet and some activities. However, swelling and pain typically lessen in three days and you will continue to improve in the following days. In addition, if you are getting a bone graft, you may have to wait a few months for sufficient bone to grow, which can add to your recovery time.
Alternative Treatment Option for All On 4 Procedure
If your dental health indicates that you require the use of complex dental implant treatments like All-on-4 treatment concept, then you may also be a good candidate for alternative treatment like Teeth in a Day. If you do not want or are not suited for oral surgery, traditional dentures and dental bridges (if you have some teeth left) are also a safe, effective, and minimally invasive way for restoring your chewing, speaking, and smiling abilities. Keep in mind that All-on-4 treatment concept is a comprehensive process that requires several months to complete. Make sure you are committed to this long-term dental procedure before you start this treatment. If you are interested in this procedure, call us at (208) 343-0909 and we will check if you are a good candidate for the All-on-4 treatment concept or not.