All-on-4 dental implants is a fairly new tooth restoration procedure, so there's understandably a lot of questions that patients still have about it. We decided to tackle some of the more frequently asked questions about the procedure here.

Does it hurt?

Though you may feel some minor discomfort during the procedure, pain shouldn't be an issue thanks to anesthesia. Following the procedure, there may be some more minor discomfort as the mouth heals, but this is easily treated with over-the-counter medication.

What really is All-on-4 implants?

Ideal for patients that need extensive mouth restoration, All-on-4 implants permit a full set of artificial teeth with as little as just four implants. Depending on the extent of your situation, you may not need all four implants.

Will I lose my teeth during the process?

If All-on-4 is part of a full-mouth restoration plan, then it is likely that some tooth extractions may need to be performed prior to installing the implants. However, in many cases, All-on-4 is carried out following widespread tooth loss or as an alternative to dentures. In these cases, tooth extraction may not be necessary.

Will I have eating restrictions during the process?

Your mouth needs time to recover from the All-on-4 procedure, so it's recommended that you avoid crunchy and chewy foods in the immediate aftermath of the procedure. Once your mouth fully heals, there are no eating restrictions.

Will the new teeth feel like dentures?

No, not at all. The result of All-on-4 is the closest thing to natural teeth that you can get from an artificial solution. And since these teeth are implanted into the jaw bone, they feel like the real thing too.

What's maintenance of All-on-4 like?

Look, feel and function aren't the only things that All-on-4 has in common with natural teeth. Specifically, it's recommended you care for All-on-4 teeth as you would natural teeth. This means brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once per day. Of course, a good oral health treatment plan also involves seeing the dentist once every six months.

Will insurance help with the cost of All-on-4?

Depending on your dental insurance plan, it's likely that it will pay for at least a portion of the All-on-4 treatment. Additionally, though Medicare won't pay for implants, the more extensive Medicare Advantage plan may. Contact our office more information on what your insurance does and does not cover so you can get a better idea of what your out-of-pocket cost will be.

Will my teeth fall out when I talk?

Again, All-on-4 implants aren't like dentures. Since they're implanted into the jaw bone, they're secure and won't fall out.

How long does the process take?

Installing the implants usually can be done in one day. However, the mouth needs time to recover before the permanent teeth can be installed. This may take a few months. 

How Do I Get Started?

Taking the next step toward All-on-4 dental implants starts with talking with a dentist you can trust. Dr. Kanehl is one of the first cosmetic dentists in Jacksonville offering the new All on 4 dental implant system.

To find out if this is the right fit for you, contact Kanehl Dental today.

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