Posted On 4/3/2018 12:00:00 AM
by Bruce Kanehl
If you’ve been exploring solutions for your missing teeth or are looking at undergoing a full mouth restoration, chances are you’ve at least heard of All-on-4 dental implants. For this post, we’ve created a handy guide to give you more information about the up and coming procedure, how it works and what benefits can be realized from it.
As the name implies, All-on-4 refers to a process where a full arch of teeth can be supported with just four implants. It’s an ideal process for patients that have experienced widespread tooth loss, decay or a facial injury and don’t want to deal with the hassle of dentures. The end result of the All-on-4 dental implant process is a full mouth of artificial teeth that look and feel like the real thing.
Like most procedures, the All-on-4 process begins with an initial consultation to make sure that patients are good candidates for the procedure. From there, the process is carried out in a series of appointments, the first of which consists of administering the titanium implants into the jaw bone. Once the implants are installed, temporary teeth are placed until the mouth fully heals and the permanent teeth can be made. Once the mouth heals to the satisfaction of the dentist – a period that can vary based on the number of implants that are installed and the individuals themselves – then the permanent teeth are placed. Still have questions? Our FAQ guide can help.
There are many benefits of All-on-4. Here are a few of them:
Unlike dentures, the permanent teeth placed during the All-on-4 process are cared for like any teeth, with brushing and flossing. Dentures need to be removed and cleaned every night. People also report regular issues with dentures, such as them falling out or slipping around within the mouth.
Unless you tell someone you’ve received the All-on-4 treatment, they’d never know your teeth were artificial by just looking at your smile. That’s how good the end result looks. Aside from looking like the real thing, they also feel like the real thing.
It’s estimated that the All-on-4 success rate is as high as 98 percent. That’s among the highest success rate for any dental procedure.
Though the process may require anywhere from four to six implants, that’s far less than other conventional means of mouth restoration. The lesser implants administered means that there’s less recovery and healing time throughout the process.
It’s easy to see why All-on-4 dental implants are becoming so popular in dentistry. Dr. Kanehl is one of the first dentists in Jacksonville to offer the All-on-4 dental implant system.
To learn more about the procedure and restoring your smile, contact Kanehl Dental today.
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