Is all-on-four treatment right for you?
What is an all-on-4 treatment?
The all-on-4 treatment is an innovative treatment designed to replace missing teeth by placing four titanium implants in each jaw. The procedure is relatively quick, and minimally invasive. In fact, the treatment can take between just one and three days to complete.
What does the treatment involve?
The first step in all-on-4 treatment is to come in for a consultation, at which time your dentist will examine your mouth and check that you are a suitable candidate for implants. Your dentist will check that your jaw bone density is sufficient by taking some x-rays. If the treatment is right for you, your dentist will take some impressions of your teeth, which will then be sent to a laboratory so that your dental bridge can be designed and fabricated.
During the procedure itself, your dentist will clean your mouth and remove any damaged tissue and bacteria. Two small holes are then drilled at the front of your jaw, which will hold the front implants. Two more holes are drilled at the back of your jaw — these are carefully angled to offer support at the back of the bridge.
When your implants have been placed, the incisions are stitched closed. Either on the same day or in the next couple of days, your new teeth will be fitted. In some cases, a temporary overdenture may be placed for a few months while your implants heal.
What can I expect after the procedure?
It is quite normal to experience some bruising and swelling following the all-on-4 procedure. It might take a little time to get used to your new teeth, and you may experience some minor discomfort while you adjust and heal.
In the first few months after the procedure, you may need to avoid very hard foods so that you don’t disturb the process of your implants fusing with your jaw bone.
What are the advantages of an all-on-4 treatment?
There are a number of advantages to choosing an all-on-4 treatment, rather than removable dentures or conventional implants. Both the treatment and recovery time are very short — your implants and new teeth can be placed on the same day as an extraction.
All-on-4 dental implants are also very comfortable to wear, and because they are fixed in place, there is no need to remove them for cleaning, and they won’t slip or fall out unexpectedly. The treatment is generally a very good option for patients with jaw bone loss and are also a cost-effective solution.
How should I take care of my all-on-4 implants?
Your all-on-4 implants will look and feel just like natural teeth and should be taken care of with a good oral health routine. Be sure to brush and floss every day and visit your City Smiles dentist for regular check-ups and maintenance.
What does the treatment cost?
At City Smiles, the initial consultation is free. At this point, we will assess your suitability to ensure that you receive the best treatment. If you are a suitable candidate, we can replace your missing teeth with all-on-4 and other full arch restoration options from $12,000.
There are a few options in terms of the kind of implant that is used. We will guide you through the possible choices so that you can find something that fits your budget. All of our lab work is done in Australia using the latest technology and finest materials. Some of the options that we have on offer include fixed Nobel-PROCERA bridge with titanium milled bar, or precision-milled zirconia bridge.
Are you interested in learning more about an all-on-4 treatment? Book a consultation here.