All-on-4 Dental Implants Questions and Answers
If you are in need of dental implants, All-on-4 may be the solution you are looking for to achieve a full, natural looking smile. To learn more about dental implants, reach out to Best Dental Care today. You can call us or book an appointment online for all of your dental needs in Tyler, TX.
What are All-on-4 dental implants?
All-on-4 dental implants are a fairly new form of dental implant that uses 4 implants placed into the maxillary bone to support a full-arch bridge. The 4 implants are strategically placed throughout the mouth to provide the bridge with a strong, firm foundation. It can be used on either the top or bottom jaw, or both, where a patient requires a full-arch bridge to replace all of their teeth. The name All-On-4 comes from the structure of the bridge being attached onto the 4 implants that support the full-arch bridge by spreading and distributing the pressure among the 4 implant posts. This results in a secure and strong set of teeth that won’t shift, or budge once inserted so that the patient can easily and comfortably chew, bite and talk without the worry of a bridge that could shift or fall out. At Best Dental Care, we provide All-on-4 treatment to patients for a variety of reasons. To determine if you would be a good candidate, reach out to our office to book an appointment to talk through your dental implant options with our expert dentist.
What is the procedure for All-on-4 dental implants?
The first step in the procedure is to have an x-ray or CT scan performed on your mouth and jaw to determine how many implants will be needed based on the condition and density of the jawbone. Additional implants can be used if needed to ensure the bridge has a strong, stable foundation to be attached to. Once the treatment has been planned out, the actual procedure itself can be performed in the course of a single day. The implants are surgically inserted into the jaw and the patient will receive a temporary denture to sit over the implants while the permanent bridge is built, and your jaw heals from the surgery. This means that patients will leave the office with a full set of teeth, although temporary. Once the jaw has healed, impressions will be taken to build the permanent bridge and then it will be inserted as soon as it’s ready. The team at Best Dental Care will ensure you are fully aware of the steps needed as part of your All-on-4 treatment, so you know what to expect from start to finish.
Are All-on-4 dental implants removable?
No, All-on-4 dental implants are not removable. Once the permanent bridge is completed, your dentist will attach it to your implants to ensure that it is strong, sturdy and comfortable. After it has been attached by your dentist, it can only be removed by your dentist. The goal of All-on-4 dental implants is to provide patients with a full-arch bridge of teeth that will look, feel and act like natural teeth. If for any reason you feel like you need to remove them, book an appointment with the team at Best Dental Care to discuss what you are experiencing. The dentist can remove the bridge to give it a professional clean and examine your implants to ensure everything is properly healed and there are no issues or concerns before reinserting the bridge.
What are All-on-4 dental implants made of?
The All-on-4 dental implants are made of a couple of different materials. The dental posts that are surgically inserted into your jaw are made out of surgical-grade titanium. This titanium is strong and used for many other surgical procedures in the body. The teeth themselves can be made out of one of 3 materials – acrylic, porcelain or zirconia. Each material has its pros and cons, and your dentist will determine the best option for you based on several different factors. While acrylic is the least expensive option, they can wear down if the patient is a grinder or clencher, causing more maintenance. Porcelain is long lasting and maintains its finish but can be expensive and difficult to repair if there is damage. Zirconia is the newest material that is very strong and durable but expensive and hard to repair. At Best Dental Care we will work with you to determine which material is going to be the best option for you in the long run.
What are the advantages of All-on-4 dental implants?
There are many advantages to the All-on-4 dental implants. The procedure is quick, so patients can have their full-arch bridge placed within a single day. The implants themselves provide a strong, sturdy base for the bridge to attach on to so patients can feel comfortable with their new teeth, leading to a bright, confident smile. While the initial treatment can seem expensive, in the long run it is more economical than having to replace single teeth or having to replace crowns or bridges as needed. Our experienced and knowledgeable team at Best Dental Care can answer all of your All-on-4 dental implant questions. Book a consultation with us today to find out how this treatment can work for you. We are conveniently located at 3310 S. Southwest Loop 323 Tyler, TX 75701.We serve patients from Tyler TX, Swan TX, New Chapel Hill TX, Noonday TX, Wood Springs TX, Whitehouse TX, and Flint TX.