Medical science has made significant advancements in the area of dental care — arguably none more important than the development of the All-On-4 dental implant. It’s the only method of replacing all your teeth with a restoration that’s nearly equals the bite force, stability and durability of real teeth. Let’s take a closer look at this breakthrough treatment. Who Qualifies For All-on-4? Generally, an All-on-4 dental implant is suitable for any person who has lost all their teeth in the upper or lower jaw or who are completely edentulous (without any teeth). This article has details on who makes a good candidate:

The procedure is suitable for most cases where patients want to replace all their teeth. This includes scenarios where patients:

  • Are missing all or most of their teeth
  • have broken and decayed teeth that are difficult to fix
  • Have advanced gum disease and loose teeth
  • Are tired of unstable and ill-fitting dentures
  • Hate wearing dentures
  • Have been told previously that they are not suitable for implants due to insufficient bone in the jaw

If you are a denture sufferer, or hate the thought of wearing dentures, All-on-4 is definitely for you. Read more at Mission Implant Center…

If you fall into any of the above categories, it’s time to change your life with an All-on-4 procedure.

Your dental implant journey will begin with a consultation with the dentist. This will be the time to assess your needs and make sure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. Primarily, this means having enough strong, dense jawbone to support your implants, which will in turn support your All-on-4 appliance. If your bone volume is adequate (or has already been augmented by grafting), you’re ready to be scheduled for implant surgery. The following post explains the procedure in detail:

Your dentist or oral surgeon will probably offer you a sedative to help you relax during the procedure. Then they will anesthetize you so you don’t feel any pain. If you would prefer to have a general anesthetic for your All-on-4 treatment, ask your dentist about this at your initial consultation.

After any remaining teeth are extracted your mouth will be thoroughly cleaned to remove any damaged tissue and bacteria.

The dentist drills two or more holes at the front of your jaw to hold the front implants. Two holes at the rear, one on each side, are angled to offer greater support to the rear of the bridge.

Once the implants are placed, your mouth is cleaned again and any incisions are stitched up. It’s common for dentists to use dissolvable stitches which disappear after a week or two.

Either the same day or the following day you’ll be fitted with your new teeth. Read more at Baytown Gentle Dental…

Once you’ve fully healed from the surgery and your implants have fused with the jawbone, you’ll have a permanent set of brilliant teeth that look and function like the real thing.

Post-Surgery Expectations

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In the immediate aftermath of having your implant placed, you’ll need to take steps to ensure that your recovery is smooth and swift. Here are a few pointers:

After having All-on-4 dental implants placed, rest is critical to the recovery process. Focusing on resting will help ensure the jawbone, and gum tissue heals during the crucial early recovery phase. Avoid participating in any strenuous physical activity until after being cleared by your dentist or oral surgeon…

Altering your diet after having dental implants placed is an essential piece in reducing potential discomfort. We advise all patients to stick with a liquid and soft food only diet to avoid unnecessary chewing. Foods like smoothies, mashed potatoes, yogurt, cottage cheese, oatmeal, and eggs are all great staples in your recovery. You should avoid crunchy and crispy foods in addition to any foods that produce small crumbs that can get trapped in the surgical sites. Read more at Elite Dental and Denture…

To learn more about All-on-4 dental implants, schedule a free consultation at Harrell Dental Implant Center. Dr. Robert Harrell is the leading provider of implants of all varieties in the Charlotte area. Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on our website to make your appointment. During your consultation a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your implants are in place.