What are All-on-4s?
All-on-4s refers to four strategically placed dental implants that are used to keep a full denture plate in place. These implants allow the denture to stay firmly in place, preventing it from slipping throughout the day. The denture is still removable so that it can be easily cleaned each night. The procedure provides you with four permanent implants that will help to improve your oral functioning and appearance.
Why would All-on-4s be needed?
The reason you might benefit from all-on-4s is because you’re looking to have a denture that is more secure and less bulky. Dentures that are placed over implants are smaller in size, so there is less irritation to the gums and lips. If you’re currently wearing a denture that constantly slips and falls out, the implants can prevent this from happening in the future. There is no need for adhesive strips and creams when you have all-on-4 technology.
Who is a good candidate for All-on-4s?
Most patients who want all-on-4s can benefit from this procedure and can easily have the implants placed. In order for the implants to heal properly, you need to have solid, healthy bone structure in the area where they’re being placed. In order to determine if you’re a good candidate for implants, we will perform an examination and take special 3D x-rays that give us detailed views of the surrounding bone. If you have low-lying sinuses, we may recommend sinus augmentation to improve the way the implants function.
What happens during the All-on-4 procedure?
The all-on-4 procedure begins with a consultation, exam and x-rays. We then schedule you to come in for implant surgery. During surgery, four implants are placed in different areas around either the upper or lower arch. The implants are embedded deep into the bone where they are able to fuse naturally with the area over the course of a few months. Once the implants have been given time to heal, we will make a new denture for you that is specifically designed to sit over the implants and snap into place.
If you would like to learn more about all-on-4s, call our office today so that we can help to answer any and all of your questions.