Whether you’re missing one tooth or multiple teeth, letting it go untreated can affect your confidence, your ability to speak and chew properly, and even your health. An All-on-4 dental implant procedure can be the ideal solution if you’re looking to replace multiple or all of your top and bottom teeth. If you’re considering getting an All-on-4 implant, here’s what you need to know about how these implants work, their benefits, cost, and more.
What Are All-on-4 Dental Implants?
All-on-4 dental implants are a great way for patients to get back their smile without having to go through the process of getting traditional dentures. All-on-4 dental implants are intended to replace the entire upper or lower set of teeth. This type of dental implant allows multiple teeth to be replaced without having to replace each one individually. An All-on-4 dental implant involves placing four titanium posts inserted into the jawbone to anchor a permanent denture.
One of the biggest benefits of All-on-4 dental implants is that they can be completed in just one day as the procedure is minimally invasive, meaning it’s quicker and easier than traditional implant dentures. In most cases, patients who get an All-on-4 dental implant will not need bone grafting because the implant is placed into the densest area of the jaw. Dental implants like All-on-4 implants can also help preserve the jawbone’s bone structure. Overall, All-on-4 dental implants are a great option for those looking to replace all of their top or bottom teeth.
Dentists place dental implants by drilling a small hole in the jaw and then incisions in the gum tissue to expose the jawbone. When using All-on-4 implants, the posts are set at an angle to increase stability and reduce tension on the bone when biting and chewing. The posts are then connected to abutments, which form the attachment between the implants and denture plates. After, you are fitted for your denture plate, which is attached to the abutments and works just like a natural tooth.
Dental implants can be expensive but, in many cases, are a permanent solution to tooth loss. That being said, the cost of an All-on-4 dental implant ranges between $20,000-$30,000, depending on the extent of the dental work needed. You can get a better idea of what dental implants may cost you by booking an appointment with an experienced and qualified periodontist in your area.
The Recovery Process
After your all-on-4 dental implant is placed, you may experience temporary pain and swelling. This can be alleviated by using ice packs and taking over-the-counter pain medication. After the procedure, you’ll want to avoid hard and sticky foods for the specified time. Make sure you follow your dentist’s orders closely in order for your dental implant to have the best chance of success.
Questions About Dental Implants?
Dr. Anthony Quinta of Life Dental Specialties is a board-certified periodontist and dental implant surgeon based in Massachusetts with offices in Springfield and Hadley. To make an appointment for a consultation, call our Springfield office at 413-739-5685 or our Hadley office at 413-739-5685.