Dental Implants With No Supplemental Procedures Required
While dental implants are typically seen as the best solution to tooth loss, not everyone can take advantage of this method. If you have insufficient jawbone density or gum tissue recession, a supplemental procedure may be recommended before you can undergo traditional implant surgery. If you’re missing multiple teeth or an entire arch of teeth, then trying to replace all of them with individual dental implants can prove expensive and inefficient.
Dental implant surgery used to be unavailable to patients who couldn’t undergo a supplemental treatment, had extensive gum tissue loss, or couldn’t afford multiple procedures. Fortunately, advancements in dental technology have made the benefits of dental implants accessible to more of these patients with a method called All-on-4®.
What Is All-on-4?
All-on-4 is a restorative technique that makes efficient use of your existing bone structure by supporting a single restoration with a minimal number of dental implants, usually no more than four per arch. Thanks to the innovative design of All-on-4 dental implants, you can enjoy the significant benefits of dental implants without having to worry about remedying certain oral health issues.
Benefits of All-on-4 Dental Implants
All-on-4 restorations have several unique benefits when compared to traditional dental implant treatments, including:
- No need for supplemental procedures
- More affordable treatment
- Shorter treatment times
- More rapid recovery
- Reduced risk of postoperative complications
- All the benefits of standard dental implants
- Temporary restorations provided while your implants integrate
The All-on-4 Process
Before undergoing treatment with All-on-4, you’ll visit Chapko & Shah Modern Dentistry for a consultation with one of our dentists. During your consultation, your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth, review your medical history, and discuss sedation options and your oral health goals with you.
Designing Your All-on-4 Implants
Once you and your dentist have determined that All-on-4 dental implants are right for you, we’ll take images and impressions of your teeth. These images and impressions will be sent to a special lab and serve as the blueprints for your All-on-4 dental implants.
Preparation For Your All-on-4 Implants
Before your dentist can install your implant posts, we’ll thoroughly clean your mouth of any particles and plaque. Afterwards, your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to numb your mouth while they work. Once we’ve ensured that your anesthetic has taken effect, along with any sedation method you may have chosen, your dentist will proceed with installing your implants.
Installing Your All-on-4 Implants
To place your implants, your dentist will make small incisions in your gums where your implants will go. Then, they’ll surgically insert the posts into your jawbone. The posts will fuse with the bone in a natural process called osseointegration, which usually takes three to six months.
While you wait for your dental implants to fully integrate with your jawbone, your dentist will provide you with a set of temporary restorations to wear. You’ll never have to go toothless before you’re ready for permanent restorations.
Attaching Your Permanent Restorations
Once your implants have been fully integrated, you’ll return to our office in Belvidere, IL. Your dentist will remove your temporary restorations and install your permanent prosthetic arches.
Frequently Asked Questions
While your prosthetics will likely need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years due to regular wear and tear, the implants themselves can last 20 years to a lifetime with proper oral hygiene and regular dental exams at Chapko & Shah Modern Dentistry.
The cost of your All-on-4 implants will vary based on a number of factors such as your level of oral health and your insurance coverage. We encourage you to call your provider beforehand and ask them if they can cover some or all of the costs of your procedure.
At Chapko & Shah Modern Dentistry, we believe that our patients deserve access to the care they need regardless of cost. That’s why we accept most major forms of payment and also offer third-party financing through CareCredit and Wells Fargo.
All-on-4 dental implants can only be removed by a dental professional. You’ll never have to take them out to clean them, simply practice a standard oral hygiene routine and attend bi-annual dental exams at our Belvidere, IL office.
You may be a good candidate for All-on-4 dental implants if:
- You’re missing one or more teeth
- You can’t undergo supplemental procedures
- You want to switch from dentures
- You’re looking for a permanent solution to your tooth loss
- You’re ready to attend regular dental exams and maintain proper oral hygiene