Remember all those old ads for denture adhesives. They all promised theirs was finally the product that would hold your dentures in place. The commercials ended with either a guy eating an apple or a woman working on an ear of corn. Smiles everywhere. Of course, we were all skeptical. In the back of your mind, you thought to yourself; I sure hope they come up with a better solution by the time I need new teeth. Well, they did.
All-On-Four, also called “Teeth-in-a-Day,” is that better solution. The first thing to know is you’ll come in once for a consultation and measurements. We’ll explain the advantages and answer all of your questions. Later, you’ll come back with your current teeth, and you’ll leave that same day with a perfect, all-new smile. It really is “teeth-in-a-day.” It’s a permanent solution that, unlike dentures, really will have you eating that apple.
What is it?
All-on-Four starts with four dental implants. These are small titanium screws that are inserted into your jaws. That might sound severe, but you’ll be sleeping through all of this. Then, a permanent denture is attached to those screws. You’ll walk out with a seamless row of teeth, across your entire mouth.
There are many advantages to this approach, however, it’s not right for everyone. 3D x-rays and a thorough examination will be needed for our doctors to know if you are a candidate. If you are, you will:
What Is All-on-Four?
All-on-four is a type of dental implant where four metal implants anchor both restorations on the upper and lower jaw. The four implants are a support mechanism, anchoring the prosthetic teeth and replacing your missing teeth’s roots. These implants restore the missing teeth and maintain the jawbone’s structural integrity, thus preventing its deterioration.
There are two pairs of all-on-four implants. The first pair sits in the middle of the jaw, while the other pair (posterior implants) are anchored at a 45-degree angle. Dentists drill the latter into the anterior maxilla, which is a highly dense region of the jawbone that provides excellent support.
Like with other types of implants, treatment starts by taking X-rays and precise measurements of your gums and teeth. The dentist will then mark where the implants will go, make incisions in the gums, and drill holes into these regions before placing the implants. The implants eventually fuse with the existing bone, allowing the dentist to place the abutments and the prosthesis, thus concluding the process.
What to Expect When Getting All-on-Four Implants in Grand Valley Dental
If Dental Specialties Northwest finds something suspicious, a biopsy is carried out before the tissue is sent to a laboratory for further examination. The simple in office surgical procedure is performed during a dental visit with Dr. Sweeney or Dr. Spoor.
Your Dental Specialties dentist will go over the potential drawbacks with you. This isn’t a one-size fit all kind of deal, so we consider this one-on-one consultation essential.