About All-On-Four Dental Implants
Four screws are placed into the jawbone and gums and left to heal sufficiently, before the implant bridge can be secured in place. Once implanted, the bridge will never need to be removed and will resemble the appearance of your natural teeth.
As with all dental implants, All-On-Four dental implants are placed during an outpatient surgical procedure in our state-of-art facility at Palmetto Oral & Facial Surgery. Most patients will want to take advantage of some sort of sedation for this procedure, in addition to the local anesthetic that will be used.
Before leaving Palmetto Oral & Facial Surgery, the patient is typically fitted with a comfortable set of “fixed” temporary teeth. After the implants have fully healed with the bone (takes up to 4 months), the patient will receive a permanent new set of teeth from their general dentist.
In the days immediately following the All-On-Four placement procedure, patients should use common sense to determine what they can and cannot do to avoid complications and problems with the implants. Maintain a soft diet for a few weeks and be gentle with your oral hygiene routine (but still keep up with it to minimize the presence of potentially infection-causing bacteria!).
In addition to the short treatment timeframe, All-On-Four dental implants have a number of advantages over conventional dentures. All-On-Four implants are more stable and secure, greatly reducing the jawbone resorption that occurs with standard dentures, which have no root-like structure to anchor the bone. An implant-supported arch will not slide out of place, and it’s more effective at chewing so patients can maintain a varied diet.
If you think the All-On-Four solution is right for you, schedule a consultation today with Palmetto Oral & Facial Surgery.