All-on-4 Frequently Asked Questions
How are All-on-4 Dental Implants different from dentures?
All-on-4 implants are a permanent set of teeth that look and feel like natural teeth. All-on-4 dental implants:
- Are permanent teeth that are brushed and cleaned like natural teeth
- Do not have to be taken out
- Do not need adhesives
- Are comfortable because they do not press down on your gums
- Allow you to experience the hot and cold of your food, as well as the taste
- Allow you to bite with increased force (up to 70% more), so you can eat all of your favorite foods again
- Prevent bone deterioration
- Restore your facial features
How do All-on-4 dental implants compare to traditional implants?
The All-on-4 dental implant technique utilizes only four implants per arch, whereas traditional implants utilize anywhere from six to eight implants, or more, in each arch. The implants of the All-on-4 procedure are also placed at an angle, which allows for increased contact by using the natural support of your bone. In addition, the All-on-4 procedure requires no bone grafting for most patients, which is common in traditional implant procedures. Therefore, All-on-4 dental implants save time, money, and discomfort.
How long is the All-on-4 dental implant surgery?
The surgery takes approximately 2.5 hours per arch.
What is the success rate with All-on-4 Dental Implants?
Published studies show a 98% success rate using All-on-4 dental implants.
Who is the ideal candidate for All-on-4 Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate for the All-on-4 dental implant procedure from The Implant Center at Dental Associates is someone who is currently wearing dentures or who will need dentures in the future. Age doesn’t matter but dental implant candidates should be in good health.
Where will my replacement teeth be made?
The Implant Center at Dental Associates does everything in-house. Your new teeth will be crafted by certified lab technicians on-site. In fact, every part of your procedure, from consultation to follow-up care happens under one roof.
Will my results look natural?
Absolutely. The All-on-4 dental implant technique gives you permanent teeth that look, feel and function just like real teeth. No one will know you have implants unless you tell them.
Why don't I get my permanent set of teeth the day my implants are placed?
As with any surgery, you need time to heal. However, you will not leave our office without teeth! A temporary set of teeth will be placed on your implants. Once the healing process is complete, your permanent teeth will be placed at a follow up visit approximately six to eight months after surgery.
What if I just need implants on my bottom arch? What if I someday need All-on-4 dental implants on both arches?
All-on-4 implants can be placed on just the upper or lower arch. Your implant specialists will evaluate your circumstance and if he or she feels you might eventually need replacement teeth on both the upper and lower arches, he or she might suggest performing the procedure on both arches at the same time. This provides better results while also saving time and money. Your doctor will work with you to determine what best meets your needs both health wise and cost wise.
What type of cleaning is required after an implant is placed?
Dental implants should be treated like your natural teeth, daily brushing and flossing is recommended. Our team of specialists and dental hygienists will review oral hygiene instructions with you and will recommend the most appropriate oral hygiene treatment plan to fit your needs.
Are there any additional costs/fees to expect?
All fees will be discussed prior to surgery during the consultation appointment.
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