Unlike ordinary dental implants, which can take months to heal before the final teeth are placed, most patients can walk out of Dr. Scherer’s office with a gleaming, functional smile after a single visit. They’re an excellent solution for replacing an entire arch of upper or lower teeth with just four sole implants.
What Are All-on-4 Implants?
With normal dental implants, patients require one implant per missing tooth. If the patient is missing a lot of teeth, this can quickly become a very involved procedure. All-on-4 implants take away this complexity by using just four implants to support an entire row of teeth.
What’s the main difference between the two forms of implants? All-on-4 implants are placed at a precise angle that allows them to go deeper into the jaw. Because of this, they can support more pressure, and therefore, only four implants are needed for a full dental bridge.
Overall, All-on-4 implants are perfect for patients who have lost all their teeth or don’t mind having remaining teeth pulled to have a full replacement arch placed.
Benefits of the All-on-4 Implant System
Dr. Scherer loves recommending the All-on-4 implant system to his patients because of its ease and immediate results. Some of the benefits of getting All-on-4 implants include:
• Faster healing times, as fewer implants are needed in the jaw. This also means less pain and downtime after the surgery.
• Quicker results, as the replacement arch can often be placed at the same time the implants are installed.
• Less need for bone grafting, which can often be required for standard dental implants. This is because the All-on-4 implants are placed at an angle and go deeper into the bone, providing a stable base without bone supplementation.
• Preservation of the jawbone and facial profile, as the All-on-4 implants provide enough stimulation to prevent bone tissue from deteriorating.
• Extreme longevity, as dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.
• Improved self-esteem, as patients will no longer feel embarrassed or afraid to smile.
Who Is a Candidate for All-on-4 Implants?
While the All-on-4 system is an excellent option for many patients, unfortunately, not everyone is an excellent candidate for the procedure. Generally, patients who are the best candidates for this procedure:
• Have several missing or failing teeth.
• Would require multiple dental implants to fix their missing teeth.
• Have dentures.
Because the All-on-4 system is meant to support a full bridge of teeth, patients who just have one or two missing teeth would benefit more from traditional dental implants. Additionally, patients who have weakened soft tissues or other oral health issues may not be ideal candidates.
To determine candidacy, Dr. Scherer will perform a thorough examination at the initial consultation. He’ll look at the patient’s mouth to see if it’s healthy enough for surgery, as well as take X-rays to ensure the jawbone is stable enough to support the four implants. If all looks good, he will take more photos and impressions to assist with creating a plan of care, as well as schedule the patient for their procedure.
What Is the Recovery From All-on-4 Implants Like?
The recovery from All-on-4 implants is minimal, as most of the procedure takes place inside the bone. Afterward, patients may feel sore as well as experience bleeding and swelling; however, these issues can be helped with over-the-counter pain medications as well as ice therapy.
However, the great part about All-on-4 implants is that patients will immediately have full functionality of their teeth. While they may want to stick to a liquid or soft foods diet for a few days so the gums have time to heal, they’ll be able to eat, drink, and speak like normal far faster than traditional dental implants.
While patients may need one or two follow-up appointments at Dr. Scherer’s office just to make sure the implants are healing properly, otherwise, their treatment is done. To keep their new teeth in good shape, all they need to do is brush and floss them like they would with normal teeth.
Upgrade Your Smile With All-on-4 Implants
If you’re missing all or most of your teeth, there’s no reason you have to live with a gummy smile for the rest of your life. Consider the All-on-4 system as a long-term way to transform your grin and regain all the functionality you lost with your teeth.
Learn more about how you can get teeth in a day with the All-on-4 system by calling our office at (630) 364-2888 to schedule your initial consultation.