Common questions concerning All-on-4
If you’re currently considering All-on-4 dental implants as a permanent tooth replacement solution, you’ve probably got a lot of questions.
Here are some common questions and answers.
Do All-on-4 implants look and feel like natural teeth?
Yes. Modern fixed full-arch implant supported bridges are nearly indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Nobody will know that your teeth aren’t real unless you choose to tell them.
Not only do All-on-4 bridges look and feel like natural teeth, they also function like natural teeth. Enjoy increased biting and chewing strength when eating all your favorite foods.
Maintaining your All-on-4 is just like caring for natural teeth. Daily brushing and use of a Waterpik is all you need to keep your smile shining like new.
Can I get All-on-4 for my lower teeth?
Yes. All-on-4 is available for both your upper and lower arch.
It is often possible to have both arches of teeth installed in the same visit, even if you require numerous extractions.
How long is the surgery and is it painful?
The surgery lasts approximately two hours per arch and the procedure is not painful. After the anesthesia wears off, patients can experience light to moderate swelling and soreness for a few days. In most cases, you’ll be able to return to work or your normal routine within one to two days.
What if I don’t have enough bone?
One of the primary advantages of All-on-4 versus traditional implants is that the angled installation allows for fixed-bridges in patients that would otherwise have required bone grafts. Therefore most patients are not required to undergo bone grafting prior to having implants.
Are there any postop adjustments that will need to be made?
Patients usually require 24-48 hours to adjust to the placement of their new teeth. You may have slight speech issues during this time.
All-in-4 implants are very strong and stable from day one and you’ll be able to eat most foods straight away. You may be asked to avoid especially brittle or hard foods for 10-12 weeks, at which point you can return to your regular diet.
How do I know if I’m a candidate for All-on-4?
Most patients who can wear traditional dentures are also candidates for All-on-4, provided they’re in good enough health to undergo surgery. Your oral surgeon will utilize advanced 3D imagery to create a virtual model of your jaw and mouth. They will evaluate bone quality, volume and quantity to determine the best treatment option for your situation.
How much does it cost?
Out of pocket cost of an All-On-4 procedure varies from patient to patient. Only after your initial consultation can your oral surgeon provide an accurate estimate. Given that All-on-4 is often a life-long solution; the treatment is more affordable than you might think.