Implants Provide Stability Even In Minimum Bone Volume
One of the essential parts of most implant surgeries is having an adequate bone to sink the implant into. Patients who are missing their teeth often lack bone. That is what makes the All-on-4® Implant Treatment different than other implant procedures. This system uses longer implants that are placed at a tilt to capture denser bone. The two implants are tilted in the back, and they are longer, so we can increase the bone-to-implant contact, reducing the need for bone grafting. This is ideal for patients who have decreased bone mass because the back (posterior) implants are tilted and can be inserted into the better quality bone, reducing any rocking in the denture and improving the support of the implant-supported denture.
All-on-4® Implant Treatment Surgical Procedure
Unlike other implant procedures, we should not have to perform a bone graft before surgery. However, we will want to review any health-related information, including all medications the patient is taking, even if it seems unrelated. How the patient heals is vital to the success of this procedure. Patients with medical problems do not eliminate as a candidate, in fact, this procedure has been approved for even medically delicate patients, but we may ask to make some adjustments to increase healing abilities.
The surgical procedure for placing implants is minimally invasive. We begin by ensuring the comfort of the patient. Most patients find that a local anesthetic is all that is necessary, though we can also provide a variety of conscious sedation options if necessary.
We begin using a specialized drill and make the needed space in the bone. The All-on-4® Implant Treatment system uses longer implants that are placed at an angle; this is done to reach the thicker, denser bone. The implants, along with the denture, are placed together, meaning the patient leaves with the denture fully stabilized in place.
Healing after Surgery
Healing after the surgical placement of your immediate loaded implants is similar to healing from other dental surgeries. You will experience discomfort for the first several days; we invite our patients to take all prescribed pain medication to reduce discomfort. Besides tissue healing, the patient will also be experiencing bone healing, which will take longer than tissue healing. We will advise the patient to take care of their bone healing process and to eat soft, gentle foods for several months while the bone heals. Additionally, we will want you to be aware of any indications of symptoms that are out of the ordinary, including excessive bleeding, swelling, or signs of infection. All of this information will be discussed in the office.
All-on-4® Implant Treatment Provides Prosthetic Flexibility
With the All-on-4® Implant Treatment, our patients benefit from having an immediate implant-supported denture screwed onto the implants right after surgery. Many implant procedures are done over the span of months but using immediate load dentures. You can come in with no teeth and leave with a mouthful of permanent, stable teeth.
Besides stabilizing a denture device, once the patient has stabilized implants, there are so many other prosthetic solutions that can be applied. From individual crowns to dental bridges, partials, and removable overdentures, implants open a whole realm of possibilities.
The All-on-4® implant treatment allows us to streamline the time needed for dental implant treatment, giving you a smile you’ve always dreamed of in less time.