If you need full mouth implants in order to replace lost teeth, you’ll almost certainly be looking at ways to save money on your treatment and that is why we offer All-on-4 implants to our customers as a more cost-effective solution as this type of treat requires fewer implants in the jaw than other services we offer to our customers.
All-on-4, a registered trademark of the Nobel Biocare. This technique carries the following three traits:
Whereas a full mouth of implants using traditional methods would require 8-10 implants per jaw, the All-on-4 technique uses just four. It is important to note that if your bone density is low for this treatment, this will be investigated during your consultation session with our dentist, If it turns out to be the case, he may suggest to add more implants to help secure all the implants in place, ensuring they will be strong enough to carry the one piece denture and for a more comfortable feeling.
Rather than being inserted vertically, the rear implants are placed at a 30-45 degree angle. What this means it that even patients who have suffered bone loss will still be eligible for All-on-4 treatment without having to go through a costly and lengthy process of a bone graft.
This last trait has earned All-on-4 the nickname of ‘teeth in a day’, ‘smile in a day’ or ‘same day teeth’. This is a massive improvement on the traditional implant process, which can take six months or more to complete with an extensive recovery time between each step of the process.
Our dentist will offer you a sedative to help you relax during the procedure. Then they will give you local anesthesia you so you don’t feel any pain. If you would prefer to have a general anaesthetic or sedation during your All-on-4 treatment, we can arrange this for you but it will incur an extra cost. We will need one weeks advanced notice to arrange this with the hospital.
After any remaining teeth are removed your mouth will be cleaned and we will remove any damaged tissue and bacteria during the treatment process.
Two holes at the rear – one on each side – are angled to offer greater support to the rear of the bridge. When the implants are in place, your mouth is cleaned again and the incisions are stitched up using dissolvable stitches which disappear after a week or two. Either the same day or the following day you’ll be fitted with your new teeth.
Patients usually experience some bruising, swelling and general discomfort in the days after their surgery. You’ll probably want to take a couple of days off work to recover fully and get used to your new teeth.
Your dentist will advise you on the type of foods you can and cannot eat in the months after your treatment. For the first few months you’ll probably have to stick to very soft foods so you don’t disturb the process of the implants fusing with your bone. You might also be advised to avoid things like smoking and heavy exercise for a while.
These implants are cleaned just like your normal teeth - by brushing once a day. Your dentist will show you how to floss with special tools. You can use this tool.