When Dentures Aren’t Right for You
The All-on-4® technique might be right for you! This technique uses four, strategically placed dental implants that allow a full-arch denture to be securely and permanently placed over them. You’ll be able to speak clearly and taste your favorite foods! They won’t slip or lift when you’re speaking, and they won’t get misplaced.
All-on-4® is a cost-efficient, minimally invasive method to restore the function of your mouth and give you back the confidence that comes with a beautiful smile. The best part? You will leave the office with a temporarily fixed, full-arch denture the day of treatment!
Because the procedure uses computer-guided technology, Dr. Blake Adams can see where the highest levels of bone are without the need for bone grafting, which adds expense and recovery time to the implant procedure. By skipping this invasive treatment, you will heal faster and with less complication.
Not only does the All-on-4® technique restore the beauty of your smile it helps prevent further bone loss. The implants act as a scaffold that supports the existing bone giving it something to hold on to.
Using computer-guided surgery, Dr. Blake Adams can determine the four best locations for implants and inserts them into the bone. An implant is a small titanium screw that fits inside your jawbone and acts like a root of a tooth.
A temporary denture is usually inserted so you can smile while the natural bone heals and grows around your implants, just like it would around a natural tooth.
This process usually takes a few months, and then you will be fitted for a full-arch denture that is permanently secured to the implants.
Once your new denture is inserted, you will be able to eat and drink your favorite foods and speak as clearly as you would with natural teeth. Maintaining your smile is as simple as brushing twice a day and keeping a regular professional maintenance schedule with your favorite dental team.
This is crucial because at each visit, they will inspect all the pieces of your All-on-4® implant system and regularly evaluate your bone levels to make sure you smile is in tip-top shape.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is this procedure safe?
The technology for this procedure continues to advance and had made it extremely safe. This is considered not only safe but one of the most reliable ways to replace a tooth.
How long will the tooth replacement process take?
This process will likely happen with 2 phases. This will be spread out over a three to nine-month period. It could take longer if you start with an extraction that needs to heal. In some cases, you may even need bone grafts.
Is this tooth replacement method painful?
This option is actually relatively painless. During the process, the dentist will give you an anesthetic. This will make sure you don’t feel any pain. After it’s done you’ll be prescribed antibiotics and possibly some pain medication. You’ll most likely only deal with minimal discomfort.
What foods can you eat after the surgery?
After your surgery, for the next 2 days, you’ll need to eat soft foods and liquids only. Things like milkshakes, yogurt, smooth soups, and mashed potatoes. On your 3rd day of healing, you can then begin eating foods that require minimal chewing. For example, cooked noodles, macaroni and cheese, and soft sandwiches. During these days avoid crunch or tough foods like rice, pizza, and popcorn. Also, stay away from spicy foods and anything acidic. After about 7 days of your dental implant surgery, you can go back to your regular diet.