All-on-4 refers to the process of getting four dental implants to support a single denture. The denture replaces your upper or lower row of teeth. Getting All-on-4 is much safer and better for your jawbone structure by using four evenly-spaced implants instead of one per tooth.
By using four implants to support a denture instead of many more, you have a lower healing time, a better treatment outcome, and permanent results. You also avoid damaging the jawbone.
Dental implants are posts, usually made of biocompatible titanium or ceramic, that sit in your jawbone to support custom restorations. The team at Los Gatos Dental Specialists designs and creates your dentures to look extremely natural in your smile by mimicking the original appearance of your natural teeth.
All-on-4 implants are great for individuals who have lost most or all of their teeth to a traumatic injury, an oral health issue like gum disease, or aging.
If you still have a few natural teeth in your mouth, you can talk to your dentist about either keeping them in place or removing them to make way for All-on-4 implants with dentures.
Ahead of your treatment at Los Gatos Dental Specialists, you come in for a treatment consultation. The team examines your mouth thoroughly and even uses X-ray imaging to view the jawbone and the insides of your teeth.
Before you get All-on-4, they treat any existing oral health issues and make sure you can commit to a dedicated oral hygiene routine.
Preparing for All-on-4 is similar to preparing for any dental implant placement procedure. During your treatment consultation, the team lets you know if you need to treat any infections or other complications first.
Then, they give you instructions to follow while you get ready for your implant surgery. These might include:
The team also tells you what to expect for your aftercare so you can take any necessary steps to prepare your home for the recovery process, like buying softer foods or stocking your cupboard with over-the-counter pain relievers.
To schedule a consultation for All-on-4 dental implants, call Los Gatos Dental Specialists or book an appointment online today.