When you have serious problems with your teeth, or you have no teeth, there is a way to replace them all with an all-on-four. As the name indicates, all of your new teeth can be supported on four dental implants. With this treatment, you get a fixed prosthesis that requires the dentist to implant four implants in an area that has better bone density- the anterior maxilla. Your four implants would then hold the dental prosthesis in place. The prosthesis will hold from 10 to 14 teeth, and it is put in place soon after the implants are placed. The standard all-on-four prosthesis has a titanium frame and has acrylic dentures.
A Permanent Restorative Solution
Getting an all-on-four prosthesis is a completely permanent solution to getting your teeth replaced. It is not removable, except by the dentist. These prostheses look great and can’t be distinguished from natural teeth. No one will know that you have one unless you tell them about it. They are also treated just like natural teeth with regular brushing and flossing helpful in keeping them clean. Many people also like it that it can’t come out, so you can forget about any slippage or it accidentally coming out with a sneeze. It’s a carefree way to have many teeth replaced at once.
It’s also far easier to get than getting many individual dental implants. It also comes with an easier recovery. Many patients love their implants and benefit greatly from being able to chew, talk, and smile as they did before.
Getting Your All-on-Four
There are several steps involved in getting an Ao4 denture. You can get one of these on one of your dental arches, or you can get two to replace the teeth on both the lower and upper arches. First, Dr. Harrington has to assess your teeth and let you know whether you are a good candidate for this restorative treatment. It is often recommended for those who have all of their upper or lower teeth missing or who have all of those teeth that are damaged with no way of repairing them.
For many patients, they have had some bone loss and may have a hard time getting individual implants. Because of the design of this treatment, and that this uses fewer implants than getting them individually, it requires less bone in order to support it. Many patients who have bone loss get an Ao4 for this very reason. Actually, part of the treatment includes reducing the bone in the area so that there is enough room for the prosthesis to be put into place.
First, there is an initial consultation to make sure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. Then, there is a period of mouth preparation for the implants to be installed. You may also get an impression made during this time so that the prosthesis can be made. Then, there is the implant surgery itself. Lastly, there is the fitting of the actual prosthesis.
If you have lost all of your upper or lower teeth, or you need to have them removed, come in for a consultation and find out whether an all-on-four prosthesis may be right for you. At North Florida Dentistry, we always keep you comfortable during any procedure that you have, and this one is no exception.