All-on-4s involve four strategically placed implants that hold a denture plate in place. If your denture is constantly slipping or falling out and you’re tired of using adhesive gels, creams and strips, all-on-4s may be the answer you’re looking for. These implants are placed deep into the bone, allowing them to bond naturally with your body over the course of a few short months. Once healed, the denture can be placed on top and will snap into place.
What is All-On-Four Dental Implants
Dr. Deluca explains what an All-On-Four Dental implants, and what they can be used for.
Why are All-On-4s needed?
The reason all-on-4s may be needed is because you have a denture that is ill-fitting and slips or falls out a lot during the day. This might occur for a variety of reasons, but all-on-4s can help to put a stop to the frustration. Only four implants are needed per arch to keep the denture in place. Once the implants have been given time to heal, a new pair of dentures is made specifically to fit over the implants.
What makes you a good candidate for All-On-4s?
In order to have the all-on-4 procedure, you’ll need to undergo oral surgery to place the implants. You must be healthy enough to have oral surgery and have the ability to heal properly after the procedure has been done. Prior to having any implant surgery, an exam and series of x-rays is required to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. In some cases, a bone graft may be needed so that the implants can be supported by an adequate amount of bone.
What can be expected during the procedure for All-On-4s?
Before the procedure, we’ll take several x-rays and images of your teeth and mouth. This allows us to identify underlying bone structure where the implants will be placed. The procedure involves placing these implants deep into the bone and suturing the gum tissue to give it time to heal. Implants can heal within three to six months and undergo a process known as osseointegration, which simply means that the post of the implant has bonded with your bone. Once the implants have healed fully, a new specially-made denture is created so that it can snap onto the implants.
If you are interested in all-on-4 implants and want to learn more about this option, call our office today and one of our staff members can further assist you.