ALL-ON-4 DENTAL IMPLANTS
Dental implants are supports that replace the root of a lost tooth. It consists of a screw made of titanium (placed in the jawbone), the abutment that connects the implant body with the crown, and the crown (the visible part of the tooth).
What Dental Implants can do for you
- Dental implants work and look like natural teeth
- They are biocompatible, which means they are not rejected by the body or toxic.
- They can last for a lifetime with the same care as natural teeth.
- Provide stability to adjacent teeth since they fill the gap between them.
- Gives you back the ability to chew and eat what you want without worries, pain, or discomfort.
- Helps prevent gum disease: a gap between teeth can become a place for food and bacteria that leads to gum disease.
- They are permanent teeth, which eliminates the discomfort of removable dentures.
- Helps prevent bone loss. Dental Implants replace the root of the teeth that gives stimulation for natural bone growth.
The All on 4 treatment consists in placing 4 implants in the lower or upper arch. These implants will act as a support for the placement of a new set of teeth. Once the implants are placed and fixed, a permanent bridge made from zirconium will be attached to the implants to complete the full arch.
The All On 4 technique doesn’t require the same bone density as other dental implant techniques in order to secure the implant.
Steps to get an all-on-4 treatment
The All-on-4 treatment requires two visits in order to get a healthy smile.
The dentist must evaluate the patient’s teeth, gum health, and bone density. To get a full examination, the dentist will make a tomography, digital scan of the teeth, and some X-rays. With this information, he’ll discuss medical information and health condition to determine if there are any issues that need to be addressed before the all-on-4 treatment.
The dentist will also discuss with the patient the goals of the procedure, and provide guidance on the pre-surgery process.
Once the dentist has all the information regarding the patient’s dental health and condition, he’ll provide a personalized treatment plan for the patient to analyze and approve.
The dentist will start the procedure with the patient’s sedation preparation. Then, he’ll extract the teeth that are remaining and remove any excess or damaged gum tissue (when necessary).
He’ll make the incisions into the gums making space for the implants. Once the implants are inserted, the dental surgeon will fill the gum tissue around them and close the incisions that were made. After the incisions are closed, he’s going to place the abutments, a temporary prosthesis will be attached, and the holes will be filled and sealed.
Healing usually takes from 3 to 6 months for the implants to fully integrate with the surrounding bone in the jaw (osseointegration). The patient is recommended to follow a soft-food diet, avoid smoking or drinking alcohol in order to ensure a faster healing process.
The dentist can also provide or prescribe medication for this process.
Once the healing process is completed, the patient can visit the clinic for the final prosthesis. For this step, the dentist will remove the temporary prosthesis and take molds of the gums and implants to place the permanent prosthesis.
Interested in dental implants or an all-on-4 treatment?
Schedule a free virtual consultation with one of our patient coordinators so that you can discuss your needs, answer any questions regarding the treatment, and any other details so that Dr. Barquero can create a personalized treatment plan for you.
To schedule your All On 4 assessment call us at +011(506)7131-0458 today, or fill the form to get in touch with you.