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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.

ALL-ON-4

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.

First Visit

Consultation

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.

Treatment plan

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.

Implant surgery

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 process

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.

Second Visit

Final prosthesis

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.

A comfortable and convenient option for those with missing or damaged teeth.

FAQs

Dental implants are a viable option for many people, but they aren’t suitable for all patients. Before you get the procedure, Dr. Barquero must examine your dental health, determine if there is sufficient bone in you jaw, and if there’s any gum disease present.

The All-on-4 treatment is most suitable for patients with a full arch of missing teeth, or patients who need or plan to have natural teeth removed and replaced with implants.

The first stage of the procedure usually takes from 2 to 4 hours depending on the patient. The patient can return to the hotel or house the same day.

Dental Implants can last up to 25 years depending on your dental habits and how much you take care of your teeth. 

A normal dental care routine is all you need: brushing and flossing twice a day, plus twice yearly visits to the dentist is enough.

Implants work the same as natural teeth, so there’s no need for special cleanings or appointments with the All-on-6.

During the healing phase with your temporary teeth (between stage 1 and stage 2) , you might need to avoid hard or sticky foods, but afterwards the routine is the same as in natural teeth.

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.

Dr. Delfin Barquero Dentistry