All On 4 Downey CA
All-on-4 dental implants can fill in multiple missing spaces in your smile with a complete reconstruction. A fixed implant set is fitted in the jaw, providing a solid foundation holding replacement teeth in place.
Dental Implants vs. All-on-4 Implants
A typical dental implant is a small titanium screw placed in the jawbone and fixed in place by a set of teeth or a single tooth. If you have this dental implant, you will need six to eight implant posts to support a fixed bridge. The full arch requires two implants at the front of the mouth and two at the back.
However, if you have a weak jaw, with reduced bone density, this method can do more harm than good, especially when the dentist has to place posterior implants. An All-on 4 implant reduces the healing and rehabilitation process since it requires fewer implants. These are more flexible, so they fit easily.
How Patients Are Prepped For All-on-4 Treatments
Once the dentist determines that the patient is a viable candidate for the treatment, they will plan the dental implant placement by determining the shape and orientation of the replacement teeth. The aim is to ensure the ideal fit and optimum comfort for the patient and stabilize the set.
The dentist will measure the natural gum lines, how much ridge reduction is required, and how serious the under or overbite is (if any). You may need a ridge reduction if the dentist thinks they need space to accommodate the replacement prosthesis and ensure a natural look. They will remove some bone from the bottom and top jaw to do that.
The dentist may also need bite impressions from both the bottom and top jaw to determine the dimensions for the All-on-4 procedure. Wax dentures are made from these molds to determine the best fit and placement for temporary implants. The surgery will commence when all necessary components are ready.
Benefits of All-on-4 Dental Implants
Here are some of the best benefits of All-on-4 dental implants you can expect from the procedure:
Natural And Secure Teeth
Dental implants placed via All-on-4 look, feel, and function like natural teeth and don't need to be removed like dentures. You can sleep, eat, and talk normally without thinking twice about them.
Set In A Single Session
Since All-on-4 dental implants comprise just four implants, the procedure can be completed in a single session. This reduces the surgery time, and thus reduces anxiety during the dental procedure.
No Bone Grafting Required
Bone grafting can be painful, invasive, and time-consuming - three factors that can cause anxiety in patients. Fortunately, there is no need for this step with the All-on 4 since the procedure just requires a strong bone at the front of the jaw.
All-on 4 dental implants are a great option for anyone missing multiple teeth and nervous about dental procedures. Contact Dr. James P. McAndrews, DDS, FACS at Downey Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for a consultation today by calling 562-459-3311.