4-in-1 IMPLANTED DENTURE
All-on Four: One full arch of teeth
The description below applies to 2-in-1 and 3-in-1
The difference is the use of your palate
Multiple appointments needed
To fully understand this technique for replacing teeth, you must first understand what a dental implant is. An implant is a small titanium screw, called a post, which is surgically inserted inside the patient’s jawbone and replaces the root-part of a missing tooth. Once the post is in place, a waiting period from 3 to 6 months is required for the second step. Here, another piece of the implant, called an abutment, is attached to the post and a crown is fashioned and attached to give you a highly realistic-looking and functional prosthetic tooth. In rare cases, some bone loss will have to be addressed before the post can be installed. If this is the case, bone grafting will be required and can add an additional 3 months to the overall process.
The beauty of an all-on-four treatment is that you do not need a dental implant for each and every one of your missing teeth. All you need is four precisely placed implants on the top of your mouth, and four on the bottom, to restore your full smile. Since the implant is made of titanium, it has the unique ability to fuse to living bone and function as part of it. So eventually, the dental implant becomes part of the jawbone and serves as a strong, long-lasting foundation for your new teeth.
Once the healing process outlined above for the implants is complete, a new permanent denture is fashioned and installed onto the previously installed posts. During the overall waiting period, the patient will be fitted with a set of temporary dentures to prevent the disruption of lifestyle.
While more expensive that the traditional dentures, the cost of the all-on-four denture is considerably less that a full set of implants. In addition, unlike traditional dentures, there is no acrylic dome in the roof of the mouth. As such, the patient is able to keep his or her sense of taste, which is a big plus in the eyes of most patients considering dentures.
If you are considering the all-on-four dentures, our staff will gladly provide you with a treatment plan and price to complete the work.