Thanks to a novel approach known as All-on-4, an oral surgeon can restore your smile in just a few hours by placing four dental implants in your jaw to secure an entire denture. Many patients can be fitted with a temporary appliance after the dental implants are in place.
If you are considering All-on-4 to restore your smile after tooth loss, it can be helpful to know what to expect from the procedure and how to care for your oral health afterward to reduce your risk of post-operative complications. You should also consider the many advantages of this treatment approach.
All-on-4 Procedure: What To Expect
The All-on-4 procedure involves the placement of four dental implants near the front of the jaw. This dental implant location maximizes the available bone, as bone near the back of the jaw erodes more quickly following tooth loss.
In placing the dental implants, the oral surgeon makes a small incision in the gum tissue and creates space in the bone underneath to accommodate the implant. In addition to local anesthetic at the implant site, the patient can also receive sedation for ultimate comfort.
The All-on-4 procedure takes just a few hours, and often, the patient can be fitted with a prosthetic denture before leaving the office. For this reason, this treatment is sometimes called “Smile in a Day.”
Home Care After All-on-4
If you develop post-operative complications after your All-on-4 procedure, it can threaten the osseointegration process in which the bone fuses with the dental implants and renders them as fixtures in the jaw.
Therefore, you should closely follow all of the post-operative instructions that we provide you regarding self-care at home. Clean the implant site and the rest of your gum tissue as directed and adhere to the dietary recommendations.
If you have any questions about home care after All-on-4 dental implant placement, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and ask.
Benefits Of All-on-4
The compressed treatment timeline is just one of the many benefits associated with All-on-4. In comparison with conventional dentures, All-on-4 performs better in a number of aspects, including:
To take advantage of the benefits of All-on-4, schedule a consultation with our team at Central Oklahoma Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates.