What is All-on-Four dental Implants?
All-on-Four dental implants present a simpler method of replacing multiple missing teeth using advanced materials and techniques. If you’re considering this as a replacement for your natural teeth, one of the concerns could be the recovery time. Unlike other dental restorations like dentures that have long recovery times of say, three months to a year, most patients can go back to work and continue with their daily routine in a couple of days after the All-on-Four procedure. The All-on-Four recovery time is much faster because one, the implant is placed in just one shot and it bonds with the jawbone. When you leave the recovery room, gauze will be placed on the surgery sites, which can be removed when the bleeding has stopped in an hour. On the same day after surgery, avoid doing anything that irritates the tender areas of the moth, and only use the medicated rinse prescribed to rinse off. A day after the surgery, you can rinse off your mouth with salty water if the bleeding persists. For the rest of the week, avoid hard labour or strenuous physical activity like bending over, raising your head too quickly or lifting heavy objects. Eat softer foods for the next 3 -4 days so that you don’t irritate the surgical site. Avoid smoking since it prolongs, and even prevents healing.
No medical procedure is completely without problems. We’ll go over some problems that people may experience with the All-on-Four procedure. • Surgical complications: These are the common potential risks involved in any surgical procedure such as the risk for infection, poor healing, prolonged bleeding, and discomfort. • Dental implants that do not integrate with your bone: This often happens when there are certain risk factors such as smoking, poor nutrition, and poor bone density. The implant can be removed in order to allow the site to heal and then placed again. • Dental implants that fail: This happens rarely but when it occurs, it’s usually because of untreated gum disease. Taking good care of the implants by brushing and flossing regularly as well as going for dental check-ups will prevent implant failure. • Dental restorations that break are also a rare occurrence. In fact, it’s shown that only 1% of dentures break. When this happens, a repair procedure can be done or the dentist may recommend replacing the denture altogether. • Lastly, there are people who experience some difficulty adapting to the dental restorations. This is rare but when it happens, the restorations may have to be removed. We take all necessary measures to prevent all these complications when performing the All-on-Four procedure.
Before the All-on-Four procedure begins, the dental surgeon will discuss with you certain potential implant problems even if there’s a minor chance that this may happen to you. First, the implant may refuse to fuse with the bone, a situation that’s often known as ‘implant failure’. This can be a source of frustration to both the patient and the dentist but there’s a very low risk of occurrence. The good news is, if failure does occur, more often than not, a new implant can be placed again and still stand a high chance of integrating into the bone. Another common problem occurs when the site is infected. This may occur due to contamination during the surgery or if the patient had one of the risk factors. You may want to look out for signs of infection such as an implant that is loose or wobbly, bad taste in the mouth, foul breath, red gums around the implant, pus or bleeding around the implant. There are also patient medical conditions that can increase the risk of implant failure. For instance, if the patient has osteoporosis or a compromised immune system, there’s an increased risk of complications after the surgery. Lifestyle factors such as smoking, drinking and poor hygiene can also prevent one from a successful implant procedure
Benefits of the All-on-Four dental implants in Barrie
High Success Rate:
The titanium implants used in All-on-Four treatment are placed in your jawbone which helps to preserve the structural integrity of the jawbone. This gives your face a better-looking structure over the years.
This dental implant procedure is done using an innovative system that is designed to give you a brand new set of teeth in just one sitting. It’s less costly and not as time-consuming as other implant procedures. Your smile can look whole again in a single session.
No Grafting is Needed:
This procedure is known to have shorter treatment times as the titling of posterior implants prevents the need to perform the time-consuming bone grafting process. Not only does this concept offer long-term results but is also least costly compared to other implant treatment procedures. Many patients with failed dentition are good candidates for the All-on-Four treatment.
Much Better-Looking Dentures:
A full mouth of teeth allows you to speak without being conscious, chew and digest food properly. This treatment allows the individual to have a new lease of life without the complications of dentures that can slip off or ruin your confidence. The implants are secured to your jawbone so there’s no risk of having an embarrassing moment. You just take care of them like your natural teeth. It’s amazing how one treatment can boost your overall quality of life.
Are you a candidate for All on Four Dental Implants?
All-on-Four dental implants are not suitable for everyone. If you are missing a tooth or you have deteriorated teeth, getting individual implants would be a better solution.
However, your dentist may recommend All-On-Four implants if you meet any of the following circumstances:
- If you miss several teeth on the lower or upper jawbone
- If you have several damaged teeth on the lower or upper jawbone
- If you experience discomfort when wearing dentures
- If you’re planning on replacing your dentures to get a more permanent and comfortable solution
All-On-Four Dental Implants – What Is It?
The All-On-Four dental treatment was first introduced by Dr. Paulo Malo in 1998 When he successfully treated his first patient. In 2004, Nobel Biocare launched the All-on-Four treatment concept. Since then, this cost-efficient, graftless procedure has been used to treat thousands of patients with fixed full-arch restorations.
The All-On-Four concept uses two straight anterior implants as well as two implants tilted up to 45 degrees in the posterior. The posterior implants are tilted to utilize available bone and avoid grafting. The 4 implants are secured to the lower or upper jaw. The implants are then used to attach a new set of replacement teeth that give you a brand new smile.
In this procedure, there’s no need to place one titanium implant after another for each missing tooth. This helps to reduce the cost and time spent on dental implant procedures. The process is often less painful than the removable dentures or standard implants. The best part is, the patient walks out of the dental clinic feeling more confident with a full set of natural-looking teeth. The quick and seamless procedure must be done by highly experienced and licensed dentists to bring out the best results.
We are a Family Friendly Practice
At Molson Park Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.
With traditional dentures, recovery takes 3 to 8 months. All-On-4 denture offers quick recovery because the implants start fusing to the bone and promote stability of the denture from the very first day. You can expect full function much sooner.
In the first hour after you stop bleeding, you will have the gauze packs placed on the areas of surgery. You need to bite down on the gauze to keep them in place. You may be asked to remove the gauze within the first hour unless you are still bleeding. You should not do anything that may disturb the tender areas on the first day. You should not touch or rinse the areas of the surgery either. Brush with a soft toothbrush and don’t smoke. Keeping your mouth as clean as possible on the first day is highly recommended. The dentist will prescribe rinsing medication to keep the bacterial load in your mouth low. If after 24 hours you still have minimal bleeding, rinse your mouth with saltwater.
In the days following the surgery, you should spend time resting. Avoid any strenuous activity like lifting heavy objects or bending over as these activities could cause swelling or bleeding. Transition from lying down positions to standing slowly to avoid lightheadedness. You have to avoid exercise for at least 3 to 4 days after the procedure.
Post Procedure Issues
After getting your All-On-4 dental implants you may deal with the following issues.
If you still experience persistent bleeding, you are most likely biting down on the gauze packs without actually covering the area of the surgery. Reposition the gauge and if bleeding continues, sit upright and avoid any physical activity. Placing ice packs on the outside of your mouth can help. Call your dentist if bleeding doesn’t stop.
This is very normal after surgery and will climax after 2 to 3 days after the procedure. Placing cold packs on the cheek, within the first 24 hours after surgery, can help control swelling. Place the cold pack 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Medication may be prescribed to reduce swelling.
This is unavoidable when it comes to surgery. Pain medicine will be prescribed by your dentist. Take the medication as prescribed to reduce discomfort. Call your dentist if the pain feels out of control.
Avoid hard as well as hot foods. Chewing is not recommended if sensation to your tongue hasn’t returned. Take liquids/pureed foods in the first few days.
Nausea can be caused by accidentally swallowed blood and the medication you are taking. Crackers and carbonated drinks can help tone down nausea.
You will notice brushing or discoloration on the areas of the surgery after 2 to 3 days. This is normal.
Sharp Sensations in Your Mouth
This is caused by bony walls that supported the missing teeth. Small bone pieces may protrude through the gums after a few days after surgery. Contact your dentist if it is concerning.
Your lips are expected to be dry and a bit stretched due to the wearing of the gauze. A hydrating ointment can help.
This is a common but passing symptom.
Wearing the gauze can cause jaw muscles to become stiff. Stretching the jaw every once in a while, can help.
Common Problems with All-On-4 Dental Implants
After healing you may run into some problems. Here are the most prevalent of them.
Every type of surgery has some level of risk involved. Complications with All-On-4 procedures include poor healing, infection as well as profuse bleeding. Your dentist will do everything possible to avoid the risks. Keep an eye on these complications after surgery and inform your dentist of abnormal changes.
Dental Implants Not Integrating with Your Bone
There are cases where your bone and the new dental implants fail to integrate. There are several factors that affect how well the implants integrate with the bone. The quality of your bone density, smoking habits as well as your nutrition can significantly affect how implants integrate. If an implant fails to work with your bone, the dentist will have to remove it and allow the area to heal before inserting a new dental implant.
Considering the high success rate of dental implants, this is a very rare case but it can occur. In this case, your dentist will replace the implants. A failed implant is mainly caused by gum disease. This can be avoided by taking good care of your dental implants and the gums. Regular checkups will also help.
Can you eat anything you like after the surgery?
While some people will go on to eat what they prefer after surgery, it’s recommended that you watch what you eat immediately after the procedure as the new teeth are yet to settle in. Your dentist will advise regarding this.
Will I be sedated during the procedure?
For the procedure to be relaxing and comfortable for you, conscious sedation is required. This helps to minimize pain and recover quickly after, unlike full sedation.
How do I take care of my new teeth after surgery?
Your dentist will give aftercare instructions during your visit. Typically, your new teeth should be treated just like the rest of your natural teeth. You’ll need to brush two to three times a day for at least 2 minutes each time. The new teeth will also need professional cleaning two times a year.
Will the teeth be extracted at the same time?
Dentists usually prefer performing the extractions on the same day as the dental implantation. This is done to reduce bone loss. If you wait too long after a tooth extraction to have the implants, the jawbone structure may change making the implantation procedure more complex.
Is the procedure painful?
There’s only slight pain or discomfort involved in this procedure. Any pain or bleeding should subside in about 3 days.
How will your new teeth look like?
If you have an ideal smile, bring it to your dentist during the consultation so that he/she can try to include as many aesthetic characteristics as possible without compromising on quality. Your dentist will also show you photos of previous patients who’ve had a similar surgery done to help you envision your new set of teeth.
How many implants should be used?
The number of implants that are ideal for the patient depends on their unique situation. Every case is unique and hence the dentist will recommend what’s suitable for you. If you choose 6 implants, you may require bone grafting which costs more money than just having 4 implants.
How long does it take for the implants to fuse with the jawbone?
It takes about 4 to 7 months for the standard implants to osseointegrate with the jawbone. However, with this procedure, the implants are already connected to a titanium bar which helps to enhance stability. This means that the patient can enjoy a full set of new teeth immediately after the surgery is done.
How long will the procedure take?
The procedure usually takes a few hours to be completed. The time may vary from patient to patient. The dentist may start by taking some CT scans and x-rays. For some patients, tooth extractions must be done first after which the titanium implants are inserted and temporary teeth are then placed. These temporary teeth are later replaced by permanent teeth.