All-on-4 Dental Implants
Ellen Stirling Dental
for All-on-4 Implants in Western Australia
- Initial Consultation: The first stage of this dental procedure will be an initial consultation with your dentist. We will examine your mouth and do a CT scan during this appointment. This scan allows us to determine whether you are a good candidate for implants. We’ll also assess the density of your jaw bone to determine where the implants should be placed. Before you agree to anything, we will also discuss alternative therapy alternatives with you.
- Dental Impressions: We will take dental impressions if you are a good candidate for all-on-4 treatment and want to proceed with the treatment. These are delivered to a dental lab, where your new dental bridge is custom-made to fit and appear like real teeth. We may also take panoramic dental x-rays to aid in treatment planning.
- Tooth Removal: If infected teeth or decayed teeth need to be extracted before implants are inserted, it is usually possible to do this on the same day as the operation.
- Dental Implant Surgery: Your mouth will be carefully cleansed after pulling any remaining teeth to remove any damaged tissue and bacteria. Your dentist or oral surgeon will offer a sedative to help you relax throughout the treatment. We will then anaesthetise you so that you will not feel any discomfort. Talk to your dentist during your initial consultation if you want general anaesthesia for your all-on-4 procedure.
To hold the front implants in place, the dentist drills two or more holes at the front of your jaw. Two rear holes, one on each side, are angled to provide more support to the bridge’s back. Your mouth is cleansed again after the implants are implanted, and any incisions are sewn up. Usually, you’ll be fitted with your new teeth on the day of surgery or the next day.
As with natural teeth, dental implants are susceptible to bacterial deterioration and infections. Cleaning all-on-4 dental implants after each meal ensures that food debris is dislodged before it sticks to your replacement teeth and becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. We want to remove any food that remains, remove bacteria that remains over and under the bridge, and prevent the bacteria from hardening onto the bridge and eventually causing mouth odours and implant-related gum disease. Here are a few oral hygiene routine tips for cleaning dental implants:
- Floss your bridge after every meal to remove the food debris that might be stuck under the bridge.
- Brush your dentures with an electric toothbrush. Using an electric toothbrush ensures that the cleaning is thorough and effective.
- Rinse your mouth with water and an alcohol-free antibacterial mouthwash.
- In order to ensure that no bacteria are left in your mouth, clean the top of your tongue and the insides of your cheeks. To clean your tongue, you can either use a tongue scraper or a toothbrush. Both of these can eliminate bacteria on the tongue. Still, most studies find that tongue scrapers are more effective than toothbrushes.
Also, we recommend that you visit your dentist every 2 to 3 months for a professional cleaning. Even though you may be meticulous about removing plaque and debris around your implants, your dentist or hygienist will have better visibility and space to clean under and around the bridge.
The following are the alternatives to all-on-4 dental implants:
- 3 on 6 Implants: Three separate dental bridges are linked to six dental implants in a 3 on 6 dental implant procedure. This restoration is comparable to a dental bridge, but instead of real teeth, it uses artificial roots. Both 3 on 6 and all-on-4 implants provide you with artificial roots and crowns. All-on-4 implants, on the other hand, include synthetic gums, which is a significant distinction. When a patient doesn’t have sufficient bone to sustain an implant, an all-on-4 is the best option. It is also an excellent therapeutic option for patients who have a mix of anomalies, such as missing teeth, insufficient bone, and difficulties with the overlaying tissue. If you simply have a few missing teeth and no combination problems, 3 on 6 implants are usually the best solution.
- Fixed Implant Bridges: Fixed implant bridges use dental implants as the foundation of fixed bridges. Bridges can help retain the contour of your mouth and avoid future dental issues, in addition to maintaining the jawbone and surrounding teeth. Fixed implant bridges are the ideal dental restoration when permanent teeth are lost. Fixed implant bridges are fastened to dental implants for a permanent solution that looks and functions like normal teeth. Removable bridges are created to attach to neighbouring teeth and may be removed for cleaning. A permanent bridge enables natural biting and chewing functionality after it is fitted. Because fixed bridges are glued in place, only a dentist may remove them. Fixed bridges are less expensive than implants, but they do necessitate multiple dental check-ups.
- Implant-supported Dentures: Implant-supported dentures, also known as snap-on or snap-in dentures, are dentures that are supported by dental implants. They are more durable and adaptable than traditional dentures, as they are held in place by dental implants or screws put into your jawbone. The dentures, commonly known as dental overdentures, are then placed. The overdenture can be detachable or fixed permanently, depending on how the overdenture and implants are built. Implant-supported dentures are one of the more economical alternatives to all-on-four dental implants. In fact, they’re about half the price of all-on-four implants.
- Complete Dentures: Complete dentures, also called full dentures, are removable tooth replacements that replace the entire set of teeth in a patient. They’re fully custom-made to match the form and appearance of natural teeth. The chewing process is improved by conventional dentures, which means you can crush, grind, and eat food regularly once more. If your chewing functions were normal prior to denture insertion, they would be significantly reduced compared to natural teeth or implants. Because the bone lacks anchoring, you won’t be able to produce as much chewing force. After all previous tooth repairs have failed, complete dentures are the last resort. False teeth do not prevent bone shrinking, and ill-fitting teeth might sometimes exacerbate it. After tooth loss, only a dental implant will retain the bone and prevent it from shrinking.
All-on-4 dental implant treatment is a durable and attractive alternative to dentures. It is an advanced technique in surgical dentistry for permanently implanting a set of natural-looking teeth. It provides a more modern option to removable dentures and a more straightforward approach to traditional implant operations.
All-on-4 implants last longer and require less maintenance. Patients with dentures need to have them relined and replaced on a regular basis because they no longer fit. It is mainly due to the fact that as people become older, their bone density begins to deteriorate.
Removable dentures also have to be cleaned and soaked daily, which might disrupt one’s everyday lifestyle and social activities. All-on-4 implants allow you to eat, brush, and floss just like natural teeth.
There is a very high success rate with all-on-4 dental implants. However, as with any medical procedure, there are possible risks and complications, including:
- Slow healing process
- Excessive bleeding
- Although rare, dental implants can fail.
- The implants may fail to integrate because of factors such as bone deficiencies, nutritional deficits, smoking, and pre-existing health conditions.