All-on-4 is a simple form of implant-supported dentures for replacing lost teeth or replacement options like removable dentures. The system utilizes the advanced technique of placing four dental implants to support an entire arch of teeth on the upper or lower jaw. The teeth replacement functions and looks like natural teeth. If you are due for the All-on-4, continue reading to know how long the procedure takes.
All-on-4 treatment timeline
All-on-4 consists of four titanium implants placed methodically into different locations on the jawbone. The posts serve as the foundation for an actual dental restoration – a complete arch of prosthetic teeth. The time taken to complete the procedure depends on the dentist, the patient’s condition and if additional procedures like bone grafting will be required. Below is the treatment timeline:
First day: implant surgery
Many patients may find the surgery somewhat unnerving, and that is quite understandable. The anxiety and fear many people have about implant surgery stems from a lack of knowledge of what to expect. Before starting the treatment, the dentist will try to keep the patient as comfortable as possible. Local anesthetic or sedation will be administered to make the process easier for the patient.
Afterward, they will prepare the patient’s mouth for the implants that will be placed. This may include removing any remaining teeth that are damaged. The dentist will also remove infected or diseased gum tissues.
For the implantation, the dentist will make an incision through the gum and insert the implant post into the proper position. Two implants will stay at the front of the arch and two at the back to distribute chewing force over the denture evenly. The posterior screws are usually placed at a 45-degree angle to minimize the need for bone grafting. The implants are placed away from the nerve canal in the lower jaw and sinus cavity in the upper jaw.
If the jawbone lacks adequate density to support the implant, the dentist will perform bone grafting. Once the implants are in place, the dentist will clean the area properly and close the incisions. It often takes about two hours to complete placement on each arch, meaning both the upper and lower jaw should take about four hours in total.
However, as mentioned earlier, every patient is different. After the placement, the dentist will take impressions of the patient’s oral cavity to make the final denture. In some cases, the dentist will attach a temporary denture to the implants, pending the production of the implant-supported dentures.
Second day: denture testing
Once the permanent prosthesis is ready, the patient can try the new teeth on. During the appointment, the dentist will make the necessary adjustments to the new dental prosthesis to meet the patient’s needs. One will be able to tell how the teeth will look after the procedure is complete. The appointment should take between 30 to 60 minutes. If the dentist and the patient are satisfied with the fitting of the dentures, the dentist will screw them on permanently.
The process of getting an All-on-4 is straightforward. To learn more about the treatment and estimated duration, call the dental office to schedule a consultation.
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