If you are missing a full arch of teeth, you do not need to replace every single tooth with a dental implant. However, by incorporating a few dental implants into your treatment plan, you can get all of the benefits that you want out of implant dentistry via the All-On-Four procedure. All-On-Four allows our dentists to maximize the effectiveness of your dental restoration. Instead of replacing your full arch of teeth using just external dentures, All-On-Four allows us to firmly secure a full set of prosthetic teeth into your smile for increased chewing and speaking functionality.
All-On-Four Dental Implants in Hanover, MD
You can replace a full arch of teeth with just four strategically placed dental implants. This process is known as the All-On-Four procedure. During this procedure, only four dental implants are placed on either your top or bottom teeth. The dental implants act as anchors for your dentures, holding them securely in place. Once your implants are fully healed, your set of custom prosthetic teeth will be permanently attached to them.
After the implants are placed, how long will I have to wait for a fully restored smile?
Dental implants take anywhere from three to six months to fully heal. We will not place your final restoration until the implants have fully fused together with your jawbone. In the meantime, we will provide you with a temporary set of teeth to be worn until your permanent restoration is prepared. Following your surgical procedure, one of our experienced dental implant specialists will review the All-On-Four aftercare recommendations to ensure that you are informed on how to care for your smile during this transitional phase.
How are All-On-Four dental implants different from traditional dentures?
All-On-Four dental implants provide patients with a restoration that is secured directly into their own jaw. This allows the dental restoration to look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Traditional dentures have no internal support, and rely only on suctioning to your soft tissues to hold themselves in place. With the support of just four dental implants, your set of prosthetic teeth can be transformed into a fully functioning smile.