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.
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.
How long does All-On-Four implants last?
All-On-Four implant restorations can last for over two decades if cared for properly. The restoration itself will not stain or deteriorate over time. The implant posts are made of durable titanium and will last well beyond 20 years.
How long does it take to get used to All-On-Four dental implants?
It may take a month or two before you are used to your dental implants. This will also depend on the patient and how healthy their mouth was before the procedure. If you had dentures before, it will take less time to get used to your new All-On-Four restoration.
What can’t you eat with All-On-Four dental implants?
Avoid hard and chewy foods for the first few months of getting an All-On-Four dental implant restoration. Hard food can cause pain and discomfort during the healing process. Chewy foods will pull on your implant dentures causing gum pain. You can return to a normal diet after the jaw bone is completely healed around the surgically implanted posts.
How long does All-on-4 take to heal?
It can take anywhere from three to six months for the jaw bone to heal after the dentist places dental implants. The implants act as a replacement for missing teeth once they have fully fused with the jawbone.
How painful are All-on-4 dental implants?
All-on-4 implants are less painful than patients expect, according to most of those who have them. You can choose between local anesthesia and IV sedation.
Does food get stuck under all-on-4 implants?
Just like natural teeth, All-on-4 dental implants can withstand most diets without breaking down. You won’t have limits to foods you can eat. All-on-4 dental implants allow you to eat and drink whatever you like after you have them.