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When it comes to replacing damaged or missing teeth, there are many options available. Although dentures can restore the function of your teeth, they are often ill-fitting and may even shift or slip out of place. However, with All-on-4 dental implants in Central Arkansas, our dentists can restore your smile with permanent implants that will never feel uncomfortable or move out of place.
What Are All-on-4 Implants?
All-on-4 dental implants function as permanent dentures. For this reason, they’re also called All-on-4 dentures. They consist of four implants attached to a dental appliance that’s surgically attached to the jawbone. The dental implants function exactly like your natural teeth, offering unsurpassed chewing ability, stability, and comfort in comparison to other replacement options.
How Much Does the All-on-4 Procedure Cost?
There isn’t a fixed amount that determines your All-on-4 dental implants cost, so the total cost will be different for each patient. Since the procedure is much less invasive in comparison to traditional implants and fewer implants are required to complete the restoration, All-on-4 implants typically cost less than other replacement options. Our in-office financing plans can help you manage the cost of All-on-4 implants, and our dentists can give you an estimate of your total costs after an examination in our office. Contact us today to make an appointment.
How Do All-on-4 Implants Work?
When you receive All-on-4 implants, four dental implants are attached to a full bridge or denture, which can be securely placed on the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both, if necessary. Before placing the implants, any existing teeth are extracted. During the procedure, your dentist will place four small posts into the jawbone. Two of the posts are inserted at the front of the mouth while the other two posts are inserted near the back of the mouth. Your dentist will place the posts at a 45-degree angle. This allows them to go further into the jawbone, helping to preserve bone density in your jaw, while adding more stability. You’ll be placed under sedation to ensure you’re comfortable during the procedure.
The posts are made of a material that’s fully compatible with bone, ensuring you heal quickly once the procedure has been completed. Most patients will receive a temporary denture during the healing process. After you’ve fully healed and the implants are fully secured in the jawbone, you’ll come back for another appointment so your dentist can permanently attach the denture to your implants.
You may be able to receive All-on-4 implants in a single appointment. Ask your All-on-4 dentist for more information.
What to Know About All-on-4 Before and After
During your consultation, your dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth and discuss your All-on-4 treatment plan. If you have any existing dental issues, they will be treated before proceeding with the All-on-4 implants. Once you’re ready to receive All-on-4 implants, an impression of your upper and lower jaws is made. The molds are sent to a dental laboratory to fabricate a dental bridge that attaches to the implants. These permanent teeth are designed to match the unique shape of your mouth and teeth.
Once you’ve received your temporary set of teeth, your dentist will provide you with aftercare instructions that must be followed to help your gums and jaw heal. Patients are instructed to follow a soft diet for the first few weeks and should completely refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol during the healing process. Patients should also brush and floss daily. It’s normal to experience pain after the dental implants are placed. Your dentist may prescribe pain medication or suggest over-the-counter pain relievers to relieve any discomfort. These aftercare instructions should be closely followed to ensure healthy healing and prevent infection.
What Is the Difference Between All-on-4 Implants and Traditional Implants?
One of the primary differences between All-on-4 dental implants compared to traditional implants is the number of implants needed per dental arch. Traditional dental implants can require as many as 10 implants per dental arch, but All-on 4 implants only use 4 implants. As well, bone grafting is typically required to replace missing jawbone before traditional dental implants can be placed. Bone grafts aren’t necessary with All-on-4 implants since the procedure can be completed with less jawbone density, so you can achieve a beautiful smile without the lengthy recovery time.
What Is the Difference Between All-on-4 Implants and Dentures?
There are many differences between traditional dentures and All-on-4 implants. Regular dentures must be removed every day for cleaning, and they require adhesive to stay in place, which can be messy and time-consuming. Additionally, they fit improperly and feel uncomfortable since they’re placed on top of your gums. All-on-4 dentures are securely attached to your jawbone, so you can have a stable and secure fit without the worry associated with slipping or shifting dentures. All-on-4 implants can also preserve bone density in your jaw, allowing you to maintain the natural shape of your jawline. Since All-on-4 implants function just like your natural teeth, you can brush and floss normally.
Where Can I Get All-on-4 Implants?
If you’re wondering, “Where can I receive All-on-4 dental implants near me?” look no further than our dental office. Our experienced dentists are thoroughly trained in providing All-on-4 implants and have helped patients improve their confidence and the appearance of their smiles. Call us today to learn more about how you can transform your smile with All-on-4 implants.