If you have lost all or most of your teeth, you may consider having a full arch of either upper, lower or both sets of teeth placed on four dental implants.
Whilst implant-supported dentures and bridges do provide support, Dentists & Doctor’s All-on-4 ® procedure may offer you the long term stable solution with no removable parts and the comprehensive results you are looking for.
If you have lost all or most of your teeth, you may want to consider All-On-4® dental implants. This surgical treatment can help permanently restore the function and appearance of your smile.
We encourage you to book your appointment at Dentists & Doctors to discuss your options. All-On-4® may be the long-term stable solution you desire.
There are several ways you can treat missing teeth. You can obtain a set of dentures, which you can use during the day and take out at night. You can have these dentures implant-supported, meaning they click into place more securely. Or, you can opt for an implant-supported bridge, also known as multi-teeth implants, for localised surgery.
However, these options do not cover everything. While dentures and implant-supported dentures provide support, you might find you want a more permanent solution, especially if you are missing all or most of your teeth. The same goes for implant-supported bridges: a great solution for local support, but less so for a full set of teeth.
The All-On-4® Dental Implants Procedure procedure provides an effective, comprehensive solution to your dental needs, whether you’re missing all of your teeth or you will be soon. By placing two titanium screws into the front of your jawbone, and two at the back on an angle, the implants are able to sturdily support a full set of teeth. What’s more, there is no need for bone grafting and the extended healing time which comes with it: the angle of the implants mean they have greater contact with your existing bone, meaning far greater stability than other options.
What if you could have new teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth in under 24 hours? It’s possible with All-On-4® dental implants. As the name suggests, all your teeth are supported on four dental implants.
While dentures and implant-supported dentures provide support, you might find you want a more permanent solution - especially if you are missing all or most of your teeth. Similarly, implant-supported bridges may be a great solution for local support, but less so when you require a full set of teeth.
There are several steps involved in the All-On-4® dental implant process:
Our dentists will complete a comprehensive medical and dental assessment. Photos, scans and 3D X-rays are taken to assess your bone structure.
We implement digital smile design to tailor a specific, unique smile for you.
After you are satisfied with your smile design, we begin to place your implants.
Within 24 hours of your surgical procedure, we will place temporary teeth for you to wear for 3 months as your mouth and teeth heal. These will look and feel like natural teeth.
The end result: Finally, your teeth will be fitted on a titanium frame, ready for you to show off.
It is normal to feel apprehensive about a visit to the dentist. We understand, which is why Dentists & Doctors offers dental implant surgery under sedation or general anaesthetic to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure.
At Dentists & Doctors, we offer a comprehensive range of dental implant procedures, including single and multiple dental implants, and implant supported dentures. As one of the most trusted dental clinics in Geelong, our dentists will treat you with the care and respect that you deserve.
Book an appointment today to discuss your oral health concerns with our professionals.
In an All-On-4® dental implant procedure, a patient’s set of upper and lower teeth are restored with only four implants. These implants provide the support required to place a set of permanent teeth.
The All-On-4® dental implants procedure usually requires the patient to be under general anaesthesia as it is a surgical procedure. However, when the anaesthesia wears off, the patient might experience discomfort such as swelling and minor aches for a few days.
Special painkiller medications can be prescribed to patients to alleviate pain.
The All-On-4® treatment can be recommended for anyone that needs a permanent dental restoration for multiple sets of teeth.
The candidate is required to have healthy gums and bone mass to hold the implants. These may include patients that have endured tremendous tooth loss or who want a permanent, long-lasting solution to removable dentures.
For such patients, an All-On-4® treatment can help restore vital facial features, align jaw position and bite force, as well as enhance speech.
With good dental hygiene, maintenance, and care, standard All-On-4® restorations can last indefinitely. However, this is very much dependant on the maintenance of the implants and prosthetics.
Since the All-On-4® implants are tilted within the jaw, the requirement for bone grafting is minimised. The positioning on both the lower and upper jaws is adjusted to ensure maximum functionality and to prevent any dental concerns like cavities from forming.
For this reason, it’s necessary for the dentist to analyse the bone structure to see if they are a fit for the procedure.
Initially, the dentist starts with an examination of the patient’s overall oral health to determine whether they are the right fit for the procedure. Once the patient qualifies, the dentist proceeds with the surgery.
During a standard All-On-4® procedure, the dentist fixes a set of four implants and provisional teeth on top for a period of 3 months as the gum and bones heal. After the surgery, the mouth is left to recover while the implants integrate firmly with the jawbone.
Following the recovery, the dentist creates the permanent teeth made of either zirconia, acrylic or ceramic. These are then fixed permanently over the frame resulting in a complete restoration of the patient’s teeth.
Patients can also opt for sleep dentistry as a part of their treatment to help manage their fear or anxiety.
Undergoing a treatment under sleep dentistry means the sedation is supervised by a medical professional who can monitor their condition till the procedure is complete. This is to ensure the overall safety and comfort of the patient.
It’s not usually necessary to remove both upper and lower arches in an All-On-4® treatment if one of them are in good shape. However, if both arches are badly damaged, it’s advisable to get them both replaced in a single treatment. This helps reduce cost of the whole treatment.
The completion time for an All-On-4® treatment can vary on certain factors. Ideally, the patient can expect to get a full restoration of their implants within 24 hours with their temporary teeth.
Within the said time period, the patient will have their All-On-4® teeth permanently fitted into the implants. The treatment duration might, however, increase if the patient requires any add-ons to be done.
Compared to regular implants where having a firm jawbone is necessary, All-On-4® implants can be placed strategically to manage a single dental arch. This means a dentist can find an ideal foundation in the jawbone to insert the All-On-4® implants.
We invite you to book your appointment today at Dentists & Doctors. We can’t wait to see you smiling again in no time!
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