All-on-4® Treatment Concept
Traditional dentures have long been the go-to solution for restoring functionality and aesthetics for those who have lost most or all of their teeth. At Prosthodontics of Princeton we offer an upgraded denture solution with the All-on-4® Treatment Concept system.
Whether patients have been wearing full traditional dentures for years, or they have recently lost their teeth, the All-on-4® Treatment Concept is an effective and efficient restoration option. Even patients who are classified as more medically sensitive are able to get stabilized dentures with four to six strategically placed dental implants.
How Dental Implants Work
The dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Once it has fused successfully with the bone, a process known as osseointegration, it serves as a permanent replacement for the root of the tooth or teeth that are lost. Once the healing process is completed, the implant will now be a permanent part of your mouth. For All-On-4® dentures, between four and six dental implants will be used to provide support.
The Importance of Stabilizing Dentures with Dental Implants
The process of stabilizing dentures with dental implants requires a minimally invasive surgery and can be a costly consideration. With this in mind, it can be easy to wonder if it is worth going through with the procedure and the expense. However, there are some factors to consider when thinking about whether it is worth investing in. Dentures can be difficult to wear and simply won’t feel or function as your natural teeth did. Traditional dentures are known to be loose, move around and even cause a fair amount of discomfort as the jaw begins to change due to the loss of natural teeth.
Supporting your dentures with dental implants can change all of this for patients. Dentures that are supported by implants will not shift or move around in your mouth. They will offer the closest look and feel to natural teeth. You will also be able to increase the types of foods that you can chew with ease. Patients who get implants to support their dentures report feeling a considerable boost in comfort and confidence.
Before Hybrid Implant Placement
After Hybrid Implant Placement
Possibilities, Even With Low Bone Volume
One of the things that is an essential factor to dental implant surgery is to ensure that there is sufficient bone for the implant to be placed into. Patients who have missing teeth quite often have bone regression.
The All-On-4® Treatment Concept differs from other dental implant procedures. This treatment may make use of dental implants that are longer than the standard implants. The implants are also placed into the bone at an angle in order to capture the denser bone.
By taking the angled route with the two implants placed in the posterior of the mouth, and with the use of longer implant posts, there is an increase in bone-to-implant contact. This effectively eliminates the need for patients to undergo a bone graft.
The Surgical Procedure
At Prosthodontics of Princeton, we work as a team with the dental surgeon to fabricate the All-On-4® Denture. Typically the restorative dentist from Prosthodontics of Princeton will go to the office of the surgeon for the initial placement of the temporary implant supported denture along with our lab technician.
Your comfort will be assured through every step of the procedure with sedation options that will best meet your needs. Once you are comfortable, the implants will be surgically implanted into the bone. A specialized drill will be used to make the necessary holes in the bone. The implants will be set in place and sutures will be used to close the incisions on the gums.
Once the implants have been placed, the restorative dentist from Prosthodontics of Princeton will continue the process of fabricating the initial implant supported denture. Working with the lab technician, we will create the temporary implant supported denture. Thus, at this appointment, the implants and the dentures will be placed at the same time. This means that you will leave the surgery with fully stabilized dentures.
Recovering From Surgery
The healing process after having dental implants surgically implanted is quite similar to the healing process expected after other types of dental surgeries. There may be some minor discomfort felt in the first few postoperative days. Be sure to take the pain relieving medications as directed by the surgeon placing the implants. You may want to consider soft foods that will allow the bone healing process to continue without additional discomfort.
The Second Phase of Treatment for the All-On-4®
After a healing period of 3-4 months, the patient is ready for the final implant supported denture. Unlike the initial implant supported denture, the final is constructed with a strong, metal frame to support the replacement teeth. These appointments are completed at Prosthodontics of Princeton.
Streamlining the Process
The All-On-4® Treatment Concept allows for a streamlined process for getting implant supported dentures. You will be able to get the smile and functionality you are looking for in much less time. This is why the treatment is often referred to as “Teeth in a Day".
Get the smile that you deserve with stable dentures from Prosthodontics of Princeton. Call us at 609-924-1975 to schedule your consultation.