All-On-4 – Jupiter, FL
An Excellent Way to Fully Restore a Smile!
Losing all of your teeth can really hurt your confidence as well as your ability to speak and chew your favorite foods. In these cases, an All-on-4 procedure can be life-changing. A full arch of false teeth is supported by only 4 dental implants, providing excellent stability and a strong bite. Dr. Shane loves using All-on-4 in Jupiter to give patients a fully-functional, beautiful smile; he’d do it every day if he could! If you’re facing life with missing teeth, make an appointment at Jupiter Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry to see if All-on-4 is right for you.
How Do All-on-4 Implants Work?
Traditional dentures rest directly on the gums and are held in place by suction or some form of adhesive. By contrast, All-on-4 secures the denture to the jaw using 4 metal implant posts surgically attached to the bone and secured thanks to a natural process called osseointegration.
Not only will the implants hold your new teeth firmly in place, but your jawbone won’t suffer from the bone loss that typically occurs when teeth are missing. You’ll be able to enjoy a fully restored smile while avoiding many of the limitations of removeable dentures.
Am I a Candidate for All-on-4 Implants?
All-on-4 is used for patients who need to replace all of their teeth. One key point of the procedure is that the posterior implants (the ones in the back) are placed at a 45-degree angle, allowing them to take advantage of the greater bone density in certain areas of the jaw. This reduces the need for grafting in patients who have already experienced bone loss.
Generally, your mouth needs to be infection-free before a dentist in Jupiter can place implants; it’s also important for your body to be able to heal properly. Dr. Shane can check the current state of your oral health before deciding whether All-on-4 is a good option in your case.
Benefits of All-on-4 Implants
- Excellent Longevity: If you take good care of your implants and continue your regular dental visits, they can last for decades – sometimes even the rest of your life!
- A Healthy Jawbone: Getting dental implants in Jupiter can stop your jawbone from deteriorating by restoring blood flow in the area. Not only will this help keep your jaw strong, but it will also help you maintain a more youthful look.
- Eat What You Like: The chewing power provided by implants is almost on par with natural teeth; you can enjoy all of your favorite meals without having to worry about your false teeth slipping.
All-on-4 VS Traditional Dental Implants
Traditional implant procedures sometimes require bone grafting before the implants can be placed. Thanks to the strategic placement of the posts in All-on-4, the need for such surgeries is greatly reduced; it can be a great way to save you time and money.
Additionally, you might have to wait several months before receiving prosthetic teeth with a traditional approach. In most cases, All-on-4 will allow for a temporary denture to be placed while the mouth heals, allowing you to enjoy a full set of teeth in just one day!
Curious to learn more about the All-on-4 procedure? Dr. Shane is always eager to teach his patients how this procedure could make all the difference for their smiles. If you or a loved one needs a full arch replacement in the near future, schedule a consultation to ask any questions you have about All-on-4. Since there’s no time like the present, we’ve gone ahead and answered some of the most common questions that our patients have brought to us.
Can I Get All-on-4 for Both the Upper and Lower Arches of Teeth?
All-on-4 can be used to replace one row of teeth at a time, but in many cases the procedure can be performed on both the upper and lower jaw at once. We will, of course, try to preserve as much of your natural teeth as possible, but if it seems likely that all your teeth need to be replaced, it’s best to do both the upper and lower jaws at the same time. That way your smile will look great and operate at its very best – and you’ll save yourself time and money as well!
Will I Need to Visit a Specialist for the All-on-4 Procedure?
Some dentists need to refer you to a specialist who can perform the actual implant placement surgery; you would then need to return to the dentist to receive your new teeth. But since Dr. Shane is skilled in both placing dental implants and restoring them, you can have the entire procedure done right here at Jupiter Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry! You can be confident in the knowledge that everything is being handled by someone you know you can trust to make your new smile as brilliant as possible.
What Can I Eat After Getting All-on-4 Implants?
While you’re wearing your temporary dentures immediately following the surgery, you should plan to avoid hard, brittle or chewy foods for the first 3 months or so of healing; at this point, the implants still need to join with the jaw, and there are limits to what the temporary teeth can handle. Good options for meals and snacks during this period of time include applesauce, broiled fish, muffins, pasta and pudding. Once you have received your permanent dentures, there will be little to no limits as to the different foods you can enjoy.
What is the All-on-4 Process Like?
First, you’ll need to schedule a consultation, and some initial X-rays and impressions of your mouth will be taken. You’ll undergo surgery to receive your dental implant posts after all the necessary preparations have been made; most of the time, the posts will be stable enough to support a temporary denture right after being inserted into the jaw, so you’ll be able to enjoy a complete smile while your mouth is healing. After a couple of post op visits, we’ll take a new set of impressions to start making your permanent set of teeth. The final step is to replace the temporary restoration with beautiful, completely customized dentures.