People in and around Fort Worth who have experienced tooth loss can count on the team at Texas Dental Center for state-of-the-art care. We offer full permanent dentures supported by dental implants, which offer a stability comparable to natural tooth roots. This involves a process known as All-on-4®.
We'd like to take a moment to go over the basics of All-on-4®. We'll then delve into the various steps of the treatment process/procedure. This should offer a good overview of what to expect from treatment.
All-on-4® is an advanced option for addressing major tooth loss by using dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone and gum tissue. When in place, these dental implants offer a level of stability comparable to natural tooth roots.
With All-on-4® treatment, a full denture can be supported using just four dental implants strategically placed along the dental arch. Patients can bite, chew, and smile as they normally would.
The Initial Consultation
The first step of the All-on-4® treatment process is the initial consultation. During this first dental visit, we can assess a patient's candidacy for the procedure. We'll note the extent of the patient's tooth loss and also take x-rays to note the structure and shape of the patient's dental arch.
This initial consultation also allows patients to ask questions and express concerns. This may involve discussion of practical treatment matters or financing and cost issues. By going over various issues related to All-on-4® treatment, patients can decide if it's a good option for their needs.
Taking Impressions of the Patient's Teeth
When a patient is a good candidate for All-on-4®, it's important to take impressions of the upper and lower dental arches. These impressions will allow the dental lab to craft a custom denture to the patient and the patient's needs. The denture will be crafted for proper fit along the dental arch, and to ensure optimal and functional points of contact with the teeth of the opposite dental arch.
Oral Surgery: Placing the Dental Implants
The actual oral surgery to place the dental implants is a major part of the All-on-4® procedure. Using dental x-rays and noting the impressions taken, an oral surgeon will place the four dental implants strategically along the dental arch. This will typically involve two dental implants at the front of the dental arch and two dental implants along the dental arch where the molars and premolars are located positioned at 45 degree angles for proper support. Anesthetic and sedation will be used to reduce pain, discomfort, and anxiety.
In some cases, oral surgeons will remove any remaining teeth along the dental arch to make room for the dental implants if needed.
Recovering from Oral Surgery: Osseointegration
Following the oral surgery, patients will have a month-long recovery process. During this time, a temporary denture may be placed to help with aesthetics and proper function.
During this recovery phase, a process known as osseointegration must take place. Osseointegration is the process by which the dental implants fuse with the jawbone, improving overall stability and allowing the implants to function like natural tooth roots. It can take a few months for this to occur, so multiple follow-up visits are often planned as needed to monitor recovery.
Full Healing and Placing the Finished Custom Denture
Once osseointegration is completed, a the permanent denture can be placed. The denture will be checked for fit, appearance, and comfort after it is placed so that any adjustments can be made if necessary.
Learn More About All-on-4®
If you would like to learn more about All-on-4® and whether or not it's ideal for you, be sure to contact our advanced dental care center today. Here at Texas Dental Center, we will help you have a healthy and beautiful smile using the latest techniques and technology.