Dental implants have restored countless smiles, helping patients to regain their lost teeth and enjoy the beauty and convenience of a full set of strong pearly whites. But maybe you’ve been told in the past that you aren’t a candidate for traditional implants because of extensive bone loss in your jaw. Well, there’s good news! Many people who do not qualify for regular implants may be able to receive All-on-4 implant dentures in Allen.
Discovering if You Are a Candidate
The best way to find out if you are a candidate for All-on-4 dentures is to visit your oral plastic surgeon in Allen, who will examine your mouth and take some X-rays to make sure the procedure is a good fit for you. But you can rest assured that All-on-4 implants are accessible to many more people than traditional implants. That all has to do with the way All-on-4 works.
Instead of placing an implant to replace each individual missing tooth root or having many implants to support a row of teeth, All-on-4 requires that your surgeon places only four implants to replace either all your upper or lower teeth.
This is possible thanks to a strategic placement strategy. Two of the implants go toward the front of the mouth, where bone loss tends to be slower than it is in other areas. Therefore, even if you’ve been wearing traditional dentures for years and have lost a significant amount of bone, the front of your jaw still might be strong enough to support the implants. The other two implants are inserted at an angle toward the back of the mouth.
The Implant Procedure
A big advantage that All-on-4 dentures have over traditional implants is that in many cases, the All-on-4 procedure can take place in a single appointment. Still, it is a surgery, so you’ll have to be ready to take excellent care of yourself in the days before and after your treatment.
In the eight to 12 hours before your procedure, your dentist might ask you to avoid eating and drinking (so your chances of facing surgical nausea are reduced). However, that isn’t always necessary if you’ll be under local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia.
Following the surgery, it’s important that you take it easy for a few days. You may experience a mild amount of pain and swelling, but your dentist may give you a prescription to help you manage your discomfort. You may also have to stick to consuming liquids (like soups and smoothies) for a few weeks so your implants have time to bond with your body. Be sure to keep any follow-up appointments so your dentist can check to make sure that your new smile is faring well.
Before you know it, you’ll be using your new teeth to gobble down all your favorite foods, smile like you mean it, and enjoy an awesome life!
About the Dentist
Dr. Fatima Robertson is proud to restore patients’ smiles with All-on-4 implant dentures in Allen. If you have questions about how this procedure may be able to help you, please contact us at 214-509-9011.