All-on-4 dental implants or teeth in 2-3 days
All-on-4 is a technique used to replace teeth using a patented technology. This technique helps the surgeon to avoid bone grafting procedures and the long wait before the final bridge is delivered.
It is a modern technique in which the 2 back implants tilted 45 degrees and the front ones are placed straight. The tilting of the back implants helps overcome the lack of bone often found in the posterior region of the jaw bone and most often avoids the need for bone grafting. The all-on-4 procedure is suitable for patients who wear dentures or for patients that are about to lose teeth.
The all-on-4 dental implant treatment process
Examination and diagnostic stage: this stage is to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the all-on-4 treatment. During this visit, a thorough medical history, study models, photographs, digital x-rays and a CT scan are taken. This is followed by intra and extra oral examination, in-depth explanation, treatment options and a clear financial overview.
The Surgical stage: for most cases, this stage involves the extraction of teeth, bone recontouring and the surgical placement of the 4 dental implants for upper and/or lower jaw. While your jaw heals over the next 2 days you will be given temporary implant supported teeth—all of this is carried out under sedation (while you are asleep).
After 72 hours you should be able to resume a full schedule of activities. Follow-up visits occur in 1, 4 and 12 weeks after surgery. During these 3 months, the patient is required to follow specific post-operative instructions like having a modified soft diet until receiving the final bridge.
Following surgery, the three follow-up visits are simple and short. These visits will ensure everything is looking, feeling and healing as indicated.
The restorative stage: this stage starts 12-16 weeks after the initial surgery when the implants are fully integrated with the jaw bone. A master impression is taken so the final teeth can be made. Two-four weeks after the master impression is taken the final bridge is delivered. A standard adjustment visit is scheduled 1 to 2 weeks later to ensure that everything is looking, feeling and functioning as it should.
Temporary bridge: this is made of acrylic and issued immediately or 2-3 days after surgery. This bridge will be used for 3 months until the tissue heals well and the implants integrate.
Long-term bridge: there are two types of long-term bridge:
- Titanium Hybrid Bridge. This is made of high impact acrylic and reinforced with a computer designed milled titanium substructure.
- Zirconia Bridge. This is made of zirconia framework and the actual teeth are made of zirconia as well. This is the most expensive type of bridge and increases the total GST of the case.
All-on-4 treatment is suitable if you have:
- Severely decayed and damaged teeth
- Loose teeth due to gum disease
- Missing teeth
- Wearing ill-fitting full or partial dentures
- Failing crown or bridge work