All-On-4 Q & A
What are All-on-4 dental implants?
All-on-4 dental implants are a method of replacing multiple missing teeth using only four dental implants for each of your two arches. The result is a fully restored smile without the need for a complete set of individual dental implants.
All-on-4 dental implants are a relatively new option in restorative dentistry. Dr. Steier has taken this technology one step further by placing your back implants at an angle, which requires less bone tissue to support the implants. The front implants are positioned vertically because there is usually more healthy bone tissue near the front of your mouth.
What are the advantages of All-on-4 dental implants?
All-on-4 dental implants create an immediate positive change in your life. As soon as your implants are in place, you’ll be able to eat a varied diet that supports optimal overall health. You’ll also feel great about your smile and enjoy a confidence boost every day.
Additional benefits include:
- A relatively short treatment process
- Improved bite force as compared with dentures
- No need for bone grafting
- Stopping progressive bone loss
- Permanent tooth replacement
What are the steps for getting All-on-4 dental implants?
Your journey depends on your current dental health and how quickly your bone and gum tissue respond to the treatment. The first step is a consultation to evaluate your needs and remove any decayed or damaged teeth.
Dr. Steier takes a CT scan of your jawbone to determine where your implants should be positioned. She also creates impressions to guide the crafting of your new teeth. Advanced software allows you to see a visual representation of what your restored smile will look like.
Next, Dr. Steier administers either a local or general anesthetic to keep you comfortable while she places the implants directly into your bone tissue. She creates a tiny pilot hole, which is the space where she positions the implants. She also attaches a small abutment to each implant. That’s what anchors the visible portion of the implant to the post.
Dr. Steier then attaches a temporary set of teeth to the abutments. You’ll walk out of this appointment with a brand new smile, and you’ll wear your temporaries until your permanent teeth are created in the dental lab.
Once your gums heal, and your bone tissue fuses to the implants, Dr. Steier replaces your temporary teeth with the permanent set. From that point forward, you can eat a normal diet, and your teeth will look and function just like healthy, natural teeth.
If you’re ready to get started, contact Steier Dental Implants & Prosthodontics today to schedule your initial consultation.