The Long-Term, Healthier Alternative to Removable Dentures
The All-on-4® treatment concept is an incredibly efficient, cost-effective solution for patients who have lost most or all of their teeth. If you have only lost one or two teeth, dental implants are a fantastic solution for restoration; however, there is a better way to replace an entire arch of missing or failing teeth. The All-on-4 treatment concept is a full-arch restoration procedure that uses four dental implant posts to support a fixed denture.
Our oral surgeons at Southern Oral & Facial Surgery want all of our patients to feel confident about their smiles. When you are missing teeth, you may feel as though you have to hide your smile around others. Patients with removable dentures often feel embarrassed about removing their teeth during meals and dislike having to replace them every few years. Each of our doctors proudly offer the All-on-4 treatment concept so that more people can feel confident about a complete and healthy smile.
The Benefits of All-on-4 Treatment Concept
Patients who choose to restore one or both dental arches with the All-on-4 treatment concept can enjoy many benefits, including:
- A prosthesis that looks and feels like natural teeth
- Elimination of pain caused by decaying or damaged teeth
- The implant posts stimulate the jaw bone, preventing bone loss
- A smile that looks and functions naturally
- Saying goodbye to oral sores and pain caused by ill-fitting dentures
- Enjoying favorite foods
Am I a Good Candidate for the All-on-4 Treatment Concept?
If you are suffering from broken down teeth or are missing all (or most) of an entire arch of teeth, the All-on-4 treatment concept may be the solution you have been searching for. While many patients have been told that they are unable to receive traditional replacement options like multiple or single dental implants, they are still considered potential candidates for the All-on-4 treatment concept.
Ideal candidates for the All-on-4 treatment concept include those who:
- Have several failing or missing teeth
- Are in need of multiple dental implants
- Are missing an entire upper or lower arch of teeth
- Wear dentures
Our practice offers many bone grafting procedures to help more patients become candidates for implant-based restoration. If your jaw bone has weakened due to tooth loss, you may still be a candidate. Contact our Franklin or Thompson’s Station office for an appointment, and our surgeons will evaluate your condition.
Our oral surgeons will meet with you during your consultation appointment to review your medical history and perform an oral examination. They will assess any remaining teeth and the gums before determining the correct form of treatment and discuss your options for anesthesia. With our advanced in-office 3D imaging technology, we can analyze the structure of the jaw and bone needed for the placement of the implant posts.
For the first procedure, the dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw bone. You will have a temporary set of teeth placed, which will be affixed to the dental implants until the final prosthesis is ready. With the temporary set of teeth placed during the first procedure, patients experience an immediately restored smile, although not yet fully functional.
Patients will need to undergo a healing period to allow the dental implants to properly fuse with the jaw bone. Once the dental implants are secure and healed, the temporary denture is removed, and the permanent set of replacement teeth is attached to the abutments. We provide detailed instructions to guide you through your oral surgery journey and expedite the healing process.
Types of Anesthesia
There are several anesthesia options available so patients can feel comfortable and at ease during treatment.
A local anesthetic is administered in the specific surgical area and can be used in conjunction with other anesthetic options, such as nitrous oxide. The patient remains awake and only the surgical area is numbed, so the patient can still drive home after.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is administered through a mask when patients experience anxiety before the procedure. It provides mild pain-relieving effects and induces a relaxed state. Your surgeon can pair laughing gas with local anesthesia.
IV sedation renders a sleep-like state in which patients do not feel pain. This is commonly used in dental implant placement and the removal of wisdom teeth. General anesthesia, which renders the patient unconscious, is reserved for complex procedures, such as facial trauma or jaw surgery.