All on Four Dental Implants
Washington DC & Alexandria VA
All on Four Dental Implants Washington DC & Alexandria VA
Patients who are missing the majority or all of their teeth or are unsatisfied with their dentures may be good candidates for All-on-4 Dental Implants, an implant supported denture that only requires four implants, compared to bridges, which can require up to ten implants. Along with the impact missing teeth can have on an individual’s self-esteem and self-confidence, there are numerous health issues that can develop when a tooth is not replaced over time, including the following:
- Difficulty chewing properly
- Deterioration of jawbone
- Shifting teeth, which changes your bite
- Drifting teeth
- Jaw joint issues
- Added stress to remaining teeth
All-on-4 Dental Implants are an effective way to address these issues in a fast and cost-effective manner. At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, our specialty trained periodontists Dr. Justin Zalewsky and Dr. Antara Daru have years of experience treating a wide range of stages of gum disease and placing dental implants. To learn more about All-on-4 Dental Implants, our clinic facilities, or to schedule an appointment for a procedure, contact our Alexandria, VA office at (703) 823-2422 or our Washington D.C. office at (202) 296-3360.
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All-on-4 Implant Procedure Expectations
Prior to performing the procedure, we will conduct a 3D scan of your teeth, gums, and jaw to develop a detailed view of your mouth structures and jawbone contours. This will allow us to determine the optimal location to place your implants. This initial scan will also allow us to determine whether a bone graft or augmentation for your jawbone is necessary.
If it is determined that you are a viable candidate for All-on-4, your procedure will be scheduled. In some cases, patients will need to have a tooth extracted prior to the implants being placed. Prior to the procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic and dental sedation if necessary. Our clinic offers a range of dental sedation options, including oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation. Once you are properly numbed, your periodontist will secure the titanium posts that will anchor your dentures into your jaw. Each of the four posts will be strategically placed at a 45-degree angle. Tilting the implants in this manner ensures that the nerve canal and sinus cavity are not damaged, and also increases the strength and stability of your implant.
Once these posts are properly positioned, a set of temporary dentures which have been customized to your specific mouth will be placed. These temporary dentures will be worn throughout the healing process. Once the titanium posts have fused with your jawbone, your implant supported dentures will be placed and your treatment will be complete.
Benefits of All-on-4 Dental Implants
There are a range of benefits associated with All-on-4, including the following:
- Cost effective
- Natural feeling and looking
- Minimally invasive
- Procedure can be completed in a single visit
- Long lasting
- Will allow you to return to eating most foods
- Reduces need for bone graft
- Once implants are placed, bone loss will stop progressing
- Facial features restored
Aftercare Following All-on-Four
Following your All-on-Four procedure, it is important to be cautious during the initial healing stage. You should plan on sticking to a soft food diet for the first two weeks, after which you can begin to slowly reintroduce harder foods.
Once you have completed the recovery process, it will not be necessary to follow special aftercare instructions, although it is important to be aware of the reason this procedure was needed in the first place. Continue practicing good daily oral hygiene practices. Brush and floss twice daily, and schedule regular visits to your periodontist to ensure that your teeth receive regular professional cleanings, which will reduce your risk of developing gingivitis or periodontitis. If you follow these best practices, you will enjoy a bright and healthy smile for many years to come.