All on 4 Dental Implants
All on 4 Dental Implants Washington DC
If you are missing the majority or all your teeth or are unsatisfied with your current dentures you may be good candidate for All-on-4 Dental Implants Washington DC. This natural tooth replacement solution is an implant supported denture that uses only four implants. This is compared to bridges which can require up to ten dental implants. Missing your teeth not only impact your biting, chewing, and speaking, they also affect your smile. Your perceived quality of your smile is the basic foundation for your self-esteem and your self-confidence. There are many health issues that can develop if a tooth is not replaced over time, including the following issues:
- Difficulty chewing properly
- Drifting teeth
- Deterioration of jawbone
- Shifting teeth, which changes your bite
- Added stress to remaining teeth
- Jaw joint issues
All-on-4 Dental Implants are a very effective way to address these issues in both a fast and cost-effective manner. At Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, 2311 M St. NW in Washington, DC, our specialty trained periodontists Dr. Justin Zalewsky and Dr. Antara Daru have many years of experience treating a wide range 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 an evaluation, contact us at 202-296-3360.
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The Expectations of an All-On-4 Implant Procedure
Before performing the procedure, we will first conduct a 3D scan of your teeth, gums, and jaw to develop a concise and detailed view of your mouth structures and jawbone contours. This allows us to determine the optimal location to place your implants. This initial scan also allows us to determine whether a bone graft or augmentation for your jawbone might be necessary.
If we all agree that you are a viable candidate for All-on-4, your actual procedure will then be scheduled. In some cases, a patient might need to have a tooth extracted prior to the implants being placed. Then as we proceed, you will be given a local anesthetic and additional dental sedation if necessary. Our team offers a range of dental sedation options which include oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation. Once the soft tissue is sufficiently numbed, your periodontist will surgically drill tiny holes and place the titanium posts in the jawbone that will anchor your dentures. All four posts will be strategically placed at a 45-degree angle. We tilt the implants in this manner to ensure that both the nerve canal and the sinus cavity are not damaged and it also increases the strength and stability of your implant.
Once these four posts are properly positioned, a set of temporary dentures fabricated specifically for you will be placed in your mouth. These temporary dentures will be worn throughout the healing process. When the titanium posts have properly fused or grown into your jawbone, your implant supported permanent dentures will be placed and your procedure will be completed.
Benefits of All-on-4 Dental Implants DC
There are a range of benefits associated with All-on-4, including the following:
- Cost effective
- Minimally invasive
- Natural feeling and looking
- Procedure can be completed in a single visit
- Will allow you to return to eating most foods
- Long lasting
- Reduces need for bone graft
- Facial features restored
- Once implants are placed, bone loss will stop progressing
All-on-4 Dental Implants Washington DC Aftercare
After your All-on-Four procedure is completed, it is important to be cautious during the initial healing stage. We will advise you to plan on following a soft food diet for the first two weeks, then you can begin to slowly reintroduce harder foods.
Once you have completed this short recovery process, it will not be necessary to follow special aftercare instructions, although it is important to embrace the reason this procedure was needed in the first place. Begin by continuing to practice good daily oral hygiene practices. As advised, brush and floss twice daily, and schedule regular preventative visits to your periodontist to ensure that your teeth continue to receive regular professional cleanings, which will greatly reduce the risk of developing gingivitis or periodontitis. If you simply follow these best practices at home, you will continue to enjoy a healthy smile for years to come.