If you’ve been wearing dentures for a long time, you may be concerned that you’ve lost too much bone mass in your jaws to be a candidate for implant-retained dentures. Or, if you’ll be getting dentures soon, you might worry about going without teeth while you heal from your extractions. With All-On-4 dental implants in Denton, even patients who couldn’t have traditional implants can get a new set of teeth that allows them to eat, speak, smile, and laugh with confidence, and it can usually be done on the same day you have your teeth extracted. If you’d like to know how All-On-4 can benefit you, contact us today!
Just as the name implies, All-On-4 uses just 4 implants on the upper or lower arch to support all the teeth in that arch. Traditional implants need a fair amount of bone mass in the jaws for support. But since the jawbone begins to continually shrink when the teeth are removed, some people aren’t good candidates or need a time-consuming bone graft first.
With All-On-4, we address this issue by taking advantage of the naturally denser bone at the front of the jaws. We also strategically angle 2 of the implants to increase their contact area with the bone, while placing the other 2 vertically. After placing the implants, we can usually provide our patients with a full denture on the same day.
All-On-4 implant dentures are a great choice for many people who currently wear traditional dentures or will need dentures in the near future. But since each patient faces unique circumstances, the best way to determine whether you’re a good candidate is to schedule a consultation with our team at Denton Dental Center. Before making a recommendation, we’ll evaluate your general health, dental history, and goals before taking a detailed CT scan of your jaws and oral structures to evaluate your bone levels.
As a dentist in Denton, our patients love all of the following benefits of All-On-4:
Typically, 6-8 traditional implants would be needed per arch, as opposed to the 4 that are used for All-On-4. Another important distinction is the unique way the 4 implants are placed in the jaw, which means that most patients can avoid a bone grafting procedure beforehand. This greatly lowers the total treatment time and cost and also reduces the recovery time as well.
As you can imagine, as soon as someone hears that Denton Dental Center can replace an entire arch of teeth in a single appointment, they have questions! We’re happy to share any information patients need so they can feel confident choosing to get All-On-4 implant dentures, so you’re always welcome to give us a call. Before that, be sure to go over our answers to some of the most popular questions we receive about them below.
Our in-house periodontist, Dr. Naveen Karim, has been specially trained in implant placement, and she uses the latest techniques and technology to ensure that the procedure is as comfortable as possible. Our office also offers nitrous oxide sedation to help calm any nerves a patient might have. Most people describe feeling a little “pressure” during the treatment, but nothing that can be described as pain.
The initial appointment where a patient receives their implants and temporary denture may take about two hours or more depending on the state of their mouth. For instance, if a patient is already missing all of the teeth along a single row, then the implants can be placed and restored relatively quickly. With other patients, a few failing teeth may need to be extracted before the implants can be placed, making things take a little longer. After this appointment, the mouth needs a few months to heal, and once this process is complete, the patient will receive their new, permanent denture.
A temporary denture allows patients to “test drive” their new teeth so we can ensure their permanent prosthetic has the perfect look and fit. Our temporary dentures allow patients to eat and speak comfortably right after their surgery, but the minor adjustments and higher-quality materials that go into our permanent dentures make them practically indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Most dental insurance plans do not offer coverage for the implant placement procedure, but they can be used to offset the cost of the denture that is attached to the implants. This is rapidly changing, however, so it is possible that your policy will help you pay for implant surgery. We recommend going over your plan, talking to your provider, or discussing your benefits with our team before committing to All-On-4. If you need help paying for the treatment, whether or not your insurance is a factor, we offer flexible, low-to-no interest financing through CareCredit so you can break up the cost into smaller installments.