The Process of Getting All-On-Fours
Tooth loss is a major problem many adults are currently living with. Patients with missing teeth may have a hard time speaking and eating, not to mention, have a lowered self-esteem and overall quality of life.
Older patients who have missing teeth may neglect to see their dentist because they either feel like their missing teeth is a result of aging and that there is nothing to be done. Others may feel too ashamed of the condition of their gums and remaining teeth that they avoid seeing the dentist.
It is true that older adults are more prone to tooth loss because of the weakness of their teeth that come from a lifetime of use.
Traditionally, dentures have been the go-to solution for tooth loss in older adults.
Dentures, while they work for some patients, improved dental technology has produced alternative tooth loss solutions that are permanent, easier to care for, feel comfortable and look natural.
One of these denture alternatives is a permanent partial denture called All-on-Fours.
What is the Process of Getting All-on-Fours?
Like receiving other major dental work, a consultation with the dentist is the first step. At this consultation, our dentists will go over the All-on-Four procedure and help you determine if they are the right treatment option for you and your dental health goals.
During this first visit, we’ll perform a CT scan as well as take 3D impressions and x-rays of your teeth. We’ll also examine the strength and structure of your jaw bones as strong jaw bones are necessary for All-on-Fours and dental implants. These will help us determine if you are a good candidate for All-on-Fours or dental implants. The x-rays of your teeth will also help our dentists facilitate a detailed plan for your procedure.
The initial consultation will provide you with opportunities to ask any questions or bring up any concerns you may have. After your initial consultation, you’ll set a date for your All-on-Four surgery.
In the meantime, we’ll give the molds and images of your teeth and jaws to our technicians who will custom make your prosthetic bridge that will be inserted when you come in for your surgery.
The Day of Surgery
When you arrive for your surgery, we’ll give you pre-operative instructions as well as medication to help you relax. We’ll then transport you to the operation room and apply anesthesia. The dental surgeon will then begin the procedure once your relaxed.
The whole All-on-Four procedure takes only a few hours to complete.
The surgeon will remove any failing teeth followed by a thorough cleaning of your gums and jaws. After the mouth has been cleaned and diseased tissue removed, the dental implants will be inserted.
A total of four titanium dental rods (implants) will be inserted, two in the front of the top jaw and two in the back two corners of the bottom jaw. The implants inserted on the bottom jaw will be at a 45-degree angle. The placement of all four implants will ensure minimal destruction of the nerves, nasal cavity and other oral structures as well as ensure the least amount of risk of bone atrophy.
The surgery will end with another deep cleaning of the mouth and the suturing of all incisions.
You’ll then be transported to a private recovery room to awaken from the effects of the sedation.
Once you’re comfortable and fully awaken from the sedation, our dentist will make final adjustments to your prosthetic dental bridge. The bridge will then be attached to the implants and adjusted for the most comfortable fit and bite.
We’ll give you a few minutes to ensure you’re comfortable and happy with your new set of teeth. When you are, we’ll hand you a mirror so you can admire your new smile.
Before you leave, our staff will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your new smile and schedule a follow-up appointment, usually 10-14 days after your surgery.
Proper All-on-Four care entails proper dental hygiene, the avoidance of smoking, drinking, heavy exercise and participation in contact sports. A diet of soft food will also be prescribed to allow the dental implants to securely bond to your jaw bones. This may take a month or two.
At Park City Dental, we offer patients the exclusive and luxurious Park City getaway while receiving their All-on-Four treatment. With our expertise and modern dental technology, patients can get a new smile in a few hours and explore beautiful Park City in one quick weekend.
If you’re self-conscious about your smile due to missing teeth, contact Park City Dental today to schedule an appointment and see if All-on-Fours are right for you.