After experiencing tooth loss, one thing that most patients want to avoid is a lengthy wait time to get a fully restored smile. Fortunately, patients can be treated and fitted with a new smile in a procedure that takes just a few hours: All-on-4 dental implants.
With All-on-4, the patient receives just four strategically placed dental implants, which secure an entire arch of prosthetic teeth. The implant placement surgery is completed during a single office visit, and the patient is fitted with the appliance at the end of the visit.
Although All-on-4 implants are sometimes referred to as “same-day smiles,” or “teeth-in-a-day”, the process does require some time for treatment planning by the oral surgeon and restorative dentist. Developing that plan involves an initial examination of the patient, including x-rays or scans of the patient’s bone structure that will guide the sites of implant placement. At the initial consultation, the oral surgeon will also get a feeling from the patient’s input on the design of the prosthetic.
Nonetheless, the actual implant placement procedure is completed in a single morning or afternoon. The patient generally can return to work or school in a few days, although some ongoing adjustments to the regular routine, such as dietary modifications, may be necessary during the first few weeks of the healing process.
Patients who recently have lost their teeth can benefit from All-on-4, but those who lost their teeth some time ago, such as long-term denture wearers who want to upgrade to dental implants, also can take advantage of this procedure.
Even patients who have already experienced some bone loss following tooth loss still may be eligible for All-on-4 because the implants are placed toward the front of the jaw, where the bone is thicker and erodes more slowly.
If you’ve already waited long enough for a durable, stable solution to tooth loss or if you’ve had your teeth extracted recently and want to move forward on treatment more quickly, contact Chicago’s premiere dental surgery clinic, ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio, to learn if you can benefit from All-on-4 dental implants. Call 312-328-9000 to schedule your visit today.