Many edentulous, or toothless, patients feel resigned to wearing uncomfortable dentures that don’t fit properly. They may believe that the alternative of dental implants involves multiple surgeries and a lengthy treatment timeline.
Fortunately, your Long Island implant dentist offers a streamlined dental implant procedure that allows you to get an entirely new set of teeth in a matter of hours. Yes, it is possible to get new teeth in a single visit to the implant dentist.
A technique known as All-on-4 dental implants allows the implant dentist to maximize available bone and place the four implants and replacement arch at one time.
The All-on-4 technique is particularly valuable to patients who have experienced jawbone atrophy in addition to their tooth loss. When the roots of the missing teeth are no longer present to hold it in place, the jawbone begins to erode.
Dental implants are so stable and durable because the titanium fuses with the bone. In order for implants to be successful, the patient must have sufficient jawbone to support this osseointegration process.
In the past, patients with significant jawbone resorption had to first undergo a sinus augmentation or bone graft to ensure that they had sufficient bone material to support the implants. Because All-on-4 dental implants are strategically located toward the front of the mouth, where the bone recedes more slowly, the bone graft surgery is rendered unnecessary for nearly all dental implant placements.
The All-on-4 dental implant process begins with an initial planning appointment with the implant dentist. At this session, the implant dentist will examine your teeth, take x-rays and develop the treatment plan. At the following appointment, the implant dentist will extract any remaining teeth as needed and then perform the implant placement procedure, which takes a few hours.
The patient is fitted with an arch of artificial replacement teeth on the day that the dental implants are placed. After a few months, when the implant sites have fully healed, the patient will receive a new set of permanent teeth that is a bit stronger than the initial arch. If you would like to consult with our implant dentist about this innovative new procedure, call our office today!