All-on-4 Dental Implants
Traditional implant treatments for replacing a full arch are often time-intensive and patients with bone loss might not even qualify.
At 38th Street Dental, we offer the All-on-4® method to provide the most efficient, comfortable, and technologically advanced solution.
So why should you consider All-on-4 dental implants with our Austin, TX, dentist?
A More Affordable Solution That Looks & Functions Like Your Natural Teeth
Protect Your Oral Health
Implant-supported dentures and dental implant hybrid dentures have important advantages for your health and dental function. They will be permanently fixed in your mouth and will never move around, so you can enjoy a varied diet and clear speech. Dental implants also improve your oral health by preventing bone loss and can improve your overall wellness by helping you feel more confident about smiling, eating, and speaking in front of others.
Enjoy a High Success Rate
Implants are quite durable. When you maintain good oral health, they can last the rest of your life.
More Affordable Implant Treatment
All-on-4® often costs less than other types of implant-supported dentures because you will require fewer implants.
All-on-4 Is Highly Recommended by Patients
These Dental Implants Can Help If You Have:
Missing Top or Bottom Arch
If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, simple tasks like eating and speaking can become very difficult. All-on-4 can help you have a complete smile once again so you can enjoy the foods and interactions you love.
Missing All of Your Teeth
If you are missing all of your teeth, All-on-4 dental implants are a great solution. Because they are designed to support a full denture using only four implants, they are a more affordable option for patients who want to enjoy the benefits of dental implants.
A Treatment Option for Patients with Loose, Unreliable Dentures
Removable dentures are a common choice for patients who are missing all of their teeth. But they rely on suction and messy adhesives to stay in place and can easily slip, click, or smack while you are eating or speaking. If you are tired of struggling with removable dentures, it may be time to consider implant-supported dentures at our Austin practice.
In some cases, we may be able to convert your existing denture into a more stable, natural-looking, and more functional implant-supported restoration.
Good Candidates for All-on-4 Are:
In Good General HealthTo qualify for All-on-4 treatment, you should be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery. Diabetic patients will need to have stabilized glucose levels, as uncontrolled diabetes slows down healing. Similarly, smokers will need to cease smoking, since smoking has been linked to an increased risk of implant failure.
Committed to Good Oral Health
After your treatment is complete, you will need to practice good oral hygiene in order to protect your replacement teeth. Gum disease and peri-implant diseases can lead to implant failure.
Dealing with Some Degree of Bone Loss
Because this treatment can eliminate the need for a bone graft, it is a great option for patients with a small degree of jawbone recession. During the procedure, one of our dentists will place the posterior implants at a 45-degree angle, making the most use of your existing bone tissue.
All-on-4® Dental Implants Can Support a Permanent Denture with Reduced Impact to Your Jawbone
At 38th Street Dental, we want to provide the most convenient, effective, and efficient care possible. Therefore, we proudly offer the All-on-4® method of full arch restoration at our Austin, TX, practice. With this technique, your surgeon will place four small dental implant posts in your jaw. Then Dr. C. Mike Meek or Dr. David J. Tasch can attach a custom-designed denture at the same appointment. Like other types of implant-supported dentures, your All-on-4® restoration will never slip out of place. It will be permanently affixed to the implants to provide you with all the confidence in the world to laugh loudly, chew firmly, and enjoy life with a vibrant, lifelike smile.
In contrast to traditional full arch treatments like dentures, All-on-4® helps preserve your jawbone and provide a fast solution for people with multiple broken or infected teeth. This is a full mouth solution that can be accomplished in one appointment. One appointment!
How Do All-on-4® Dentures Work?
To provide All-on-4® dental implants, Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch will refer you to a specialist surgeon. For your convenience, you will often visit the practitioner located right next door. The surgeon will position the implants in your jaw, working with x-rays and computerized tomography (CT) scans for precise results. All-on-4® implant posts are much smaller than traditional implants. Thus, they will involve less impact to the healthy parts of your jaw. In addition, your surgeon will place them at a slight angle. In this way, he or she can make the most of your remaining bone tissue.
Because All-on-4® involves less impact to your jaw, this method can often eliminate the need for preparatory bone grafting.
Once the implants are in place, Dr. Meek or Dr. Tasch will attach a full arch of teeth to the dental implants. Although temporary, it will still be extremely stable and natural-looking. While you are wearing the short-term prosthetic, that looks fantastic and doesn't come out or move, your jawbone will heal around the implants, a process that will take about four to six months. After you have fully recovered, we will then fabricate your final and more beautiful prosthesis and replace the first restoration placed the day of placement surgery. None of these appointments require any use of local anesthetic or dental drills that can make you uncomfortable or nervous. Made from the latest materials, your All-on-4® smile will also match the overall proportions and contours of your face because each one is custom fabricated to meet the desires of each patient.
Are You a Candidate for All-on-4®?
To qualify for implants, you will need a certain amount of jawbone density. Unfortunately, tooth loss can lead to bone loss, which will compromise your candidacy for treatment. However, because All-on-4® involves less impact to your jaw, this method can often eliminate the need for preparatory bone grafting. Nevertheless, your dentist will need to take x-rays and digital scans to determine your candidacy for treatment. He will also consider your overall oral and physical health.
Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation
All-on-4® dental implants can improve your dental health and your overall quality of life. To find out if you are a candidate for All-on-4® treatment during a dental implants consultation, contact 38th Street Dental in Austin today.