Losing teeth means you lose your confident smile, along with your ability to eat and chew as normal. If you have suffered from significant tooth loss, or anticipate needing multiple teeth extracted, you may qualify for full mouth restoration via All-on-4® dental implants. This treatment concept provides a second chance at a healthy and complete smile, using just a few strategically placed implants to support full dental prostheses. At Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center, we proudly offer All-on-4® dental implants to patients in Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, Owosso, Oxford, and Midland.
What is the All-on-4® Treatment Concept?
The All-on-4® treatment concept is widely considered to be the gold standard for full mouth rehabilitation. This treatment method involves the use of as few as four dental implants. Each implant consists of a titanium post, which is inserted into the jaw to act as an artificial tooth root, as well as a connective piece called an abutment. Once the implant fuses with the existing jawbone, your oral surgeon and a dentist will carefully attach custom dental prostheses designed to look and behave just like your natural teeth.
This treatment concept can restore entire dental arches, allowing you to eat and chew as normal again and smile confidently.
Ideal Candidates for All-on-4® Dental Implants
Most people who are missing multiple teeth, or who anticipate the need to have multiple teeth extracted, can qualify for All-on-4® dental implants. The best way to confirm your eligibility is to schedule a consultation at Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center.
Most full mouth restoration candidates meet the following criteria:
All-on-4® dental implants are designed for anyone missing several teeth, including entire dental arches, or whose current teeth are no longer viable.
Healthy Enough for Surgery
To qualify for a safe and successful procedure, it is important to confirm that you do not have any underlying health problems that would impede your ability to heal.
No Gum Disease
Patients who have untreated periodontal disease are not eligible for oral surgery. If you have significant gum disease, the first step will be managing the condition and scheduling dental implant placement.
What Are the Benefits of All-on-4® Dental Implants?
The All-on-4® treatment concept is widely considered standard-of-care for full-mouth rehabilitation. Some of the primary benefits of this treatment method include:
- All-on-4® dental implants replace teeth from root to crown, providing more stability and better overall health than other tooth replacement options.
- The All-on-4® treatment concept replaces the maximum number of teeth with the minimum number of implants (about 4 implants per arch of the smile replaced). This means minimal dental implant surgery and potentially an abbreviated recovery time.
- Unlike traditional dentures, the All-on-4® method provides ongoing stimulation to the jawbone, preventing bone reabsorption and unwanted changes to the facial structure.
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What Is Involved in the Process?
On the day of your surgery, you will be warmly welcomed by members of our patient care team, then led to a comfortable and private treatment area. In some cases, preparatory procedures may first be necessary to ensure your mouth is ready for implant placement. Common examples include tooth extraction and bone grafting.
You will be placed under IV sedation for your All-on-4® treatment, which helps promote your comfort throughout the process. Your surgeon will place dental implants as well as temporary prosthetics, allowing you to enjoy a full smile even as your implants heal.
It usually takes a few months for the implants to fuse with the surrounding bone, at which point you will be ready for a follow-up treatment to place your permanent replacement teeth.
Recovery and Aftercare
Following your dental implant placement, you will want to rest and heal for a week or so. During this period, you can expect some swelling and discomfort. Prescribed and over-the-counter medications are available to help keep you as comfortable as possible.
We recommend following a few essential aftercare tips to achieve excellent results and expedite recovery:
- Try to avoid chewing as much as possible during recovery. Stick to nutritious foods that require little or no chewing. Be especially careful to avoid chewing directly on the sites of implant placement.
- Avoid food that is hot, spicy, or high in sugar.
- Follow all your oral surgeon’s instructions to keep your smile healthy and clean while wearing the temporary prosthetic.
You’re In Good Hands with Our Doctors
All-on-4® dental implants give you a second chance at a full, healthy, and confident smile. Schedule a consultation with Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons & Dental Implant Center in the Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, Owosso, Oxford, and Midland communities to learn more about your eligibility.