July is all about Fours! Make Your Smile Sparkle With the All-on-4!
As we celebrated our independence this Fourth of July, we hope you and your family had a fun and safe weekend, whether it was lounging and enjoying a backyard BBQ together or you ventured out. But, in addition to hamburgers, hot dogs, and fireworks, the Dr. E Cosmetic & Family Dentistry team wants to make you aware of something else to smile about in honor of the Fourth…
Have you heard about the All-on-4 procedure? It’s gaining in popularity as an innovative and cost-effective dental treatment to restore your “sparklers,” with much more natural results than the dentures Grandpa was sporting back in the day!
How the All-on-4 Treatment Works:
You may already be familiar with dental implants – metal posts that are surgically implanted into the jawbone to anchor prosthetic teeth. The All-on-4 treatment takes this to the next level with the insertion of implants into (you guessed it) four very specific and precise locations on the jawbone. That’s right… these 4 strategically placed implants provide a stable enough foundation to support a whole row of teeth! The use of durable titanium for the implant ensures that it will fuse to the bone and ultimately function as part of it. Unlike dentures, there’s no risk of slippage and the results are natural and highly functional.
Benefits of the All-on-4 Treatment vs. Dentures:
Minimizing the number of implants needed (four vs a full row of teeth!) results in significant time and cost savings for patients with positive and long-lasting results. While the All-on-Four procedure is typically more expensive than other common dental procedures such as bonding or crowns, it delivers substantial bang for the buck. Think of it as a one-time investment that you can enjoy for a lifetime. Some key benefits of the All-on-4 vs. dentures are:
- The teeth are permanent (they don’t need to be taken out)
- The teeth look natural and can be brushed like natural teeth
- There’s no need to undergo bone grafting
- Better comfort (they don’t press down on the gums like dentures)
- You can taste food and eat with the same force of bite
- Helps prevent bone loss in the jaw
- Restores facial features (more youthful appearance)
- The procedure has a 98% success rate!
What to Expect with All-on-4?
During your consult with Dr. E, she will take precise images and impressions of the teeth and jaw. Her team will forward the impressions to the oral surgeon who will perform the actual All-on-Four implantation procedure, which takes approximately 2 ½ hours per arch (the implants can be placed on just the lower or upper arch, or both). Temporary teeth are initially implanted and the permanent porcelain teeth are implanted following a six-month healing period. Dr. E helps manage the process for patients from start to finish by providing consultation, managing imaging and coordinating with the oral surgeon from start to finish.
Tooth loss doesn’t have to mean that dentures are the only available option. Dr. E is proud to make innovative procedures like the All-on-4 readily accessible to her patients. So, If you are interested in finding out how to make your smile sparkle and pop long after the Fourth of July, please set up a consult with Dr. E Cosmetic & Family Dentistry to learn more about why the All-on-Four may be the right solution for you!
Here’s to a celebration of the Fourth of July with All-on 4!