Tooth loss is a concept as old as time but, there are great replacement tooth options in the modern world. Approximately half of the US population is missing at least one tooth. What this has done is spurred growth in the replacement tooth industry and the revolution of dental implants. When teeth are at an unsaveable state or are no longer functioning appropriately, full mouth or full arch dental implants can be an option.
What is All-on-4® or the Teeth-In- A Day ™ concept?
All-on-4® and Teeth-In-A Day ™ is a treatment modality where all the teeth in the mouth or in a specific arch (upper or lower) can be replaced with a fixed implant bridge supported by 4 implants. This treatment can be used for patients who have teeth that can no longer be fixed due to rampant cavities or periodontal disease.
Who Should Get All-on-4® or Teeth-In-A Day ™?
Those that are suffering for advanced tooth loss or those that are unhappy with conventional dentures can be candidates for this type of treatment. Please contact our office to see if you are a candidate for an All-on-4® or Teeth-In-A Day ™.
What’s the difference between an All-on-4®/ Teeth-In-A Day ™ and conventional dentures?
There are several ways in which All-on-4® or Teeth-In-A Day™ implants are better than dentures. Patients take care of All-on-4® or Teeth-In-A Day ™ implants in the same way they care for their natural teeth by brushing each day. The implants also operate similarly to natural teeth. Having implants in bone often holds up the quantity and quality of bone much more than a conventional denture. However, dental implants do require great upkeep as bone loss and infection can still occur around implants.
The Success of the All-on-4® Procedure in Our Dallas, Irving, Keller and Fort Worth Dental Offices
Success rates are often upward ot 95% with this procedure according to the American Association of Oral Maxillofacial surgery.
The Process of Getting All-on-4® or Teeth-In-A Day ™ at PerioLife
Typically, the surgery takes a few hours per arch. We can install your All-on-4® or Teeth-In-A Day ™ implants on your upper, lower, or both arches at the same time. While a dentist may make the process look easy, there is a lot of planning that goes into this treatment. The process of getting All-on-4® or Teeth-In-A Day ™ implants can be laid out in three steps
– Evaluation: A detailed examination is done to determine the relationship of your jaw, your current dental condition, and your facial shape. 3D x rays are often taken to determine the location of facial structures like nerves and sinuses.
– Planning:Your periodontist will plan where the ideal location is for your dental implants to maximize the final result and function. This is often done digitally to plan for the surgery ahead of time.
– Surgery: The last step is the actual placement of the implants. Typically, a temporary denture is seated the day of surgery which can be altered over the course of the 3 month healing time for the dental implants.