All-on-4 Dentures

All-on-4 implant-supported dentures is a type of dental restoration designed for patients who are missing most or all of their teeth. This treatment provides a full set of fixed (non-removable) dentures supported by four dental implants in each jaw.

Advantages of All-on-4 Implants

· Fewer Implants: Only four implants are needed per jaw, which can be beneficial for those with limited bone density.

· Cost-Effective: Compared to placing an implant for each missing tooth, the All-on-4 system is more affordable.

· Stability and Comfort: The fixed dentures provide better stability and comfort compared to traditional removable dentures.

· Aesthetic and Functional Improvement: They offer a natural look and improve your ability to chew and speak.

The All-on-4 Process

Initial Consultation and Planning

· Consultation and Examination: The process begins with a thorough consultation with Dr. DeLong. If he believes that All-on-4 is a suitable treatment for your needs, you will be referred to a specialist, typically an oral surgeon, to complete the surgical stage of treatment.

· Imaging and Diagnostics: Advanced imaging techniques, such as 3D cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans, are used to assess the jawbone's condition and to plan the precise placement of the implants.

· Treatment Planning: Based on the diagnostic information, your oral surgeon will create a detailed treatment plan. This includes determining the optimal implant positions, selecting appropriate materials for the prosthesis, and planning any necessary preparatory procedures, such as extractions or bone grafting.

Surgical Phase

· Preparation: If any teeth need to be extracted, this is usually done at the start of the procedure. In some cases, bone grafting may be performed to ensure there is sufficient bone to support the implants.

· Implant Placement: Your oral surgeon places four dental implants strategically in each jaw. These implants are typically positioned at an angle to maximize contact with the bone, which provides better support and stability.

· Temporary Dentures: On the same day as the implant placement, temporary dentures are often attached to the implants. This is why the procedure is sometimes referred to as "teeth in a day."

These temporary dentures allow you to have functional teeth while the implants integrate with the bone.

Healing and Integration

· Osseointegration: Over the next three to six months, the implants undergo a process called osseointegration, where they fuse with the jawbone. This creates a solid foundation for the permanent dentures. During this time, we recommend eating a soft diet to support healing.

Final Restoration

· Final Impressions: Once the implants have fully integrated, Dr. DeLong will take impressions of your mouth to create the final set of dentures. These impressions ensure that the dentures fit accurately and comfortably.

· Fabrication of Final Dentures: The final denture is custom-made in a dental laboratory. These dentures are designed to match your natural teeth in color, shape, and size, providing an aesthetically pleasing and functional result.

· Attachment of Final Dentures: Dr. DeLong will securely attach your denture to the implants, making any adjustments as needed to ensure a perfect fit and optimal comfort.

Follow-Up and Maintenance

· Post-Procedure Care: You will receive detailed instructions on how to care for your new dentures and implants. This includes maintaining good oral hygiene, attending regular dental checkups at our Santa Clara dental office, and avoiding certain foods that might damage the prosthesis.

· Regular Checkups: Regular follow-up appointments at David R. DeLong, DDS are crucial to monitor the condition of the implants and dentures, and to address any issues promptly.

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