If you have lost a number of teeth, All-on-4® dental implants may be for you. This option offers a quicker, effective, and more affordable way to replace an entire arch of teeth with just four implants. At La Michoacana Dental Clinic in Houston, Texas, the expert dental staff can help you evaluate whether this alternative to dentures is for you. If you live in the Houston area, call one of their two locations or use the online booking agent to learn more about All-on-4 implant options.
The All-on-4 implant procedure is an alternative to traditional dental implants. Implants involve surgically inserting a post into the bone of the tooth socket, adding a connector, and then applying a crown, or false tooth. Implants look and feel like natural teeth and contribute to bone health by strengthening the jawbone.
If you’re missing a great number of teeth, however, individual implants can be costly and invasive, requiring lots of work and long healing times. With All-on-4 dental implants, you need just four implants to anchor the replacement teeth. This results in a dramatic improvement in chewing ability, appearance, teeth stability, and overall oral comfort.
All-on-4 implants are a good option for people who have no teeth. You may also appreciate the option if you have:
All-on-4 also costs less overall than conventional implant procedures.
For full-mouth reconstruction, conventional techniques once required you to receive up to 10 implants per jaw, which is as many as 20 for the entire mouth. This is extremely expensive and invasive, requiring long healing times and recovery periods. With All-on-4, most people need just one single day of implant surgery to place the four implants.
Following an initial consultation to determine if the procedure makes sense for you, the dentists at La Michoacana Dental Clinic do a thorough diagnostic workup to determine if your gums and bones are healthy enough to support the implants. They examine bone length, width, and density to see if your jawbone can securely hold the rods.
When you’re cleared for the procedure, the staff schedules your surgery and the fitting of your new dental bridge. You come in for follow-up appointments after surgery to evaluate whether your implants are healing properly.
Most patients receive their dental implants and a new, temporary set of non-removable teeth on the same day. The final bridge, customized for you, is ready within four to six months, and if your healing goes according to plan, the dentists insert it for a permanent solution to missing teeth.
If you’re missing multiple teeth, call La Michoacana Dental Clinic to find out if All-on-4 implants are for you or book your consultation online.