Complete tooth loss on the bottom or top arch can be treated with a revolutionary new system called All-On-4 dental implants. Dr. Keith Boenning and Dr. Nathan Dancykier are Towson, MD dentists and are considered experts in the field of implant dentistry. Missing teeth should be addressed as soon as possible due to negative side-effects including bone loss, difficulty eating, and embarrassment. While you have several options available, All-On-4 implants is the best solution due to the many benefits teeth implants offer.
About All-On-4 Dental Implants
Many patients think they need a single dental implant to replace every single missing tooth. While this may be ideal, not many patients can have that done. Especially patients that are missing an entire arch of teeth and have suffered from some jawbone loss. Furthermore, it is not necessary since a single dental implant can endure the load of several missing teeth.
The All-On-4 method was created to maximize the amount of available bone and minimize the amount of time a patient goes without teeth. This teeth replacement system uses only four to six dental implants to secure a denture. We will use longer than normal implants and surgically place them at angles to gain extra support from the bone. This means patients with bone loss, which includes patients who have worn traditional dentures for years, can still qualify for denture implants. No bone grafting required.
The All-On-4 Process
Before beginning treatment, Dr. Boenning or Dr. Dancykier will need to determine if you qualify for this tooth replacement treatment. Dental Implants & Cosmetic Dentistry of Towson is equipped with many forms of dental technology to determine this as well as help plan your treatment. Your dentist will utilize cone beam computed tomography (CT) to view your bone density, soft tissues, and nerve pathways.
During the surgical procedure, the dental implants will be placed in the precise, pre-determined location along the arch. Immediately following that, a temporary denture will be secured to them. For about six months, you will be monitored to make sure you are healing well. During this time, the implants will fuse with the surrounding bone. Approximately six months later, your permanent denture will be secured to the implants.
All-On-4 Implants FAQs
How long will the All-On-4 surgery take?
Each patient will have unique circumstances and that is why we personalize each treatment, including surgical phase, to their needs. On average, placing four dental implants in one arch takes about two and a half hours. Your surgery may take a little longer or even require less time.
Can I remove my All-On-4 implant denture?
The All-On-4 treatment does not use a snap on denture. Only Dr. Boenning and Dr. Dancykier are able to remove the denture. This is because they screwed into place.
How long will my All-On-4 dental implants last?
The four dental implants that are secured in jaw bone should last a lifetime. These fixtures fuse with the surrounding bone. If you practice good oral hygiene habits, then they will never need to be replaced. On the other hand, the denture may need to be replaced eventually. It is common for dental prostheses to suffer from everyday wear and tear. Due to this, the denture may need replaced after 15 years. If it remains in good condition and is well cared for, it may never have to be replaced.
Schedule an All-On-4 Dental Implant Consult in Towson, MD
Are you looking for an aesthetically pleasing way to replace a whole row of teeth? Book an appointment with Dr. Keith Boenning or Dr. Nathan Dancykier to learn more about the All-On-4 implant solution. Call 410.324.2294 or request a consultation with Dr. Boenning or Dr. Dancykier on our website today.