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 are 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 unnecessary 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, including those who have worn traditional dentures for years, can still qualify for denture implants. No bone grafting is 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 has many forms of dental technology to determine this and 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, so we personalize each treatment, including the 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 can remove the denture. This is because they screwed into place.
How long will my All-On-4 dental implants last?
The four dental implants a dentist secures in jaw bone should last a lifetime. These fixtures fuse with the surrounding bone. If you practice good oral hygiene habits, they will never need replacing. On the other hand, a dentist may eventually need to replace dentures. It is common for dental prostheses to suffer from everyday wear and tear. Due to this, they may need to replace the dentures after 15 years. However, a dentist may never have to replace all-on-4s if the patient remains in good condition and cares for them well.
How many teeth are in All-on-4?
All-on-4 dental implants consist of four titanium implant posts that support an entire arch of prosthetic teeth. All-on-4s typically replace 12-14 teeth in the upper or lower jaw. In addition, all-on-4 dental implants do not rely on individual implants for each missing tooth.
What is the success rate of All-on-4 implants?
The success rate of All-on-4 implants is over 95% success after ten years. This makes it a reliable and long-lasting solution for replacing missing teeth. Furthermore, factors such as a patient’s overall health, oral hygiene practices, and adherence to post-operative care instructions can affect the success and longevity of All-on-4 implants.
What foods to avoid with All-on-4?
With All-on-4 implants, you should avoid hard, sticky, and crunchy foods, especially during the initial healing period, to prevent damage or dislodging of the implants. Examples include hard candies, popcorn, nuts, and chewy candies.
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.