As we get older, many of us experience a decrease in our dental health. Although our instinct is to keep repairing each tooth as it becomes damaged, these teeth can gradually become weaker over time. When several of our teeth have decayed or become otherwise compromised, it is often more beneficial to replace the full arch. Traditionally, removable dentures have been used for this purpose, but by using dental implant technology, our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Daniel Lauer, is able to provide the more natural alternative of implant-supported dentures
There are various factors to consider regarding the best dental implant option for each individual. However, in general, ideal candidates for the All-on-4® system include those with the following:
During your initial visit, Dr. Lauer will discuss your goals and complete a full exam of your teeth, jawbone density, dental bone volume, and oral health to determine which restorative treatment will be the most beneficial for your needs.
During the procedure, Dr. Lauer will carefully place the designated number of implants into their optimal locations and positions. Depending on the patient’s treatment plan, this may involve one of the following All-on-4® techniques:
In some cases, the entire All-on-4® process can be completed within a 24-hour period. Patients will wear a temporary restoration as their implants fuse with their jawbone over the course of four to six months. After this time, the final restoration that has been tailored to look like their natural, healthy teeth will be placed.
Dr. Lauer and the team at Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry ensure each patient has a clear understanding of their procedure, as well as what can be expected during the healing process. There may be some swelling, sensitivity, or discomfort immediately following the All-on-4® procedure, which should subside after a few days. Pain and anti-inflammatory medications to manage these symptoms can be helpful, taken as prescribed.
Patients are usually able to resume normal daily activities within a few days to a week after the treatment—with the exception of any strenuous actions, which should be delayed if possible until approved by Dr. Lauer. It is also strongly advised during the recovery process to consume only soft foods for at least six weeks. Upon follow-up evaluations, Dr. Lauer can guide you with recommendations for when all activities and favorite foods can be resumed as normal.
High-quality implant dentures that are cared for with good dental hygiene and habits can last for 10-15 years, sometimes even longer. Committing to daily oral upkeep, routine cleanings and exams, and check-ups with a board-certified periodontal specialist, such as Dr. Lauer, are key to implant success.
All of these actions help to prevent bacteria from infiltrating below the gumline, which can lead to infections, disease, decay, or even implant failure (although it is rare). If you are committed to following these practices and tending to optimal oral care, your All-on-4® implant dentures have the ability to uphold a long-term lifespan—possibly even decades.
Caring for your All-on-4® dental implants mimics the same responsibilities of caring for natural teeth. Daily brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush, flossing, rinsing with mouthwash, regular professional cleanings, and twice-annual oral exams with X-rays are all part of an important routine to keeping your implant-supported dentures in healthy condition. Patients should always notify their dentist’s office immediately if an issue with their dental implant occurs, so they can be evaluated before a possible problem worsens.
“I had lots of anxiety due to previous dental experiences. Dr. Lauer and his amazing team made me feel comfortable through the entire process. I love the results and highly recommend this office. They are THE BEST!”
Since the details of the All-on-4® procedure are customized to each patient’s needs, the total cost will vary from case to case. Factors that may influence the cost include:
Implant dentures, such as the All-on-4® system, are a more cost-efficient solution for patients needing to replace the majority of teeth within an arch. Although it may seem unnecessary to replace a full arch when teeth are still present, repeatedly fixing these remaining teeth ultimately costs more over time. With All-on-4® dental implants, patients can significantly improve their oral function and aesthetic with long-lasting results.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Lauer will provide a comprehensive view of the All-on-4® system, going over the benefits of choosing the solution as well as potential side effects. After determining the specifics of the patient’s treatment plan, he can provide a personalized cost quote.
To learn if All-on-4® is the best solution for your needs, please contact Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry to schedule your appointment with Dr. Lauer at our Jupiter office.