Common All-On-4 Dental Implant Treatment Questions
All-On-4 Dental Implants are a popular procedure for patients who are missing the majority or all their natural teeth. Various dental implant and orthodontic appliance solutions can address missing teeth. In determining what treatment is right for you, it is crucial to consider the treatment time, comfortability, and feel of the implant or denture and the overall cost. Review some common All-On-4 dental implant treatment questions below and call our experienced implant dentist, Dr. Christopher Pottorff to answer additional questions or to schedule an implant consultation.
How Is All-On-4 Different From Traditional Implants?
The most significant difference is the number of dental implants. Unlike individual implants, All-on-4 or All-on-6 can replace all a patient’s teeth using only four or six dental implants. All-On-4 dental implant treatment also differs from traditional implants in that a bone graft is not typically required, and this implant type provides quicker results.
The Pros And Cons Of All-On-4 Treatment
Patients who are considering All-On-4 treatment should be aware of the following advantages and disadvantages associated with the procedure.
Advantages of All-on-4 include:
- A less invasive procedure due to purposeful angulation
- Usually placed on the same day as tooth extraction
- Implants feel natural
- Prevents jawbone from deteriorating
- Typically, less costly than conventional dental implants, especially when the majority of teeth are missing
- Bone graft is not generally required
- A permanent solution provided the patient practices good oral self-care
Disadvantages to All-on-4 include:
- Requires a high level of bone for implants to be placed
- An extensive procedure that requires a time commitment to achieve optimal results
- Complications may occur, especially if patients do not exercise good oral self-care
How Long Is The Procedure?
Dr. Christopher Pottorff typically completes All-on-4 within two to four hours per arch.
Is The All-On-4 Procedure Painful?
Most patients who get All-On-4 dental implants report experiencing less pain than they anticipated initially. This may be because you have the option of local anesthesia or sedation. The lack of pain is also due to the extensive training and experience of our implant surgeon, Dr. Christopher Pottorff, offering All-On-4 implants.
How Do I Know If I’m A Good Candidate For All-On-4 Implants?
Most patients are great candidates for All-On-4 dental implants treatment, whether they have bone density, age, or oral health concerns. If your overall oral health is good enough to have a tooth extracted, you will likely have success with All-On-4 dental implants.
How Long Is The Recovery From The All-on-4 Procedure?
The healing process from All-On-4 treatment is relatively quick compared to traditional dental implants, which have a 3 to 4-month recovery period. From the first day, the dental implants begin fusing into your bone. Some people can even eat solid food on the day of their All-on-4 procedure.
What Is The Success Rate?
All-On-4 dental implant treatment has a 98% success rate. To improve your success rate, practice good oral hygiene and schedule regular dental cleaning and exam appointments at Advanced Dental & Implant Care following your implant treatment.
Will All-On-4 Implants Look Like My Natural Teeth?
Yes. Patients who have All-On-4 implants are usually thrilled with how much the dental implants function, feel, and look like their natural teeth. Read our patient reviews to hear why patients choose our implant surgeon, Christopher Pottorff, DMD at Advanced Dental & Implant Care in Algonquin.
Schedule An Implant Consultation
Call our implant team at (847) 854-1200 and schedule your implant consultation at Advanced Dental & Implant Care: Christopher Pottorff, DMD. We treat patients for dental implants from Huntley, Carpentersville, Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills, Elgin, South Elgin, Barrington, McHenry, Woodstock, and many surrounding areas.