Dental Arch Built on Four Implants

At Geelong West Dental, we offer a range of treatment options for your dental needs. This includes various types of dental implant solutions, such as the tooth replacement treatment known as “All Teeth On 4” implants.

Here are some FAQs about All-Teeth-On-4 Dental Implants 

What Are All Teeth On 4 Dental Implants?

All Teeth on Four is a set of dental implants placed as anchors to support a fixed dental prosthesis.  They are designed to replace your upper or lower teeth using four implants. They are a fixed alternative to removable dentures.

All Teeth on 4 is an alternative to the replacement of teeth using five to eight implants on one jaw arch. It is made possible by controlling the precision and parallelism of the front implants and the angulation of the back implants.

Benefits Of All Teeth On 4 Dental Implants

All Teeth on 4 implants and the associated fixed dental prosthesis:

  • Replace lost or missing teeth
  • Improve ability to chew food as missing teeth are restored
  • Do not move in the mouth, as long as the dental implants and the fixed dental prosthesis are stable
  • Do not rely on any teeth for anchorage
  • May provide long-term solution for missing teeth

    Who Is Suited For All Teeth On 4 Dental Implants?

    This technique may be suitable if you:

    • Are missing or about to lose all or most of your teeth
    • Have multiple broken and decayed teeth
    • Have loose teeth and late stages of gum disease
    • Seek alternatives to removable dentures and the use of denture glues

      What To Expect From All Teeth On 4 Dental Implants

      The process for All Teeth on 4 implants will start with a professional consultation, dental 3D x-rays and digital records. This is followed by a detailed treatment planning which is customised for each patient’s dental needs.

      On the day of treatment, the All Teeth on 4 dental implants are inserted.  The process of removing existing teeth that are indicated for removal in treatment planning may happen before or during the placement of dental implants. 

      It is possible to have your teeth replaced with a temporary dental bridge immediately after the All Teeth on 4 dental implant placement while waiting for the dental implants to heal. This will depend on various factors, including the stability of dental implants and patient suitability. This can be determined during the treatment planning stage but may change during the day of implant placements. After the implant healing process occurs, the final set of custom-made teeth can be mounted onto the dental implants.

      The Recovery Process

      We encourage you to follow our post-operative instructions after your dental implant placement.

      Tenderness, discomfort and some swelling are common following dental implant placement.

      Avoid strenuous activities for the first 48 hours after dental implant placement.

      Take pain-relief medications as prescribed by our dentist.

      Intermittent use of ice packs can help with reducing swelling and tenderness.

      A soft food diet is recommended for the first week of dental implant placement.

      One of the benefits of dental implants is that they can be brushed and cleaned during the healing process. Keep your teeth and dental implant clean by brushing and flossing regularly. Maintain proper dental hygiene by brushing and flossing.

      Regular dental check-ups may be required to monitor the dental implants and will be discussed by the dentist.

      The Risks

      As with any dental treatment, dental implant treatment involves some risks and may not suit all patients. These include:

      The implant not osseointegrating/healing with the bone

      One common dental implant issue is a failure of the implant and bone to heal. If this occurs, our experienced dentist will manage it by removing the implant. A new implant may be placed or we may wait a few months for recovery.

      Peri-implantitis

      This disease may affect the gums and bones surrounding the implant, leading to possible failure. The risk of developing peri-implantitis is assessed during treatment planning. This risk can be reduced by avoiding smoking and practising proper oral hygiene. If peri-implantitis occurs, our dentists may manage the disease to save the implant, or the implant may be replaced.

      Nerve damage

      There is a risk of nerve damage during dental implant placement. This complication may result in discomfort, numbness, or tingling in the lips, teeth, gums, or chin. Our dental implant treatments are performed using custom-made surgical guides fabricated using a combination of digital scans and CBCT (Cone-Beam CT) 3D X-ray technology. This allows precise placement of dental implants to avoid contact with the nerve structure.

      Infections

      Dental implants are usually placed under sterile settings. In some cases, infections related to dental implants may still occur. Our experienced dentists may prescribe antibiotics following your implant treatment to reduce the risk of infection around your dental implants.

      Different dental professional evaluations should be considered before proceeding with any dental implant treatments.

      Case 1: Upper and lower All Teeth on 4 dental implant prosthesis to replace periodontally-involved (gum disease) teeth. Photos were taken at baseline and one week after insertion of prosthesis.

      Case 2: Upper and lower All Teeth on 4 dental implant prosthesis to replace periodontally-involved (gum disease) teeth. Photos were taken at baseline and one week after insertion of prosthesis.

      Case 3: Upper All-on-4® dental implant fixed zirconia bridge prosthesis to replace upper missing teeth. Photos were taken at baseline and immediately after insertion.

      Case 4: Lower All Teeth on 4 dental implant prosthesis to replace periodontally-involved (gum disease) and missing teeth. Photos were taken at baseline and one week after insertion of prosthesis.

      Case 5: Lower All Teeth on 4 dental implant prosthesis to replace periodontally-involved (gum disease) and missing teeth. Photos were taken at baseline and one week after insertion of prosthesis.

      Photography and permission to post given by patients. Photos are indication of results which may vary between individuals. Consultation is required for further assessment. The contents of this post do not substitute professional advice. All dental procedures carry certain risks and need to be discussed with the dentist before undertaking any treatments:

      Why Choose All Teeth on 4 Dental Implants At Geelong West Dental?

      Geelong West Dental is committed to delivering personalised dental care in a welcoming environment with a team of friendly and professional dentists. At the core of our treatment philosophy is a genuine commitment to understanding your dental concerns and goals.

      Accessible Payment Options
      At Geelong West Dental, we do our best to ensure that our All Teeth on 4 dental implants are as accessible as possible. We offer several payment options for your convenience, such as interest-free payment plans.

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