What Does the All-on-4® Process Involve?
The All-on-4® (or Arch-On-4) process makes use of dental implants. These implants are small rods or screws made from titanium that is placed in the jawbone. The implant is a replacement for the root of your tooth. Candidates for All-on-4® implants will have a minor surgical procedure in which these rods are inserted into the jawbone.
With early dental implants, there had to be a good amount of bone for the implant to sit correctly and remain in place. This meant many candidates needed to have a bone graft before they could have their implant. That made the process longer and required additional surgeries. This, in turn, increased the cost and recovery time. Thankfully, All–on-4® implants no longer typically require bone grafts. In fact, the titanium rod will fuse with the area of bone around it and prevent your jaw from losing more bone in the future.
The Replacement Teeth
Once the implants are in place, restorations are placed on top of them. Usually, these restorations are locked into place and cannot be removed, although there is a type of removable All-on-4® implant that might be an option for you. These restorations can be placed the same day the implants are put in, although typically you’re given a temporary set first. The restorations help speed up the healing process. You will visit us a few times over the next two or three months for checkups. If everything is on schedule, you will have your permanent teeth installed in about 4 to 6 months.
After you’ve had your Arch-on-4 restorations put in, you will see us annually for a check-up and cleaning. Usually, there aren’t any problems with the titanium post, but we want to make sure nothing goes wrong. There may come a time when you need a new set of crowns installed, too. However, All-on-4 implants last for quite some time.