Your Questions About All on Four Dental Implants Answered!
All on four dental implants is the latest innovative technology used in Arizona when a patient needs to replace all or most of their natural teeth. In the past, when all natural teeth were lost, dentures were the only alternative. Today your cosmetic dentist in Peoria can offer all on four dental implants as a revolutionary and permanent alternative to dentures.
When only a few teeth are lost, regular dental implants in Peoria may be the answer. The implants act as an artificial tooth root and eventually become part of the jaw bone. They look and feel like your own teeth. The problem comes in when most or all of the patient’s teeth are lost or need to be extracted. It would require a great deal of surgery and expense to replace all of your teeth with individual dental implants.
What Makes All on Four Dental Implants Superior to Dentures?
Dentures are removable, so by their nature they are prone to slipping, instability and an uncomfortable fit, all of which make chewing difficult. Dentures also leave you more susceptible to bone loss and can cause bad breath when bits of food become trapped underneath them.
All on four dental implants in Peoria will feel, look and function like your natural teeth. This revolutionary technique involves the placement of four specifically designed dental implants per arch. These implants, which will eventually fuse with your jawbone, will provide a strong anchor for your replacement teeth to be attached to. Unlike old fashioned dentures, the use of dental implants may help lessen the bone loss that accompanies the loss of teeth. That bone loss is what eventually gives the face an older, sunken appearance after teeth have been lost.
Since the artificial teeth are permanently attached, there will be no problems with slipping or instability. No problems with chewing, or the need to avoid certain foods. Best of all, no removing dentures in Peoria to clean or soak and no embarrassment of being caught without your dentures in.
What Is Involved in the Procedure?
Although every case is different, in general the surgery takes about two hours per arch. Your Arizona cosmetic dentist will place four dental implants per arch. This is where the training and experience of your cosmetic dentist comes in. The more precisely the dental implants are placed the greater the chances of success. When a highly experienced cosmetic dentist properly performs the procedure the success rate is as high as 98%.
Using only four implants to attach the artificial teeth greatly reduces the treatment and recovery time. Using the all on four implants procedure often eliminates the need for bone grafting. Many patients who have been told that they don’t have enough bone for implants may still be candidates for this procedure.
Since the x-rays and impressions will have been completed at a prior appointment the replacement teeth will already be there on the day of your surgery. Usually your dentist in Peoria will install the teeth during the procedure, allowing you to go home with a full set of teeth in only one day! Patients are often surprised at how little discomfort they actually experience. Of course your Arizona cosmetic dentist will prescribe medication for pain if necessary.
How to Care for Dental Implants
It’s normal to experience some discomfort, swelling and minor bleeding after the surgery. If bleeding occurs apply gentle pressure with some dampened gauze. Throughout the first few days following the surgery some swelling is to be expected. It is generally worse in the morning after lying down all night. Elevating the head by sleeping on several pillows or in a recliner may help reduce swelling. Cold packs are also helpful to reduce swelling when used as directed by your dentist. It’s extremely important to follow your dentist’s instructions in order to avoid complications. Your dentist may send you home with antibiotics and/or pain medication. It’s best to take your first dose of pain medication while your mouth is still numb, that way it will have already begun to work by the time the numbness wears off. You will also be instructed to stick to cold, soft foods for the first 24 to 48 hours.
It’s important to be very gentle with the area. If you have been instructed to use any type of mouth rinse, simply let it sit on the area, do not swish it. That evening you can brush the rest of your teeth normally but avoid the implant area for a few days. Rinse your mouth after eating. As the area heals you can begin to gently brush the site. The cleaner you can keep your mouth the better the chances for success. Once your mouth has healed you will care for the implants the same way you care for your natural teeth, with flossing and brushing. Today’s implants may very well last as long as a natural tooth.
How Much Will All on Four Dental Implants Cost?
The most common question people have concerns the cost of dental implants. Unfortunately, since each individual case is so different, there is no way to estimate the cost without a thorough dental exam.
Aesthetic Dentistry of Arrowhead
Losing one’s teeth can be emotionally devastating. The good news is that today there are more and better choices in teeth replacement than ever before. If you are interested in dental implants or all on four dental implants, schedule an appointment at Aesthetic Dentistry of Arrowhead for a free consultation to discuss your options with Dr. Ceyhan. He is highly experienced in cosmetic and implant dentistry and has an extremely high rate of patient satisfaction. Each year he attends hundreds of hours of continuing education in order to keep up with the most innovative advances and techniques in dentistry.
Dr. Greg Ceyhan – Aesthetic Dentistry of Arrowhead
17100 N 67th Ave, Suite 500
Glendale, Arizona 85308
Phone: (623) 979-1515
Fax: (623) 878-1811
Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm