Patients missing most or all of their teeth can benefit from All-on-4 dental implants, which can replace an entire arch of teeth in a quick, cost-effective manner. Dr. James Slaman offers this technique at our Albuquerque, NM, practice, and he provides oral conscious sedation to ensure your treatment is as comfortable as possible. It is our goal to provide expert level dental care in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
The All-on-4® Technique vs Traditional Dental Implants
When traditional dental implants are used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, a three- to six-month healing period is typically required before a restoration can be attached. Additionally, if there is insufficient jawbone tissue, preparatory procedures such as bone grafting may be necessary to prepare for the implants. These additional surgeries can further lengthen total treatment time. Patients may then need up to eight implants to achieve desired stability, which can become costly.
The All-on-4® dental implant concept is a revolutionary procedure that provides a fixed denture using only four implants. Typically, two straight implants are placed in the front portion of the jaw, and two angled implants are placed in the back portion of the jaw. Because the implants are strategically positioned, even patients with jawbone atrophy can benefit from this teeth replacement solution. Additionally, patients can often receive their permanent restoration immediately following dental implant surgery. For this reason, you may hear this technique referred to as “same-day-teeth” or “teeth-in-a-day.”
Am I a Candidate for All-on-4 Dental Implants?
If you are missing most or all of your natural teeth on the upper arch, lower arch, or both, you are probably a good candidate for the All-on-4 dental implant treatment. Whether you have been wearing traditional dentures for years, or you are exploring denture options for the first time, All-on-4 dentures could be life-changing.
The All-on-4 dental implant concept is a revolutionary procedure that provides a fixed denture using only four implants.
For optimal success, patients should be in good physical health before undergoing any kind of oral surgery, as good health significantly lowers the risk of complications. Patients who use smoke will be required to abstain from using any tobacco products until full healing is complete.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Slaman will perform a thorough examination to determine your candidacy for dental implants. He can help you determine if All-on-4 implants are right for you or if another solution, such as dental crowns or bridges, are more appropriate for your needs.
Benefits of All-on-4 Dental Implants
Thousands of patients enjoy the advantages of All-on-4 dental implants. Some of these benefits include:
- Improved Oral Health: Because dental implants replace your natural tooth roots, they prevent further bone resorption, which is a common effect of tooth loss.
- Immediate Restoration: Unlike traditional implants that require months of healing, the All-on-4 technique allows the immediate placement of your permanent restoration.
- Improved Confidence: Traditional dentures can be uncomfortable and slip out of place during normal function. The All-on-4 treatment offers a permanent and stable solution, allowing you to eat, chew, and speak with confidence.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you would like to explore your teeth replacement options, schedule an appointment with Dr. Slaman. You can contact us online anytime, or call our office at (505) 881-7586.