What are all-on-four dental implants?
What are All-on-four dental implants?
All-on-four dental implants look and function like real teeth. They are a series of four implants supporting all of the prosthetic teeth, which is why they are named all-on-four. These implants are strategically placed and allow one solid piece to be secured over the top of the implants to function as your new teeth. The same concept can be achieved with any number of implants.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium screw that is surgically placed in the bone of the jaw to support and attach prosthetic teeth. This is analogous to the root of the tooth, which similarly anchors the visible part of the tooth in the bone.
Am I a candidate for an all-on-four?
Many patients who desire an all-on-four already have dentures, or are missing most of their teeth. The all-on-four can be life-changing for these patients. Patients are able to chew efficiently, smile comfortably, and are less likely to experience bone loss over time as the normal forces on the implants stimulate the ridge of the jaw.
What can I expect when I get an all-on-four?
If you think you may be a candidate for an all-on-four, we will first begin with a consultation. We will take x-rays and evaluate your mouth, as well as discuss your expectations, to determine whether an all-on-four would be a good solution for you. During the placement of your dental implants, we will ensure that you are comfortable and numb. Your surgeon will place the implants into your jawbone in a specific position. Traditionally, this includes placing two implants toward the front of your mouth and two implants toward the back of your mouth so that forces can be distributed evenly. You will then have a healing period where you wait for the bones to grow around the implants. When the doctor determines the implants are stable enough, you will have the prosthetic teeth fabricated.
Kenneth A. Ingber, D.M.D., P.C.
2021 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006