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Dental Implants: The Ideal Replacement for Teeth

Before discussing the All-on-4 treatment concept, it’s important to provide a general overview of dental implants. A dental implant is a screw-like post drilled into the jawbone underneath the empty socket of the missing tooth, where it eventually fuses with the surrounding jawbone tissues via osseointegration. Over time, the dental implant becomes a rooted part of your dental anatomy, offering a firm and stable base for the crown or denture.

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What is the All-On-4 Technique?

Until recently, dental implants could only support a crown or bridge. If you needed to replace a complete arch of missing teeth, you needed 10+ dental implants. The All-on-4 technique allows us to replace a complete arch of missing teeth using only four strategically placed dental implants. The oral surgeon places All-on-4 implants in Denver & Lone Tree and uses them as a base to support a complete denture, thus replacing all of your missing teeth in one session.

Benefits of All-On-4:

  • Replace all of your missing teeth in one session
  • Replace a complete set of teeth using only four implants
  • Less invasive than replacing all of your teeth with traditional implants
  • Look, feel, and function like natural teeth
  • Stronger and more stable than removable dentures
  • Eat and drink whatever you want — no dietary restrictions
  • Preserve and support your natural jawbone

All-On-4 Implants vs. Dentures

All-on-4 implants are more stable than dentures, so you don’t have to worry about your teeth slipping or falling out, and you can eat and speak confidently. All-on-4 implants look and feel more like natural teeth than dentures and can give you back your smile. Furthermore, since All-on-4 implants are placed into the jawbone, they can prevent bone loss and preserve the natural shape of your face. All-on-4 implants are also an alternative solution to dentures, capable of lasting a lifetime with proper care.

The Complete All-On-4 Treatment Process

If you’re considering All-on-4 implants in Denver & Lone Tree, you’re probably wondering what the process will be like. It all starts with your consultation with Dr. Fathimani, a world-renowned oral and maxillofacial surgeon. During your consultation, the oral surgeon will thoroughly examine your mouth and jawbone to determine if you’re a good candidate for All-on-4 implants. They will also take X-rays and impressions of your teeth to create a treatment plan.

Once it’s determined that you’re a good candidate for All-on-4 implants, the next step is to have the implants placed. This is typically done under local anesthesia, but you may be sedated if you’re anxious about the procedure. During the surgery, your oral surgeon will make small incisions in your gums and place four implants into your jawbone. Once the implants are in place, your dentist will attach temporary teeth to the implants.

You can walk out with a complete set of natural-looking teeth. You may experience swelling and bruising around your mouth, but this should subside within a few days. You will continue visiting the oral surgeon during recovery to monitor progress. Once All-on-4 implants in Denver & Lone Tree have completely fused with your natural jawbone via the osseointegration process, which takes 3 to 6 months, the oral surgeon will provide the dentures.

All-on-4 Dental Implants FAQs

Can All-on-4 dental implants be used to replace both upper and lower teeth?

Yes, All-on-4 implants are designed to replace entire arches of teeth, making them ideal for both upper and lower teeth. This innovative technique utilizes just four implants per arch, providing a stable foundation for a full set of replacement teeth.

How long do All-on-4 dental implants last?

All-on-4 dental implants are known for their durability and longevity. With proper care and maintenance, they can last for many years or even a lifetime. However, regular dental check-ups, good oral hygiene practices, and avoiding habits like smoking are essential.

How do I care for All-on-4 dental implants?

Caring for All-on-4 dental implants in Denver & Lone Tree involves maintaining good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and using antimicrobial mouthwash. Additionally, routine dental check-ups and professional cleanings are essential for monitoring the health of the implants and surrounding tissues to ensure long-term success.

How soon after All-on-4 dental implant surgery can I eat normally?

Following All-on-4 dental implant surgery, it’s essential to allow adequate time for healing. Initially, a soft diet is recommended to avoid putting excessive pressure on the implants. Gradually, patients can reintroduce firmer foods as advised by their dental provider, typically within a few weeks post-surgery.

Who is a suitable candidate for All-on-4 dental implants?

Suitable candidates for All-on-4 dental implants typically include individuals with multiple missing teeth or those facing complete edentulism (toothlessness). Candidates should also have sufficient bone density to support implant placement. A consultation with a qualified dental professional can determine if this solution aligns with your oral health needs.

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Dr. Kayvan Fathimani is a triple-board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon specializing in cutting-edge dental implant techniques. He uses the most advanced implant materials that ensure optimal biocompatibility with your natural tissues, so the risk of side effects and complications from All-on-4 implants in Denver & Lone Tree is negligible. He also supports you through every stage of the implant recovery process. Please schedule a consultation to initiate your journey toward the perfect set of teeth.

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