All-on-4 dental implant step by step
All-on-4 dental implants are simple dental implant procedures using advanced materials and methods. Many of our Jacksonville-area patients prefer All-on-4 implants to dentures or other types of dental implants to replace multiple missing teeth because they require no adhesives and can be cared for like natural teeth.
All-on-four dental implant surgery is usually completed in one day. Once the implant post is surgically placed, a temporary denture is used until the implant is fully integrated into the jawbone. After the integration, called “osteointegration”, the dentist inserts the permanent teeth. This usually happens about 6-8 weeks after the implant has fused to the jawbone. Here’s what to expect at each step of the All-on-4 process:
3 Easy Steps from All on 4 Implants
All-on-4 implants are an excellent way to replace one or more missing teeth. The procedure for placing an All-on-4 implant is not as complicated as many patients first think. In fact, it’s as easy as 1-2-3.
- We will consult with you about your needs.
You should expect a complete examination of your mouth, including x-rays of your teeth and a DVT scan to examine your jawbone and other underlying structures. We will also discuss and determine if you are a good candidate for surgery. If you are a good candidate for the procedure, we will plan your placement procedure.
- Implant placement.
Make sure you have someone to drive you home when you are done, as you will be sedated for the procedure. Once fully sedated, the dentist will extract all remaining teeth and make small incisions in the gums to create 4 maxillary and 4 mandibular sinuses. Implants are inserted into these incisions. Then insert the implant screw into the jawbone and attach the connector. Bone grafting may be needed at this stage of surgery. The final step is to sew the gums together and put in a temporary denture until the implant site has healed.
After dental implants are placed, they must be given time to heal properly. Every healing process is a little different, but recovery after surgery typically includes 72 hours of rest and the use of ice packs to reduce any swelling that may occur. Your doctor may prescribe drugs to help prevent pain and infection. Approximately 3-6 months of “osseointegration” is required for the new bone growth to integrate around the implant and complete the healing process. A soft diet is highly recommended for the first few months after surgery to avoid putting too much force on the newly placed implant and to ease discomfort. Your doctor will replace your temporary dentures with permanent dentures.