How Does the All-on-4 Procedure Work?
After consulting with your dentist and deciding the All-on-4 procedure is the best route of dental treatment for you, you will schedule a day to move ahead with the process. This includes the following stages:
The preparation for your All-on-4 procedure may look a little different, but it will generally start with measurements. These measurements must be taken to ensure your implants and prosthetics fit properly and allow you to bite, chew, and speak normally. Your natural gum lines will be measured, as well as your bite. You may need to receive a ridge reduction in order to accommodate your new prosthesis.
Bite impressions will also be to create molds. Once this preparation has been completed, you are ready for surgery.
The surgical procedure will begin with a local anesthetic. From here, any remaining natural teeth will be extracted to make room for your All-on-4 tooth replacement. An incision will be made directly in the gums, which allows your dental professional to smooth your bone and prepare it for the implants. The four dental implant posts will be inserted directly into the jawbone. These posts are made of an advanced composite that is extremely strong and effective at forming a strong and secure bond with the living tissue of your jawbone.
To connect your prosthetic teeth to your implant posts, abutments will be used. Your prosthesis will be placed and can begin to heal.
Once the procedure has been finished, you will be given specific directions to follow regarding post-surgery oral care. Pain relievers will be prescribed by your doctor to take as needed, and you will be provided with information on how to keep your mouth properly cleaned and free of debris. Swelling and low amounts of bleeding are not uncommon after the All-on-4 procedure. To accelerate healing and ensure everything is going smoothly, your dentist will schedule checkups to monitor progress.
You will be given instructions on a soft-food diet to follow for the first few months after the procedure. This will help with the general discomfort and also allow your implants to fully integrate, bond, and become a permanent fixture within the surrounding jawbone. This bonding process can take anywhere from two to three months, after which you can reintroduce firmer foods into your diet.