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All On 4 Dental Implants
New Orleans

Serving Lakeview, West End, Metairie & Bucktown

Diagram of All-on-4 Treatment Concept implant bridge placed in the jawDental advancements have transformed the landscape of restorative dentistry, and the All-on-4 procedure stands out as a revolutionary approach to full arch rehabilitation.

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, about 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Thirty-six million people in the U.S. do not have any teeth at all. If you fall into the latter category, you have come to the right place!

At Canatella Dental, we specialize in several full-arch replacement options for patients missing all or most of their teeth. One of our most common treatments is All-on-4, a complete fixed bridge supported by a series of dental implants. This immensely beneficial treatment concept has revolutionized the way we replace missing teeth.

What Is All-on-4® Treatment Concept?

A dental implant is a small titanium screw that mimics the root component of a missing tooth. A single implant is used to support a crown, while a series of implants can be used for a partial or complete fixed bridge. In the past, a complete fixed bridge required a minimum of six to eight implants per arch.

All-on-4, as you can probably guess, is a complete bridge that only requires four implants. The two posteriors (back) implants are placed a precise angle to maximize the support of your jawbone. The two anterior (front) implants are placed at a vertical angle like conventional implant screws.

Benefits of All-on-4 Dental Implants

Superior Appearance

Your new restoration should look just like a set of real teeth! Porcelain and zirconia possess the same light-reflective properties as natural enamel.

Superior Function

Unlike traditional dentures, your All-on-4 restoration will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Thanks to the implants, your bridge will never slip or irritate the gums.

Superior Durability

Implant-supported restorations have an unmatched level of durability, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and comfort.

Superior Longevity

With the proper care and maintenance, implants last several decades without the need for replacement or repair. In some cases, your restoration could even last a lifetime!

Superior Oral Health

Perhaps the most important benefit, implants stimulate the jaw and prevent bone deterioration. This allows you to maintain better oral health and a more youthful facial appearance.

The All-on-4 procedure offers a multitude of benefits that have contributed to its widespread popularity as a preferred method for full arch rehabilitation. The All-on-4 approach significantly reduces treatment time compared to traditional implant methods. The immediate placement of a temporary restoration on the same day as implant surgery eliminates the need for a separate healing period before attaching the final prosthesis.

The use of only four implants per arch reduces the overall cost compared to traditional methods that may require a higher number of implants. Additionally, the streamlined process contributes to cost savings in terms of reduced treatment time.

The All-on-4 technique is designed to make the most of available bone, often eliminating the need for additional bone grafting procedures. This is particularly advantageous for individuals with some degree of bone loss.

One of the most significant advantages is the immediate improvement in aesthetics and functionality. Patients leave the dental office with a temporary restoration on the same day as implant placement, allowing them to resume daily activities with a restored smile.

All-on-4 Procedure

The All-on-4 procedure involves a carefully planned and executed series of steps. Learning about each phase will prepare you for the procedure if you end up getting All-on-4.

Initial Consultation

The process begins with a comprehensive examination, including digital imaging and 3D scans. This will assess the patient's bone density, oral health, and overall eligibility for the All-on-4 approach. We will then create a customized treatment plan based on the examination results.

Dental Implant Placement

The next phase is the strategic placement of four dental implants in predetermined locations. These implants are positioned to maximize contact with available bone and optimize stability. Following implant placement, a temporary prosthetic is attached to the implants on the same day. This immediate restoration allows patients to leave the dental office with a functional and aesthetically pleasing set of teeth.

Attachment of Prosthesis

While the temporary restoration provides immediate benefits, a healing period follows, allowing the implants to integrate with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. Once the integration is successful, a permanent, custom-crafted prosthesis is attached. This final restoration is designed to closely mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth.

Recovery Process

Patients will receive detailed post-procedure care instructions, covering aspects such as oral hygiene practices, dietary considerations, and any temporary adjustments needed during the initial healing period. Regular follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor the healing process, assess the functionality of the prosthesis, and address any concerns or adjustments needed.

Who is a Candidate for All-on-4?

Determining candidacy for All-on-4 involves a careful assessment of various factors to ensure the success and effectiveness of the procedure. All-on-4 is particularly suitable for individuals who have lost all or the majority of their teeth in one or both arches. It is also a viable option for those with significant tooth damage or decay.

Successful implantation relies on sufficient bone density to support the implants. Candidates for All-on-4 should have enough bone in the jaw to accommodate the four strategically placed implants per arch. Candidates should also have good overall health, free from conditions that may compromise the healing process. Factors such as diabetes and certain autoimmune disorders may impact candidacy and are evaluated on an individual basis.

All-on-4 vs. Traditional Dentures

All-on-4 dental implants stand out for their fixed nature, providing a prosthetic that is stable, functional, and closely resembles natural teeth. The minimal number of implants required reduces the complexity of the procedure and accelerates the recovery process. In contrast, traditional dentures offer a more affordable initial cost but may require adjustments over time due to changes in the jawbone and may not provide the same level of stability.

All-on-4 Success Rate and Longevity

All-on-4 has demonstrated a high success rate, with a majority of patients experiencing positive outcomes. Factors contributing to success include proper patient selection, meticulous planning, and skilled surgical execution.

The longevity of All-on-4 implants is influenced by factors such as osseointegration, the process where the implants fuse with the jawbone. When successful, osseointegration provides long-term stability, contributing to the durability of the implants.

Maintaining All-on-4 Dental Implants

Adopting meticulous oral hygiene practices is crucial for maintaining the health of All-on-4 implants. Regular brushing, flossing, and the use of antimicrobial rinses help prevent plaque buildup and maintain gum health. Routine dental check-ups are also essential.

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How long does the All-on-4 procedure take?

Compared to traditional implant methods that may require multiple surgeries and a prolonged healing period, All-on-4 streamlines the treatment time significantly. The immediate placement of a temporary prosthesis contributes to a more efficient and expedited process. Same Day Smile is also available.

What is the recovery period like?

Immediately after the surgery, patients typically experience some mild discomfort and swelling, which is manageable with prescribed medications. The use of only four implants results in a faster healing process.

Most patients find themselves enjoying light meals and returning to normal routines within a few days. As the implants integrate with the jawbone over the subsequent weeks, patients gradually regain confidence in their ability to eat, speak, and smile.

Are there any dietary restrictions after getting All-on-4?

During the immediate post-procedure period, it is advisable to stick to a soft or liquid diet. This helps prevent unnecessary strain on the implants and supports the healing process. Soups, smoothies, and softer food options are recommended during this phase.

As the recovery progresses and the implants integrate with the jawbone, patients can gradually transition to a more normal diet. While All-on-4 implants provide stability and support, it is still prudent to avoid excessively hard or sticky foods that could potentially exert excessive force on the implants.

Can I get All-on-4 if I have existing dental issues?

All-on-4 is specifically designed for individuals facing complete tooth loss or those with significant tooth damage. Adequate bone density is crucial for the success of dental implants. While existing dental issues may pose a concern, we will evaluate the bone density during the initial consultation. In some cases, we may need to perform a bone graft.

Certain medical conditions may also impact eligibility. Make sure to inform us about any dental or medical issues you may have which might complicate the procedure.

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

Find if you, too, could benefit from the All-on-4® Treatment Concept!

Call (504) 269-3486 to schedule your consultation appointment now!

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