What is an all-on-4 dental implant?
Are you interested in discovering more about All-on-4 dental implants? Dr. Kevin Boulard, our general and cosmetic dentist, highly recommends the All-on-4 dental implants if you are wanting a fixed solution instead of a removable denture. At his dental practice, Something To Smile About in Merrimack, NH, Dr. Boulard offers his patients the opportunity to live life without dentures. All-on-4 dental implant treatment works by implanting the screws (implants) into four areas on each arch. In contrast to other enhancement dentures, All-on-4 uses fewer implants for a secure fit. If you are ready to speak to Dr. Boulard about All-on-4 dental implants, we encourage you to schedule an appointment today.
Who needs an all-on-4 dental implant?
All-on-4 dental implants may be installed to support the upper and/or lower dental arches. Once the four implants are healed, a denture can be attached. You may be a good candidate for All-on-4 dental implants if you prefer the benefits of implanted dentures over removable dentures. This includes having no or fewer dietary limitations, no messy glues, and no nightly denture soaking. To be an All-on-4 dental implant candidate, you need healthy gums and bone density. If needed, gum and/or bone grafts might be performed before implant surgery. Dr. Boulard can ascertain if this procedure is appropriate for you during your consultation and will help discuss all of your options.
Dr. Boulard's All-on-4 dental implant techniques
The first step in the All-on-4 dental implant process is to take digital impressions and x-rays of your teeth. Dr. Boulard will develop your unique treatment program and go over your options for sedation throughout your procedures. The process will take place in stages. The first stage involves the surgical placement of the dental implants in your gums. The implants will heal within the jawbone and gums. You will wear a temporary restoration over your implants until the denture is ready to be placed. After a few months, you will come back to get your custom-made dentures connected and then adjusted for a good fit.
taking care of your All-on-4 Dental implants
You might feel some pain and discomfort in your gums after implant surgery. During the time you're wearing temporary dentures, there will be some dietary limitations and cleaning instructions to follow. You'll also schedule routine follow-ups during the healing period so Dr. Boulard can check your progress and ensure the implants are integrating into your bone socket and gums as they should be. As soon as your custom dentures are placed, you can clean them just like your natural teeth with regular flossing and brushing. You should still visit Something To Smile About for yearly examinations and biannual professional cleanings to maintain your dentures.
All-On-4 Dental Implants are something to smile about
The unique All-on-4 system enables you to avoid the hassle and constraints of removable dentures for a result that looks and feels natural. Dr. Boulard will explain the benefits of All-on-4 dental implants and help you decide if you are a candidate. Contact Something To Smile About in Merrimack, NH to schedule a consultation.