Missing or damaged teeth can wreak havoc on your smile, leading to more serious oral health concerns. Trouble chewing, discomfort, reduced confidence, and a misaligned bite are just some of the things you can experience when you do not have a full set of healthy teeth. One of the simplest ways to obtain a complete set of teeth is by getting All-on-4® dental implants in Fairfax, VA.
Virginia Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery offers All-on-4 dental implants and numerous other oral surgical procedures to improve your smile.
What Are All-on-4 Dental Implants?
All-on-4 dental implants are a type of dental implant system used to replace all missing teeth on the upper or lower jaw. This system uses just four to six dental implants per arch to support a full set of replacement teeth, providing a fixed and permanent solution that looks, feels, and functions like natural teeth. All-on-4 implants are typically less invasive and require less bone density than traditional dental implant procedures, making them a popular choice for those who have experienced significant tooth loss or bone deterioration in the jaw.
What Are the Benefits of All-on-4 Dental Implants?
All-on-4 dental implants offer a variety of oral health and aesthetic benefits. When you receive All-on-4 implants, you will have a new set of full, healthy teeth to replace your broken, damaged, or missing teeth.
In most cases, All-on-4 implants only involve four to six implants placed strategically throughout your mouth. This setup makes All-on-4 implants a simpler, more straightforward process than placing individual dental implants.
The Initial Consultation & Preparing for Implant Placement
Your All-on-4 implant journey will begin with a consultation appointment. During your consultation, you will get a tour of our facility before meeting with your oral surgeon. Next, you will meet with Dr. Gocke or Dr. McAdams to discuss your desired outcome and review the entire procedure.
Our surgeons will evaluate your existing teeth and jaw structure to determine whether All-on-4 is the best course of treatment, and if it is, they will begin designing your treatment plan.
The night before your procedure, we ask that you stop eating at least 12 hours before your appointment. If you take any prescription medications, let our team know so that we can advise you on how to take them in the hours leading up to your surgery.
The Day of Surgery
All-on-4 is a multistep treatment that we can complete in one appointment. Our surgeons work with a restorative dentist and lab technician to develop your unique treatment plan before the day of your surgery.
Your All-on-4 procedure will begin with IV sedation administered by Dr. Gocke or Dr. McAdams. This sedation keeps you comfortable for the duration of your procedure. You can expect your All-on-4 procedure to take around two hours to finish.
In the first step of the treatment, your oral surgeon will extract any remaining teeth and perform bone grafting wherever necessary. They will place four or more dental implants in the dental arch. This process establishes your implants in strategic locations to give the final restoration more strength and stability.
During the second step of the procedure, the lab technician and your restorative dentist will create a temporary denture that attaches to your freshly placed implants. The purpose of this denture is to provide a natural-looking stand-in for your missing or broken teeth until we place your final restoration.
The Recovery & Final All-on-4 Restoration
Once your All-on-4 procedure is complete, we will transfer you to a private recovery room where you can rest comfortably until you awaken fully. When you are completely alert, we will review your postoperative instructions and schedule a follow-up appointment.
Although your temporary denture will resemble a set of natural teeth, we will advise you not to chew on them for about three to four months. Once this period has passed, you will return for your follow-up appointment.
When our surgeons see that your implants have integrated well with your jaw, we will refer you back to your dentist. Your dentist will produce and attach your final restoration to create a natural-looking full set of teeth.
You may be a good candidate for All-on-4 dental implants if you have multiple missing or damaged teeth, bite misalignment, or do not want traditional implants.
The best to confirm that you are a candidate for All-on-4 dental implants is by consulting with an oral surgeon. The surgeons at Virginia Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery will evaluate your dental concerns to determine whether All-on-4 is the rightt fit or if another treatment is better suited to meet your needs.
Schedule Your All-on-4 Dental Implants Consultation
Do you have broken, missing, or damaged teeth? All-on-4 dental implants can help restore your beautiful smile and create a full set of teeth. When multiple teeth are missing or broken, All-on-4 implants may be the best course of action.
Virginia Oral, Facial & Implant Surgery offers full mouth restoration with All-on-4 dental implants in Fairfax, VA. Learn more about All-on-4 implants by contacting us online or at (703) 388-2805.