All-on-4 – Bend, OR
Four Implant Posts, One Row of Teeth
Some patients might think they need a dental implant post for all their missing teeth, but thanks to the All-on-4 procedure, a mere four implant posts can be all it takes to let you eat, speak and smile normally again. If you or a loved one is suffering from extensive tooth loss, call the Ponderosa Dental Center right away; in many cases we can use All-on-4 in Bend to fully restore your grin without the need for bone grafting!
How Do All-on-4 Implants Work?
While traditional dentures rest on the gums, the All-on-4 procedure involves placing dental implant posts directly into your jawbone before attaching them to an arch of prosthetic teeth. This provides better stability for your dentures and stops them from slipping at embarrassing moments.
Am I a Candidate for All-on-4 Implants?
You might be a candidate for All-on-4 if you’ve lost all or most of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw, although any remaining pearly whites will need to be extracted. We’ll have to make sure your gums are in good health before the surgery; an infection can cause the dental implants to fail. For patients who smoke, All-on-4 may still be an option if you give up cigarettes before and after the procedure.
What are the Benefits of All-on-4 Implants?
- Dental implant posts fuse with your jawbone and essentially become part of your body, which helps them feel very natural in your mouth.
- Thanks to the stimulation they provide, dental implants can prevent bone loss in your jaw.
- Dentures supported by implants will let you eat a wider variety of foods.
- Dental implants are very durable and require little maintenance. If you take good care of them, they can last for decades or even a lifetime.
All-on-4 VS Traditional Dental Implants
Because of the strategic placement of the implant posts during the All-on-4 procedure, many patients are able to avoid the bone grafting that’s often required once the jaw has deteriorated due to missing teeth. Another advantage is that All-on-4 patients can sometimes get temporary dentures right after the surgery; normally, the only option would be to wait for the posts to fully fuse with the jawbone before you could receive any new teeth.