Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

What are all on 4 dental implants?

All-on-4 dental implants or teeth in a day is an innovative procedure which can be a permanent, cost-effective solution for patients with missing teeth in the upper arch, lower arch or both arches. During the first stage of the procedure, failing teeth are removed, implants are placed and a provisional prosthesis is attached to them. 

In the second stage, after the implants have healed, a fixed permanent prosthesis is attached to them. Find out what questions to ask your doctor in terms of computer guidance, detailed procedure cost breakdown, anesthesia fees and options, overall comfort and recovery process, implant brands and patient satisfaction guarantees.

Should I get all on 4 dental implants?

All-on-4 dental implants enable your doctor to place 4 or more dental implants per arch. In stage two of the procedure, after the implants have healed, a permanent fixed dental bridge will be attached to them.

All-on-4 dental implants give patients like-natural results aesthetically and enable them to regain nearly 90 percent chewing efficiency and enjoy a varied, healthier diet compared to patients with dentures who only have 10 to 20 percent chewing efficiency. 

Who is not a candidate for All on 4 dental implants?

If a patient is not a candidate for dental implants in general, they will not be a good candidate for All-on-4 dental implant. Your doctor will need to assess your overall health, see your medical history and your medication regimen to estimate your ability to heal implants. 

If you have an underlying condition, you may still be a good candidate, provided that the condition is kept under control. Certain medications and radiation used for cancer treatment can lead to a negative outcome of the procedure and impair its long-term success. 

Finally, optimal implant function is only possible if there is sufficient bone volume. If the patient does not have high-quality jawbone, they may still be suitable candidates but they will require additional procedures such as grafting prior implant placement or zygomatic cheekbone implants.

How long does a dental implant procedure take?

Straightforward dental implant placement when the jawbone is healthy and available in adequate supply typically takes about 30 minutes. If bone grafting is needed, the procedure may take longer, but no more than 60 minutes. If the sinus lift is also required, the procedure may take between 60 and 90 minutes.

How long do All-on-4 implants last?

All-on-4 implants can be a permanent solution if the patient is vigilant about follow-up appointments and oral and dental hygiene and in good general health. This is the only way to avoid inflammation and bone loss and prevent implant failure. Patients who have uncontrolled underlying conditions or take medications such as bisphosphonates which cause bone deterioration are also at risk of implant failure.