All-On-4® is a revolutionary procedure that can give you a smile you’ve always wanted in a fraction of the time. This procedure is perfect for anyone who needs new teeth without the wait time of the traditional dental implant procedures. They can be placed in a single visit without all the waiting and recovery time.
The advent of recently developed technology used by Dr. Foley and Dr. Le achieves more precise implant placement. At Foley and Le, we believe the process of getting implants should be as quick and painless as possible. If you are looking to get All-On-4® implants in Boulder, CO, Lafayette, CO, Louisville, CO, Broomfield, CO, and Longmont, CO, call (303) 444-2255.
What Are All-On-4® Implants?
Unlike traditional dental implants that are placed individually, All-On-4® dental implants support an entire arch of teeth using four or more implants. The two posterior implants are placed at a 45° angle, which provides additional stability and prevents the need for a bone graft in many cases. The other two implants are placed in the front of the mouth. This innovative technique results in a full set of beautiful teeth that look and feel natural.
The All-On-4® procedure is a minimally invasive alternative to getting a full set of dentures or waiting months for traditional implants to heal.
The benefits of the All-On-4® procedure are:
- It’s an excellent option for those who want to improve their smile quickly and efficiently.
- It is a safe and accurate procedure that can give you beautiful results in just one day.
- The process has a more comfortable recovery than traditional extraction and dental implant surgery.
Am I a Good Candidate?
You may be a good candidate for All-On-4® if you:
- Are missing one or more teeth
- Have sufficient bone density to support the implants
- Are in good overall health
- Are looking for a fast and efficient way to improve your smile
Age and health are not necessarily a factor in this procedure. However, one of the more important factors is that your jaw bone can support the implants. Those who do not have enough bone may need to undergo bone grafting before getting dental implants.
During the Initial Consultation
During your initial dental visit, we will evaluate your mouth to see if you are a good candidate for this treatment. We will also discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure. Other things we will check are:
- The number of teeth you are missing
- The location of the missing teeth
- If you have enough jawbone density
- Your medical history and what medication you are currently taking
After the initial consultation, we will take a three-dimensional model of the mouth to plan out where the implants will be placed and how the new teeth will fit together. This helps ensure that the implants’ placement is as accurate as possible. The image is then used to create a surgical guide for accurate implant placement and to fabricate the new teeth that will fit on the implants.
We offer various sedation options to help you relax and feel comfortable during your procedure. All-On-4® surgery can be performed with local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, intravenous (IV) moderate sedation, or intravenous (IV) deep sedation. Our surgeons will recommend the best type of sedation for you based on your situation.
- Local Anesthesia – May be used alone or with sedation to “numb” teeth to be removed. Numbness may last up to 8 hours. All patients receive local anesthesia, whether fully awake or sedated.
- Nitrous Oxide (“laughing gas”) – Provides some relaxation and helps to decrease anxiety associated with surgery . You are aware of your surroundings, and you will remember the procedure. Local anesthesia must always be used.
- I.V. Moderate Sedation – An IV line is started for administration of sedative drugs. You will be very relaxed but conscious. You may remember some aspects of the procedure. Most patients are comfortable with this level of anesthesia for the majority of clinic procedures.
- I.V. Deep Sedation – This is similar to moderate sedation except that you will not be conscious and will not have any significant recall of the surgery.
On the day of surgery, the computer-guided implant surgery is done in an arthroscopic fashion without requiring any flap reflection. This benefits the patient in that there is less discomfort after oral surgery.
Your old teeth are first removed, and special medical-grade titanium implants are placed into the jawbone. The implant fuses with the bone over time to provide a strong and sturdy foundation for your new teeth. Then your custom-made teeth are placed on top of the implants, giving you a new smile that looks and feels natural.
The process usually takes 4-6 hours, from start to finish, which is much less chair time than other traditional methods. This includes the time it takes for sedation, placing the implants, and putting on the temporary crowns. When you return for your permanent teeth, the process is even quicker since the implants are already in place.
After the procedure, it is normal to experience some swelling and bruising. This can be controlled with ice packs, over-the-counter pain medication, and sleeping with your head elevated for the first few days after surgery.
Avoid eating hard or chewy food as your implants will need to heal. Try to eat soft foods during this time and follow your dentist’s instructions about oral health, including using an antibacterial mouth wash and a soft toothbrush while avoiding the surgical site immediately after surgery.
After the procedure, you will need to take it easy for a few days and avoid strenuous activity. This will help with faster recovery times. Your dentist will give you specific instructions on caring for your mouth and what to expect during the healing process.
Risks of All-On-4®
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with All-On-4®. These include:
- Damage to surrounding teeth
- Nerve damage
- Rejection of dental implants
- Excessive bleeding
- Allergic reaction to anesthesia
Overall, the procedure is a safe and effective way to get dental implants. The risks are low, and the procedure has a high success rate, making it an excellent option for those who want to restore their smile quickly and with minimal discomfort. However, it’s important to remember that this procedure is not suitable for everyone. Be sure to talk to your dentist about whether or not All-On-4® is a good option for you.
All-On-4® Treatment in Boulder, CO
If you are considering dental implant options, All-On-4® may be for you. Our experienced team can help you get the results you are looking for. This procedure is fast, safe, and effective, with minimal risks and downtime.
Don’t wait months at a time for traditional single tooth implants. If you are looking for All-On-4® treatment in Boulder, CO, Lafayette, CO, Louisville, CO, Broomfield, CO, and Longmont, CO, visit us today. We are located at 1420 28th Street, Suite 100, Boulder, CO. Call (303) 444-2255 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!Call Us
Frequently Asked Questions
The surgery is done under sedation, so you will not feel any pain during the procedure. After the procedure, you may experience some swelling and bruising, which can be controlled with ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication.
All-On-4® dental implants have a high success rate and are considered a safe and effective way to get dental implants.
No, food will not get stuck under your All-On-4® dental implants. You should be able to eat all the same foods you love without any problems.
Your dentist will give you specific instructions on how to care for your mouth and what to expect during the healing process. In general, you should brush and floss your teeth as usual and avoid eating hard or chewy foods while your implants are healing.
The procedure usually takes about 4-6 hours. You will need to take it easy for a few days and avoid strenuous activity. This will help with faster recovery times.
Some insurance companies will cover all or part of the cost of implant treatments. It’s best to check with your insurance provider to see if they offer coverage for this dental care procedure