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All-on-4 Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions
 


How are All-on-4 Dental Implants different from dentures?

All-on-4 implants are a permanent set of teeth.

About All-on-4 dental implants:

 

  • Feel, look and can be treated like permanent teeth (that means you can brush and clean them)
     

  • No need for adhesives
     

  • Do not have to be taken out 
     

  • Do not press down on your gums what makes them comfortable
     

  • Help you eat all the food again by increasing your bite force (up to 70% more)
     

  • Allow food sensation which means you can feel the hot/cold, as well as the taste
     

  • Restore your facial features
     

  • Prevent bone deterioration 

How do All-on-4 dental implants compare to traditional implants?

The technique of All-on-4 dental implant utilizes only four implants per arch, whereas traditional implants utilize each arch from six to eight implants, or even more. The implants in this procedure are also placed at an angle allowing for increased contact through the use of the natural support of your bone.
All-on-4 dental implants save time, money, and discomfort because most patients require no bone grafting in the All-on-4 procedure, which is common in traditional implant procedures.



What is the success rate with All-on-4 Dental Implants?

Published studies show a 98% success rate using All-on-4 dental implants.



How long is the All-on-4 dental implant surgery?

Approximately the surgery takes around 2.5 hours per arch.



Who is an ideal candidate for All-on-4 Dental Implants?

An ideal candidate for the All-on-4 dental implant procedure is someone who will need dentures in the future or who is currently wearing dentures. Dental implants candidates should be in good health, age does not matter.


 

Where will my replacement teeth be made?

At West Valley Endodontics & Oral Surgery everything in-house. Your new teeth will be crafted by certified lab technicians on-site. In fact, every part of your procedure, from consultation to follow-up care happens under one roof.



Will my results look natural?

Of course. No one can tell you have implants unless you tell them. The All-on-4 technique gives you permanent teeth that function, feel and look just as your real teeth. 


Do I get my permanent set of teeth the day my implants are placed?

Like any other surgery, you need time to heal. A temporary set of teeth will be placed on your implants so you will not be leaving our office without teeth. Once the healing process is complete, on a follow up visit, approximately six to eight months after surgery, your permanent teeth will be placed.


 

After an implant is placed, what type of cleaning is required ?

Just like your natural teeth, dental implants should be taken care of daily, brushing and flossing is recommended. 

We recommend regular visits to your general dentist.


 

What if I just need implants on my lower arch? & What if someday I need All-on-4 dental implants on both arches?

All-on-4 implants can be placed on just the upper or lower arch.
Dr. Carpenter will evaluate your case and might suggest performing the procedure on both arches at the same time only if he feels you might eventually need replacement teeth on both the upper and lower arches. Of course this gives better results while also saving you time and money. Your doctor will always work with you for the best treatment that fits your needs.


 

Are there any additional costs/fees to expect?

All fees will be discussed prior to surgery during the consultation appointment.