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All on 4 Dental Implants Explained: Procedure and Aftercare

Reviewed and approved by Dr Izbel Aksit.

Your teeth play an important role in enhancing the aesthetics of your face. A perfect set of teeth adds beauty, symmetry, and balance to the facial features. If you have broken, missing, decayed, and chipped teeth, you might avoid smiling so that people don’t notice them. When anything’s out of the ordinary, it tends to draw attention towards itself. Whenever you talk, people will first immediately look at your teeth. This is why many people feel embarrassed and look for treatment. There are many reasons why someone ends up losing their entire or most of the upper and lower set of teeth. To restore a beautiful smile, they can get All on 4 dental implants

Poor oral hygiene, physical trauma from an injury or accident, and old age can all cause someone to lose all of their teeth. Losing a tooth has its consequences. If you delay treatment, your bone structure might weaken. This means that there won’t be adequate support available for the rest of the teeth in your mouth. All-on-4 dental implants serve functional as well as aesthetic purpose. Many people have a hard time biting into or chewing food. All on 4 dental implants will make your life much easier. 

What Are All on 4 Dental Implants? 

All on 4 or “teeth-in-a-day” dental implants enable the dentist to fix full-arch fixed dental implant bridges/full-mouth dental bridges on the jaw by strategically fixing 4 dental implants into the jawbone. However, depending on the oral structure of the patient and their anatomy, 5 or 6 implants can also be used in this procedure. Poor combination of materials by under-qualified dentists can lead to tooth breakage if you bite something hard or even clench your teeth. However, with a professional, you don’t have to worry about this. 

The treatment has gained vast popularity for its quick results. Moreover, it gives a natural-looking appearance. All on 4 dental implants can easily last you for decades and, in some cases, a lifetime.

The difference between an ordinary dental implant procedure and All on 4 dental implants is that in the former, a screw gets fixed into the jawbone and a crown or dental bridge gets placed on top of it. This is suitable for those who haven’t lost their entire teeth. Otherwise, you might need many dental implants to completely restore your teeth.

Moreover, the shape of the screw used in All on 4 dental implants is slightly different from the one used in traditional dental implants. The top part of the screw that provides support to the denture has a cap-shaped tip. This allows for the comfortable and stable placement of the dentures so that you don’t have any problem with your new teeth. With time, All on 4 dental implants will feel quite natural.

What’s the Procedure for All on 4 Dental Implants?

When you arrive at the clinic, our dentist will do a thorough physical examination with an X-ray. Through this, the dentist will decide the best places to insert the implants. This is quite important as the surgeon will assess your biting position so that the dentures sit comfortably in your mouth. Moreover, the strength of your bone structure and gum tissue is also checked. 

At the beginning of the procedure, the dentist might extract any remaining teeth that you have to make a place for the full denture. After that, the implants are inserted. Four on the upper jaw and four on the lower. 

You might experience some pain and swelling after the treatment. You don’t have to worry. Our dentist will let you know about the medicines that you can take to deal with the pain. It might take 3-4 months for the screw to fuse completely. Then you will travel to Turkey again for getting the denture fixed on top. 

After recovering from the first treatment, you can immediately get in touch with us. We’ll make sure to arrange your appointment for the placement of full dentures. All you need to do is inform us, and we’ll take care of the rest. 

How All On 4 Dental Implants Differ from Traditional Dental Implants? 

In all on 4, the implants are so placed that they are quite close to the jawbone, which doesn’t require the patient to have a bone grafting procedure. This can happen if you’re getting normal implants. In this case, you might end up waiting for weeks to months for the placement of the implants. All on 4 implants is a much quicker process relative to that. 

With a traditional dental implant, you might need up to 10 implants, which makes the treatment more expensive. All on 4 dental implants are best for those people who’ve lost most of their teeth. Otherwise, for replacing an individual tooth or a few of them, traditional implants also work well. Crowns, bridges, and dentures are anchored into the mouth. The dentist will guide you about the best course of treatment depending on your needs. 

Who’s A Suitable Candidate for All on 4 Dental Implants? 

For this treatment to take place, you must have a healthy bone structure. Otherwise, the implants won’t stay in place. If you don’t qualify for All on 4 dental implants because of this, you don’t need to worry. Our dentist will discuss other treatment options with you. For instance, you can consider having a bone grafting surgery along with the augmentation of the gum. Once your mouth develops adequate support for the dental implants, you will be ready to have your implant screws fixed. 

It is also suitable for you if you currently wear removable dentures on your upper and/or lower jaw. The problem with these dentures is that they won’t stop bone loss from occurring. Moreover, they can move around when you’re eating or talking, which some people find embarrassing. Many people end up finding them intolerable after some time. 

The inserted implants feel like natural teeth to the body. Tissue growth will take place around them as if they are actual tooth roots. Therefore, if you’re already using dentures, you can consider having all 4 dental implants as they’ll ensure better oral health. It is quite suitable for those who have poor dentition as a result of gum disease. Wearing dentures can also put some dietary restrictions on you. Moreover, if you’re only wearing removable dentures, your jawbone can get reabsorbed due to the absence of teeth. 

If you’ve lost all or most of your teeth, all on 4 dental implants are the best possible solution for you. It will restore your confidence and self-esteem. Moreover, since the treatment will require just two visits to the dentist’s office, you can always choose to come to Turkey for an affordable and all-inclusive treatment package. 

What’s the Recovery Process Like?

As happens in traditional dental implant surgery, the screws will take some time to heal. The bone tissue will recover on its own and start growing around the screw, holding it in its place. This process can take 3-4 months. However, it can vary depending on the patient’s medical history. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure or any other disease, your recovery will take longer than usual. Similarly, old age can also slow down the healing process.

You need to carefully follow the aftercare instructions to avoid any post-op complication. This will also delay the placement of the dentures on the implants. Our surgeon will inform you how you can take care of your teeth with dental implants. After you successfully complete the recovery period of the implants, the dentist will place the dentures, and you will have a full set of teeth. The surgeon will explain the aftercare steps to you. You should make sure to follow them. 

What Are the Advantages of Having All on 4? 

All on 4 dental implants don’t require 6 to 8 screws for the placement of crowns or bridges. Since it needs 4 screws, the treatment costs less than a traditional dental implant procedure. So, if you’re looking to have a perfect set of teeth at an affordable cost, then you can consider All on 4 dental implants. Moreover, a smaller number of screws won’t cause you as much pain as many dental implants would. 

If you take good care, you can expect the results of the All on 4 dental implants to last you for a lifetime. Not only does it prevent the accelerated bone loss and degradation occurring due to the absence of teeth, but it will also make you feel good about yourself. 

If you’re using removable dentures, you know that you might not be able to eat a lot of the things that you want. The dentures can easily move around in your mouth, and the experience becomes quite uncomfortable. Many people also find it difficult to talk properly with them. Although, all on 4 dental implants can be removed but only by the dentist. You cannot remove it. 

In A Nutshell

If you’ve lost all or most of your teeth, then you should consider getting All on 4 dental implants. The treatment surely will cost you less than a traditional dental implant as only 4 screws are needed to support full dentures that will cover your upper and lower jaw. You’ll only need to visit Turkey twice for getting this treatment if you have a suitable bone structure for this type of implants. All you have to do is wait for the implants to fuse well with your jawbones. Therefore, when the receptacles of the dentures are put on the screws, they sit tightly in place. All on 4 dental implants will give a natural appearance, and you can enjoy their results for a very long time. 

Having the treatment does not mean that you should stop caring about your oral hygiene. Make sure that you follow all our aftercare instructions to have a speedy recovery and enjoy the best results. You can book a no-obligation phone call with us right away to discuss your treatment plan. 

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