“More than 36 million Americans do not have any teeth,” according to the American College of Prosthodontists, and “In the geriatric population, the ratio of edentulous [toothless] individuals is 2 to 1.”
All-On-4® dental implants are the most state-of-the-art solution available to patients with a significant number of missing teeth, whether due to disease, trauma, or neglect. This trademarked and revolutionary approach to dental care replaces damaged or rotten teeth with a full dental bridge affixed with as few as four titanium implants per jaw. The procedure restores a fully functional set of teeth that look, feel, and function just as regular teeth do, and that may last a lifetime.
Dental Implants vs. All-On-4 Implants
Traditional dental implants use a small titanium post set into the jawbone, on top of which a single tooth is set. Before All-On-4s, some patients may have had ten or more such implants over time. With All-On-4 implants, all of the upper or lower arch teeth are set on just four titanium implants in the jawbone.
Recovery time varies from patient to patient and depends upon how much surgical and bone work was required. Patients requiring bone grafting should expect a more involved procedure and a recovery time of about three weeks, while patients who don’t should be recovered within a few days to a week.
The sedatives used in surgery wear off several hours after the procedure, so a friend should be on call to drive you home. You will be prescribed pain medication and will be on a soft food diet for a few days and should be able to return to work within 2 to 3 days.