Teeth in a Day – All-on-4 Implant Dentist in Everett, Washington
People who have lost all or most of their teeth often think they have to choose between uncomfortable dentures and costly full-mouth dental implants. But there is another solution.
All-on-4 implants are an affordable way to permanently replace a full jaw of teeth and give you new teeth in a day!
Perfect Smiles Dentistry is a top choice for All-on-4 in Everett, Washington, thanks to the expertise and caring approach of Dr. Kavitha Gowda and her team.
What are All-on-4 Implants?
Traditional dental implants can support a single tooth crown or a bridge of 3-5 teeth. Replacing a full mouth of teeth in this way requires 8-10 implant screws per jaw.
With the All-on-4 system from Nobel Biocare, only 4-6 implants per jaw are needed, making it a much more affordable solution. Two of the implants are placed at an angle for extra stability and strength. These titanium implants support a fixed overdenture – a full set of fake teeth – rather than individual crowns and bridges.
All-on-4 implants are also known as “teeth in a day” or “same-day implants”, since we can place the implants and fit the prosthesis in a single visit.
Who is a good candidate for All-on-4 dental implants?
Dental implants are generally considered the best tooth replacement solution, and All-on-4 is intended for patients who are missing all of their teeth in one jaw (or need to have any remaining teeth extracted).
However, you may not be a suitable candidate if you:
Have insufficient bone structure and density to support 4-6 implants
Have any existing teeth implants in place
Have trouble maintaining good oral hygiene
Grind your teeth
Have other health conditions, like diabetes or osteoporosis, which can cause complications.
When you visit for a consultation, we will conduct a full assessment of your mouth and jawbone before discussing the best treatment options for you.
Pros and cons of All-on-4 implants
There are many benefits offered by All-on-4 vs dentures. If you have ever suffered the embarrassment of dentures falling out while you eat or laugh, or the discomfort of them rubbing against your gums, all of that is taken care of when you get a permanent, fixed bridge.
Other advantages of All-on-4 include:
No eating restrictions
Long-lasting (20+ years)
One downside is that the prosthesis will deteriorate over time if not cared for well. Although acrylic and porcelain can’t decay like natural teeth, the materials can still stain, chip and erode. So All-on-4 is by no means a ‘set and forget’ tooth replacement option; you must carefully clean your teeth every day.
All-on-4 vs snap-in dentures
You might also be considering snap-in dentures (implant-retained dentures) as a way to restore your teeth. This solution is similar to All-on-4 but, rather than the overdenture being permanently fixed in place, it is removable. It snaps onto the anchor implants, keeping your teeth sturdy while you eat and go about your day, but it can be removed for cleaning.
Snap-in dentures often only require 2 implants, but the main purpose of these is to stabilize the prosthesis; not to take any biting force. With implant-supported dentures like All-on-4, the implants bear a lot of pressure just like natural tooth roots.
What Steps Are Involved in the All-on-4 Treatment?
If you visit us for All-on-4 in Everett, Washington, you’ll want to know what to expect. Here’s an overview of the procedure, but do be aware that this can vary slightly from one patient to another:
Maintenance and Aftercare
It’s normal for your mouth to be sore for several days after getting implants. Your dentist will give you painkillers and other medication to ease any discomfort. Any swelling in your gums should subside after a week or so.
You’ll probably want to limit your diet to soft foods until you get used to your new teeth and your gums are fully recovered from the procedure. After this, there is really no limit on what you can eat. How many years has it been since you confidently bit into an apple?
Just like your natural teeth, prosthetic teeth can be damaged by things other than food. So avoid chewing pencils, crunching on ice, biting your nails, or opening packaging with them.
It’s important you return to our office for regular dental checkups. We will make sure you’re taking good care of your new teeth and will look for any potential problems.
Affordable All-on-4 Treatment in Everett, Washington
Dr. Gowda has over 17 years’ experience transforming smiles. She uses the latest dental technology to make every treatment as comfortable as possible, and believes that restorative treatments like All-on-4 can make a huge difference to the life of her patients.
Book an appointment at Perfect Smiles Dentistry to take your first step towards a smile you’re proud of.