All-on-4 for Denture wearers explained
All-on-4 for Failing teeth explained
You are probably more familiar with the all-on-4 dental protocol by the phrase “Teeth in a Day”or “Teeth in one Appointment”, which are often used by many dental clinics. However, these phrases can be ambiguously used sometimes. The truth is that you cannot get a new set of teeth in just one dental visit. What it refers to is the principle where the dental prosthetic and implant are immediately loaded as part of the all-on-4 dental implant technique. It should not be confused with a procedure where the dental reconstruction is carried out in just one appointment, as it can take anywhere between five to six visits before you walk home with a full set of final teeth.
Visit 1: During this consultation, the dentist discusses the dental issue and performs an examination. The dentist will then lay out the different options at hand, and gives you an estimate of the procedure.
Visit 2: During this visit, a CT scan is carried out to evaluate the proximity of the sinuses and nerves in the vicinity, and also gauge the bone volume and quality. Models and pictures are taken during this visit as well.
Visit 3: This is when the All-on-4 dental treatment planning occurs. If you are lucky, and be warned, this happens only rarely, the dentist may get impressions for the converted denture during this visit. This is because a vast majority of dentists (99 percent of them, at that) utilize a converted denture method for the All-on-4 protocol. Very few of them have the means to fabricate their own dental prosthetics as we do at the Thornhill Smile Centre.
Visit 4: This visit can vary on a case-by-case basis. It could involve surgical planning, taking teeth impressions or such, and surgery only in the rare case. The dentist may also extract failing teeth at this stage.
Visit 5: This is when the actual surgery occurs, and the implants are placed in the individual under a local anesthetic. The polished and finished replacement bridge is used in place of the final bridge for a few months to see if it functions smoothly and does not cause any issues.
Visit 6: The final bridgework is only placed during this or subsequent visits, which can occur nearly three to six months after the previous visit. The dentist first uses dental radiographs to see if the bridge fits and functions optimally, alongside the bone density in the proximity of the implants as well.