All-on-4 Dental Implants in Addison, TX

Minimal Discomfort, Optimal Results

Dental implants stand out as the gold standard in tooth replacement solutions. And for good reason! They’re versatile, permanent and imperceptible to the naked eye, offering patients natural-looking results that restore smiles and self-confidence. Single-tooth dental implants or implant-supported bridges are great for one or two missing teeth but what happens if you’re missing all or most of your teeth? Getting multiple single-tooth implants would be invasive, expensive and require a long healing process, making it unsuitable for most patients. That’s why we’re proud to offer our patients All On 4 dental implants in Addison, TX – the revolutionary full arch tooth replacement solution that will have you walking out our office with a restored smile the very same day!

How Do All-On-4 Implants Work?

All-on-4 dental implants are a modern tooth replacement solution that offers a fixed, full-arch restoration for patients with multiple missing teeth. Our Addison dentist will strategically place four dental implants in the jawbone, typically avoiding the need for bone grafting. These implants serve as sturdy anchors for a custom-designed prosthetic bridge, which mimics the appearance and function of natural teeth. The result is a stable, permanent solution that provides immediate functionality and restores both the aesthetics and functionality of a complete smile. All-on-4 implants can improve quality of life, speech, and chewing ability while eliminating the inconvenience and discomfort of removable dentures.

Am I A Candidate For Full Mouth Implants?

The first step we need to take is completing a detailed consultation at our office. There, we can confirm if you are eligible for dental implants as well as All-On-4 treatment specifically. The good news is if you have good oral/gum health and have sufficient bone tissue, you’re more than likely a candidate for All-On-4 implants. Your consultation will include a comprehensive exam, set of X-rays, and a quick scan from our 3D cone beam scanner. This makes it much easier for us to create a treatment plan moving forward.

What Are the Benefits of All-On-4 Implants?

Dental implants feel incredibly comfortable once they are placed inside of your mouth, making basic functions like chewing and biting foods (even tough and crunchy ones like steak and apples) much easier. Since the denture is affixed to your implants, you also won’t have to remove them just to keep them clean. All you need to do is brush and floss them as normal as well as maintain routine dental exams and cleanings. Finally, you can expect the bone tissue inside your jaw to remain intact, rather than breaking down or resorbing. This is because the implants are continuously stimulating your jaw’s bone tissue.

All-On-4 Vs. Traditional Dental Implants

The most common reason patients opt for All-On-4 treatment over traditional dental implants is due to their ability to receive a brilliant smile the same day as their surgery. For many, the healing phase of dental implant treatment can be difficult since they aren’t able to receive their restorations until the implants have thoroughly healed. Furthermore, dentures retained with dental implants may require as many as six implants and bone grafting material because they are not placed in the same way that All-On-4 implants are. If you want to receive a beautiful smile sooner, then All-On-4 is absolutely worth considering.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know the thought of getting any dental work done can be scary. We’re here to ease your anxiety and give you a clear understanding of what you can expect. On the day of your surgery, we’ll get you comfortable and discuss sedation options. We will also numb the site with local anaesthesia to ensure your experience is pain-free. Your implant dentist in Addison, TX, will carefully place the 4 implants in the jaw bone. These implants will support a temporary prosthesis (denture) immediately after the procedure, giving you functional teeth while the implants heal and integrate with the bone.

There are several stages in the healing process you will go through, which all in all can take around 9 months to fully complete. 

  1. Immediate Healing (Days to Weeks): After the surgery, you will experience some initial swelling, discomfort, and potential bruising, which should gradually improve over the first few days to a week. During this time, it’s essential to follow post-operative instructions, including taking any prescribed medications, maintaining a soft diet, and keeping the surgical area clean.

  2. Osseointegration (2 to 6 Months): The primary healing phase involves the dental implants fusing with the jawbone, a process called osseointegration. This can take anywhere from 2 to 6 months, depending on individual healing abilities and the specific case. During this time, it’s crucial to avoid putting excessive pressure on the implants and to maintain good oral hygiene.

  3. Final Prosthesis Attachment: Once osseointegration is complete, your dentist will attach the permanent prosthesis (fixed denture). This step usually occurs after the healing period, and the timing can vary from one patient to another.

Once you have fully healed from the All-on-4 dental implant procedure, you should not experience any significant discomfort or pain. The goal of the healing process is to allow the implants to integrate with the jawbone and for your oral tissues to adapt to the prosthetic teeth. After the final prosthesis is attached, it may take some time for you to become completely accustomed to the feel of the prosthetic teeth in your mouth. You might experience minor sensations or pressure, but these typically fade as you adapt.

Looking after your new teeth isn’t much different to how you would care for natural teeth! Maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily. Immediately after surgery, ensure you follow the post-op instructions our Addison dentist would have provided you with. It is recommended you use an antimicrobial mouthwash daily to prevent the build up of bacteria and reduce the risk of infection. Be sure to attend all your follow up appointments at Addison Family Dentist so we can monitor your healing.

Yes, during the healing period, we advise steering clear of any foods that could disrupt the process or damage your prosthesis: 

  • Hard foods like ice cubes, hard candy or candied nuts
  • Sticky foods life caramels, taffy or chewing gum 
  • Very hot or cold foods can interfere with healing and cause discomfort 
  • Avoid chewy, tough foods like jerky 
  • Popcorn kernels or seeds can get lodged between the gum and prosthesis, leading to inflammation. 

Once you are fully healed up, our dentists will discuss reintroducing your favorite foods back into your diet. 

When your full mouth implants are placed by skilled dental professionals like Dr. De Vincenzo, it will be almost impossible for anyone to tell you have a fixed denture in place. We try match the shape and color of your natural teeth to produce a natural-looking and beautiful result.  

Restore Your Smile With All On 4 Dental Implants in Addison, TX!

Don’t let missing teeth stop you from living life to the fullest. Dr. De Vincenzo and our team here at Addison Family Dentistry are ready to restore your smile and self-confidence with a full arch restoration. Schedule your appointment today to take the first step toward the smile of your dreams.

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