All on 4 vs. Regular Implants
The conventional way to replace all the teeth in a maxilla with implants is a combination of implants for individual teeth and implant-supported bridges (supported on implants). Bridges allow multiple teeth to be supported by a single implant at each end, rather than placing an implant for each tooth. This technique normally requires 8 to 10 implants per maxilla to replace all teeth.
Patients will typically experience bruising, swelling, inflammation, and general discomfort during the first few days after surgery. If you can, we recommend that you take a couple of days off from work to fully recover and get used to using your new teeth.
Your dentist will advise you on the type of food you may or may not eat in the months after treatment. During the first few months, you should probably stick to a diet of very soft foods so as not to interfere with the bone integration process of the implants with the bone.They may also advise you, for a time, to avoid doing some things that influence the healing process, such as smoking and intense exercise.
These types of implants should be cleaned in the same way that you would with your natural teeth - brushing them at least once a day. Your dentist will teach you how to use dental floss with special instruments, such as threaders. You could invest in an oral irrigator, a tool with special attachments designed to properly clean around implants.
All on 4 treatment:
Requiring fewer implants makes the procedure quicker, easier, and more comfortable for the patient. It can also be considerably cheaper. There is a noticeable reduction in procedure time and materials required when performing the all on 4 treatment compared to the traditional implant procedure.
In addition to being more economical, and the great reduction in treatment time represented by All on 4 implants, there is an advantage that will make many decide to try this treatment: the denture can be fixed as soon as the implants are put into its place.
The prostheses are fixed almost immediately, instead of the patient having to wait six months or more for complete healing, as is the case with traditional implants. Temporary dentures are usually fitted the same day as surgery, and a permanent denture is fixed a few months later.
The following table shows the main differences between the different types of treatment that you can go to in case you need a total replacement of teeth in one or both jaws.
Controls and final adjustment
Six or nine months after surgery, your implants should be ready to support a permanent overdenture. This is usually made of porcelain or some other materials of high durability and quality.
If you take proper care of your new implants, they should last for ten years or more. You will need to go back to your dentist for regular check-ups and maintenance. Check if these visits are included in the total value of your treatment or if you will have to pay them separately.
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