Contrary to popular belief, one does not need a dental implant for each missing tooth when replacing an entire arch of teeth. All you need is four strategically placed dental implants. At Beyond Dentistry Clearwater, our team offers all-on-4 dental implants as a proven solution for patients who have lost all or most of their teeth.
What are all-on-four dental implants?
An entire arch of your teeth can be restored in a single visit with just four dental implants. Not only are All-On-4 implants a more permanent and natural-looking alternative to dentures from our Clearwater practice, but they are also a more budget-friendly solution than replacing each tooth individually.
When are All-on-4 dental implants recommended?
All-On-4 dental implants are an excellent solution for patients who have lost all or most of their teeth. A leading advantage of All-on-4 dental implants is that they are strategically placed in the mouth, negating the need for additional procedures (like bone grafting).
During this procedure, Dr. Alqasemi or Dr. Adham normally mounts two dental implants in the front of the mouth and two in the back of the mouth at a 45° angle. This precision provides the necessary stability to install an entire fixed arch tooth replacement appliance.
Our Implant-Retained Dentures Process: What to Expect
The All-on-4 dental implant procedure resembles most traditional dental implant procedures, but the surgery itself is slightly different:
- Initial Consultation: During the first meeting with your Clearwater dental implant dentist (which will resemble a regular dental exam), please feel free to ask questions about anything you are unsure of regarding the procedure, All-on-4 costs, and more. Our team will devise a treatment plan and take digital X-rays to ensure the best placement of the dental implants.
- Oral Surgery: Four dental implants are surgically placed into the entire arch, but the back two dental implants are placed at a 45° angle. Sometimes, the final denture can be fitted on the same day if the mouth is healthy enough to support it. But, if this is not the case, we will fit a temporary denture until the jaw can support a final restoration.
- Healing and Osseointegration: Osseointegration can take 3 to 6 months for the dental implant to become one with the jawbone.
- Maintenance and Aftercare: Taking care of all-on-4 dental implants is like natural teeth. We recommend regular brushing, flossing, and dental hygiene visits to ensure optimal oral health.
Have Questions about all-on-four dental implants in Clearwater, FL?
Check out these frequently asked questions regarding All-on-4 dental implants in Dunedin, FL, Clearwater, or surrounding areas, or call us at (727) 304-3156 to speak with our team.
Although rare, dental implants can become infected. A condition known as “peri-implantitis,” an infected dental implant is most often a result of the implant not being cleaned or cared for correctly following oral surgery.
The best way to avoid the risk of peri-implantitis is to follow your Clearwater dentist’s instructions for recovery carefully and to keep up with good oral hygiene habits, like regular brushing and flossing, once your dental implant has healed.
The cost for this treatment ranges from $15,000 to $28,000, but this is just for the All-on-4 cost. This price does not include additional procedures (such as bone grafts). For a more accurate representation of how much All-on-4 dental implants cost for you, schedule a consultation at Beyond Dentistry Clearwater.
To start things off, we’ll perform a complete cleaning of your teeth and gums, using special tools to remove any plaque and tartar that may have built up along the gumline. Essential aspects of your cleaning will include thorough flossing between your teeth in all those hard-to-reach places, and scraping off plaque that has accumulated along the gum line. To finish the cleaning process, we’ll polish your teeth, leaving you feeling refreshed, revitalized, and ready to smile.
Any Necessary X-Rays
If you’re new to the office or haven’t had dental x-rays in a while, your Clearwater dentist may recommend that you take some during your preventive care appointment. Dental x-rays let us see what’s going on beneath the surface of your smile, giving us the ability to find issues that may not be visible otherwise. With x-rays, we’re able to make more accurate diagnoses and create more effective and efficient treatment plans.
Your dentist will review your x-rays and then take a thorough look at your teeth, gums, and the rest of your mouth. If we spot any issues, we’ll take the time to educate you on our findings, so you can keep your dental health on the right track. We make it our goal to keep you educated about your oral well-being, so you can make the right decisions for your smile.
Personalized Treatment Plan
Using the information we’ve gathered with your exam and x-rays, we’ll work together with you to craft a treatment plan customized for your unique oral health needs, budget, and lifestyle. If everything looks good, we’ll simply schedule your next routine cleaning and checkup.