Dental implant surgery is an increasingly popular tooth replacement option among Americans looking to restore their smile. The traditional dental implant procedure can be a long, drawn out process that lasts for several months to over a year.
Fortunately, there’s an alternative! Dr. Nicolas Bebau at Oral and Maxillofacial surgery of Phoenix is the area’s leading surgeon in the All-On-4, or “teeth in a day” procedure. Keep reading to learn more about All-On-4 and whether you might be a good candidate.
What Are All-On-4 Dental Implants?
The All-on-4 procedure is named for the number of implants—this procedure can be performed with as few as four implants per jaw. Traditional methods require eight to ten implants per jaw, resulting in greater expenses and a longer recovery time. With the All-on-4 dental implant procedure, only four implants are required.
This revolutionary dental implant technology allows the rear implants to be angled at a 30-45 degree inclination, reducing the need for bone grafting. These angled implants allow even patients who have suffered bone loss to undergo the All-on-4 procedure, eliminating the need for bone grafting.
Why Are All-On-4 Implants Called “Teeth In a Day?”
Using the All-On-4 procedure means that the new teeth are created and placed the same day the implants go into the jaw. Because of this quick turnaround time, the All-on-4 procedure has been nicknamed “same day teeth,” “teeth in a day,” and “smile in a day.” Rather than replacing each separate tooth with a screw, when you get All-on-4 implants, only four titanium screws are needed.
Once the four main anchors are in place, a permanent bridge will then be attached to each screws. This process helps you have seamless, natural looking replacements throughout your entire mouth that function just like real teeth. The implants are permanent, and with proper care and cleaning they should last a lifetime.
The Ideal “Teeth in a Day” Candidate
Unfortunately, not all patients are ideal candidates for the “teeth in a day” procedure. Every patient’s mouth is different, and some people may need to take extra steps before they are able to undergo the All-On-4 procedure.
If you suffer from severe bone loss, you might still need a bone graft in order to place the implants. Bone grafting will make the process take a little longer, and the healing time between the bone graft and implant procedures would make it an All-on-4 procedure rather than “teeth in a day.”
Contact Dr. Nicolas Bebeau at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of Phoenix
If you’re considering dental implants—particularly the All-on-4 procedure—we can help! One of the most important things you can do is find a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon like Dr. Bebeau who regularly performs the procedure and has an impeccable reputation. Contact us to learn more about All-on-4 dental implants for patients in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area.