Are you thinking about getting All-on-4 dental implants in LaGrange? You have many years of beautiful, strong smiles to look forward to! However, before you embark on this exciting journey, you may want to know what the road ahead of you looks like. Read on to find out more about the All-on-4 dental implant process, from your initial consultation all the way to the design and placement of your final restoration.
Before anything else happens, your oral surgeon needs to confirm that you are a good candidate for All-on-4 in LaGrange. During your initial consultation, our team will take some X-rays and three-dimensional images of your mouth. Then, Dr. Jacobs will be able to analyze whether your bone is strong enough to support dental implants. He’ll also look for any other oral health considerations that might affect your dental implant treatment.
Your consultation is also an opportunity for you to ask questions. Feel free to discuss any concerns that you might have, whether they are related to the treatment itself, payment, or anything else. Our team will be happy to assist you in any way possible.
Under ideal circumstances, only one surgery is necessary to successfully complete the All-on-4 process. That one surgery typically includes necessary extraction and placement of the dental implants. However, some patients must undergo an initial surgery, which may involve the removal of any remaining natural teeth. You might also have to undergo a bone graft surgery. This is rarely necessary with All-on-4, but patients who have a weak or thin jaw may need to have it built up before it can support dental implants.
Regardless of which type of procedures you must undergo, our team will work to ensure your comfort every step of the way. Local anesthesia, combined with sedation, will contribute to an easy surgical experience.
When it is time for you to receive your dental implants, Dr. Jacobs will use virtual and guided imaging technology to ensure they get inserted in exactly the right places in your jaw. His commitment to precision minimizes your risk of future complications. Two dental implants will be placed at an angle near the back of your jaw, and the other two will be placed toward the front of the jaw.
On the same day as your placement surgery, you’ll receive a provisional (temporary) set of prosthetic teeth. You’ll leave our office with a brand-new smile!
After your dental implants are in place, a process known as osseointegration will begin. Your implants will actually fuse to the surrounding bone so they can provide the strongest base possible for your prosthetic teeth. Osseointegration typically takes at least a few months. During this time, you should stick to a soft foods diet. Following osseointegration, you will visit your general dentist or prosthodontist. They will design and place your permanent new set of teeth.
Would you like to learn more about the All-on-4 process? Contact our friendly team today.