Dental Implants in Phoenix, AZ
If you already wear dentures and are looking for a more comfortable, permanent solution for missing teeth, the All-on-4 dental implants procedure might be right for you. All-on-4 dental implants are also ideal for someone who is missing multiple teeth due to illness, accident, or decay. All-on-4 dental implants are a more permanent solution for tooth loss than dentures or dental bridges, and they are also safe, comfortable, easy to care for, and look like your natural teeth.
At Matthew J. Cavendish, DDS, PLCC, we offer effective, affordable All-on-4 dental implants in Phoenix, AZ. To learn more about the benefits of All-on-4 dental implants, or to ask about our insurance and financing options, call us today.
What Are All-On-4 Dental Implants?
All-on-4 dental implants refers to a procedure in which all missing teeth are replaced and supported in the mouth using four dental implants. Dental implants are a more permanent solution for tooth loss, and consist of a titanium rod, abutment, and prosthetic tooth fabricated to match the color, shape, and size of the surrounding natural teeth. Because each dental implant is secured to the jawbone, All-on-4 dental implants are a more permanent solution than dentures.
Benefits of All-On-4 Dental Implants
All-on-4 dental implants may be recommended to replace your dentures, or as an alternative to dentures, because All-on-4 dental implants offer these benefits to the patient:
- more affordable than individual prosthetics
- the All-on-4 dental implant procedure is faster and easier, as it only requires one day of surgery
- All-on-4 dental implants are a permanent solution
- the dental implants are attached to the jaw, so they won’t shift position
- more comfortable than other tooth replacement options
- lower maintenance than other options
- make it easier to talk, eat, and maintain your oral healthcare routine
- typically last longer than dentures or other prosthetics
What to Expect From the All-On-4 Procedure
After your consultation, digital x-rays, and precise dental measurements, your dental surgeon will take impressions of your teeth for the dental lab to use to create your dental implants. Once your implants are ready, we will schedule your All-on-4 dental implants procedure. On the day of your procedure, we will measure and mark the natural distance between your top and bottom jaws. You will then be placed under sedation and the titanium rods will be placed into the jawbone. The abutments will then be placed and the dental implants screwed into the abutments.
Your recovery time may vary depending on your overall health. Most patients feel better after a few days, and can return to their normal daily routine. The full time period necessary for your gums to heal and for the implants to fully fuse with the jawbone is around 3-8 months. For the first day or two after your procedure, you should rinse your mouth with salt water 3-4 times per day. You can take over-the-counter painkillers for pain, tenderness, inflammation, and swelling. Your dental surgeon will give you guidelines regarding when you can smoke and/or drink alcohol. You will need to eat soft foods for the first few months post-surgery. You can care for your dental implants the same way you care for your natural teeth, and you should visit your dental surgeon for regular checkups and cleanings.
Reclaim Your Smile With All-On-4 Dental Implants
If you have been feeling self-conscious about your smile because you are missing teeth, or because your dentures no longer fit securely or comfortably, All-on-4 dental implants can help you reclaim your smile. All-on-4 dental implants look almost identical to your natural teeth, and most people will not be able to tell that they are prosthetics.
Am I a Good Candidate for All-On-4 Dental Implants?
You may be a good candidate for All-on-4 dental implants if you are missing most or all of your teeth on either or both arches. Your dentist or dental surgeon will do a full examination and take dental x-rays to determine if you meet certain criteria. You should be in good general health, able to withstand general anesthesia, have good oral health, and have adequate jawbone to support the implants.
Learn More About All-On-4 Dental Implants
If you’re ready to learn more about the All-on-4 dental implant procedure, call us today at Matthew J. Cavendish, DDS, PLCC. Dr. Cavendish has extensive experience performing All-on-4 dental implant procedures in Phoenix, AZ, and also offers financing options to those who qualify. We pride ourselves on providing a safe, positive, comfortable, and nurturing environment for our patients. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call us today or contact us online.