Tooth loss can be life altering and often leads to a lack of confidence in your appearance, as well as difficulty with everyday tasks such as eating and speaking. For those who suffer from tooth loss, removable dentures often aren’t enough to build back up confidence in your smile, which is where a more permanent solution is needed. Introducing All-on-4 dental implants!
What are All on 4 Dental Implants?
All-on-4 dental implants (otherwise known as ‘same day dental implants’ or ‘teeth in a day’) are revolutionary permanent fixed prosthetic teeth and gums which are secured into place with 4 dental implants.
Benefits of All on 4 Implants
Amazing results every time
Having missing teeth can not only ruin your smile, but also affects your facial structure and increases wrinkles around the mouth. Permanent and natural looking dental implants are a great solution for this, providing guaranteed results every time.
The terms ‘teeth in a day’ and ‘same day smile’ don’t come from nowhere – with All-on-4 implants, you will get immediate results after your procedure. With aesthetic improvement from the moment your procedure is completed, you can walk out feeling confident in your new smile, without the need to wait weeks or months to see improvements.
Improved comfort when eating
After the initial recovery time (in which your dentist will advise on what you can and can’t eat), many patients of All-on-4 dental implants will notice a significant improvement in comfort when eating. This makes meal times more enjoyable and allows you to start indulging in your favourite foods again!
Long lasting smile
The fact that All-on-4 implants last 10 – 15 years, but can last 20+ years with the right care, makes them the ideal choice for those looking for long-lasting results.
Improved quality of life
Restoring your smile with All-on-4 dental implants will transform your appearance and give you an improved quality of life, making you look younger and feel more confident within yourself.
How Does the Procedure Work?
Your Initial Consultation
An initial consultation would involve looking at your mouth as a whole, assessing your existing teeth, gum condition and establishing whether you have any bone loss due to missing teeth. It’s likely that you would have a scan of your mouth, to ensure All-on-4 implants are suitable for you.
Your initial consultation also gives you a chance to ask questions and discuss payment options.
During your procedure, four dental implants are strategically placed to support the bridge and ensure your new prosthetic teeth and gums are secure and will stand the test of time.
We will invite you back for check-ups during the healing process to check on progress, as the dental implants can take 6 months or longer to fully fuse with the bone in your jaw.
All on 4 Aftercare
Maintaining a good level of oral hygiene is the most important thing when caring for All-on-4 implants after the procedure, including regular brushing and flossing (you may want to use a soft toothbrush for the first few weeks). Your dentist should put an aftercare plan together and advise you on what you can and can’t eat.
Every case is slightly different, so it is important to discuss aftercare with your dentist, who will advise you on what you need to do to take care of your new dental implants and give them the best chance of success.
Why Choose Duthie Dental?
At Duthie Dental, we are a family run dental practice who care about each and every patient. We treat all our patients the way we would treat a member of the family. Our Implants Clinic is located at The Abbey by Duthie Dental in Childwall. We have a skilled team led by Consultant Oral Surgeon, Dr Robbie Williams who have performed the all on 4 procedure on many patients, to transform their smile and give them a new-found confidence in their appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions
How are All-on-4 different to traditional dental implants?
Both traditional dental implants and All-on-4 are a permanent solution for tooth loss, however there are some key differences. All-on-4 implants involve a much simpler procedure and can be fitted within a day, whereas traditional implants typically require many more appointments.
This is because a traditional implant replaces a single tooth, so each implant has to be fitted for each missing tooth, whereas All-on-4 can replace the entire row of upper or lower teeth all in one go.
Is an All-on-4 better than dentures?
For those who are able to invest in their smile, All-on-4 dental implants are often the preferred choice over dentures. This is because they are a more permanent solution and the closest thing to natural teeth, making daily tasks such as eating and speaking much easier.
How much do All-on-4 dental implants cost?
The cost of All-on-4 dental implants varies between practices, so it is recommended to get several quotes, but ultimately you should invest in the one that feels right for you and go with reputation over price. You should also consider the finance options available to you.
At Duthie Dental, we will discuss pricing with you at your consultation, once we have assessed your options and the complexity of the treatment you require. Book your consultation with us today by getting in touch via our online contact form.
Who is All-on-44 suitable for?
Typically, All-on-4 implants suit anyone who is missing multiple teeth. Having said this, your dentist will need to determine the bone density in your jaw to ensure you have enough bone for the implants to fuse to. Low bone density might mean you are unsuitable for All-on-4 implants, or need your treatment tailoring to you with longer implants.
Are there any cons to having All-on-4 dental implants?
Other than temporary discomfort from the procedure which will affect your ability to eat solid foods during the first few weeks of healing, and could cause discomfort when talking and moving your mouth, there aren’t many cons of All-on-4 dental implants.
As with any procedure where a foreign object is put in the body, there is potential for your body to reject it, however the success rate for All-on-4 implants is over 98%.
Are same day dental implants painful?
Some level of discomfort is likely in the first week after having the treatment, this is very normal as your jaw will be tender from the procedure and is adapting to the implants. Over the counter pain relief is enough to reduce any discomfort for the majority of patients.
Is it hard to eat with All-on-4 dental implants?
During the initial healing process, it can be more challenging to eat as normal, your dentist will advise on the best way to adapt your diet while you are healing. For some people this may include the omission of solid foods for a short time. Relatively quickly after the procedure most patients are able to eat as normal again, and should find eating solid foods a lot easier than with missing teeth, or when using removable dentures.
Can you get All-on-4 implants on the NHS?
There are some extreme circumstances where All-on-4 implants may be available on the NHS, however this is very rare and will normally only be offered if you are unsuitable for traditional dentures.