All-on-four Dental Implants
As our name suggests, Summertown Dental & Implants not only looks after all your dental and cosmetic dentistry needs; we’re also specialists in every aspect of dental implants. This means we have solutions for patients with a missing tooth or teeth, gaps in teeth, or are simply tired of using dentures. We offer a specific implant solution for patients who need numerous teeth replaced, namely, All-on-four dental implants in Oxford, Oxfordshire and further afield.
One major benefit of All-On-Four dental implants, sometimes called sameday implants or teeth-in-a-day implants, is the fact they offer our patients far more stability and security than standard dentures. This type of high-end dentistry requires highly skilled, experienced dental implant specialists and our team at Summertown Dental & Implants is second to none. For our patients, all-on-4 means eating whatever they want, whenever they want, so the procedure offers the kind of quality-of-life benefits often described to us by patients who’ve had the treatment as “priceless”.
The All-On-Four dental implant is an option for patients who need multiple teeth replaced, or even a whole upper or lower set of teeth. The procedure is a relatively new technique in dentistry and allows patients to receive an entire arch of prosthetic teeth in a single appointment with a dental surgeon in Oxford. By using just 4 dental implants instead of one implant per tooth, the procedure is minimally invasive and can replace an entire set of teeth without the need for repeat surgical visits to our Oxford dental practice. So, All-On-4 saves you time and money.
All-On-Four Dental Implants Procedure
The All-On-Four treatment is used to replace the entire upper or lower set of teeth. The procedure creates a permanent prosthesis by using 4 dental implants which act as an anchor for a bridge or overdenture of 12 to 14 teeth. This technique avoids having to have an extensive bone grafting procedure. All-On-Four dental implants can replace both damaged and missing teeth and provide a long-term, permanent alternative to dentures.
Four screws are placed into the jawbone and gums and left to heal sufficiently, before the implant bridge can be secured in place. Once implanted, the bridge will never need to be removed and will match the appearance of your natural teeth.
As with all dental implants, All-On-Four dental implants are placed at Summertown Dental & Implants in Oxford. Most patients will want to take advantage of some sort of sedation for this procedure, in addition to the local anesthetic that will be used.
Before leaving Summertown Dental & Implants, the patient is typically fitted with a comfortable set of “fixed” temporary teeth. After the implants have fully healed with the bone which usually takes up to 4 months, the patient will receive a permanent new set of teeth from their Oxford dentist.
In the days immediately following the All-On-Four placement procedure our patients will be given exemplary after-care and a list of do’s and don’ts based on a common sense approach to what they can and cannot do to avoid any complications and problems with the implants. For example, you should maintain a soft diet for a few weeks and be gentle with your dental hygiene routine while ensuring you keep it up to minimize the presence of potentially infection-causing bacteria.
In addition to the short treatment timeframe, All-On-Four dental implants have a number of advantages over conventional dentures. All-On-Four implants are more stable and secure, greatly reducing the jawbone resorption that occurs with standard dentures which lack root-like structure to anchor the bone. Loose fitting dentures will be a thing of the past as an implant-supported arch will not slide out of place, and it’s much more effective for chewing foods so you can crunch that apple with full confidence.