When you are missing teeth, the options for tooth replacement can feel overwhelming. Some are permanent but the treatment process is long. Others are removable but not as long-lasting or natural-looking.
Fortunately, if you are looking for a way to replace your upper or lower row of teeth, there is an option that is permanent and typically provides a full set of teeth in one day.
At AOMS, we offer our patients a Bar Attachment Denture, also called an All-on-4, that has revolutionized how surgeons replace a full set of teeth using dental implants.
What is an All-on-4?
An All-on-4 or Bar Attachment Denture is a full dental bridge that is supported by only four dental implants. It can replace all of your missing teeth in your upper or lower jaw.
This restoration is a convenient alternative to traditional dentures. Many patients find traditional dentures, which are held in place by suctioning to soft tissue, to be painful, inconvenient, and unstable. It can be difficult to chew and enjoy the foods you used to enjoy. They can also cause embarrassment if they slip while eating or speaking in public.
The All-on-4, however, is a permanent denture that is held securely in place by the dental implant posts. You’ll be able to enjoy a wide range of foods while avoiding the discomfort and inconvenience of a traditional denture.
What are some benefits of an all-on-4?
The surgical procedure for placing an All-on-4 has many benefits, including:
Because you only need 4 dental implants for each jaw, you can reduce the overall cost of replacing a full set of teeth.
Reduced Need for Bone Grafting
Missing teeth lead to a decrease in bone density in the jaw that cannot support implants without bone grafting. However, the special angled placement of two of the dental implants provides more stability and often makes bone grafting unnecessary.
Faster Treatment and Healing Time
Your replacement arch can be attached to your implants immediately after insertion, meaning that you can have a new set of teeth in one day.
What can I expect from the bar attachment denture or all-on-4 procedure?
Your oral surgeon will use anesthesia so you feel comfortable and relaxed during the procedure. The entire process may take a few hours, but you’ll remain pain-free.
The doctor will create an incision in your gums at each dental implant site, make room in your jaw, and gently insert the implant. The surgical sites will be stitched closed. Once all four implants are securely in place, you’ll receive your temporary set of teeth at the same appointment.
You may feel some pain and swelling after the procedure, so you should plan to stay home for a day or two to fully recover. Over the counter pain medications and ice can help with any discomfort.
After a short healing period, your regular dentist will place the final bridge on your implants and you will be able to enjoy your favorite foods again with renewed confidence.