In the mind of most people, dentistry is always associated with childhood nightmares, no matter the advances in technology and development of painless techniques. When making up your mind about the need for such complex procedures like all-on-4 dental implants, it is absolutely normal to wonder about your safety and comfort. Is it painful? How long will the recovery take? Is my current lifestyle allowing me to undergo the procedure? In the article below, we will try to answer all the questions you might have and to alleviate your concerns about all-on-4 risks.
Am I a suitable candidate?
The first indication of being a good candidate is the state of your teeth. In fact, people with serious jaw problems like significant loss of teeth and teeth decay who wants permanent and non-removable fix seem to be good candidates. As long as your jaw stopped growing and is fully developed, there is no age barrier for people how can have the procedure. However, there are few things to consider if you are decided to have the all-on-4 implants done.
Firstly, you should undergo an overall medical check, as loss of teeth may be caused by an undiagnosed disease like diabetes and that may affect the outcome of the treatment. Diabetes itself is not a contradiction to having safe All-on-4 as long as it is controlled pharmacologically; you should not, however, opt for the procedure in case of an uncontrolled diabetes. If in doubt, you can always forward your blood tests to our doctors for examination.
Heavy smokers will most probably need five or even six implants instead of four. Due to their habit, they have the lower rate of successful implanting the jaw, as smoking hinders the healing process.
People who grit and clench their teeth habitually also have a lower chance of successful healing of their implants and may as well need more than four implants to secure newly installed arched.
There are cases, especially when you lost your teeth a long time ago, that bone under your gums has receded significantly. It is still possible to do the procedure, however, your dentist will need to augment the bone by making bone grafts for properly anchoring the implants.
To keep your new smile impeccable, you ought to commit to maintaining good oral hygiene and have regular check-ups with the dentists. Straight after the installation, you may need to change your diet for short period for your gums to heal properly and adjust to the prosthesis.
It is a good idea to choose your dentist carefully, as you will have to come for the check-ups after installation and in the end, it is better to consult the dentist who performed the treatment. Dental tourism may be a real bargain, but when the post-treatment complications may occur, it is reasonable to pick a place where you can go whenever needed.
How much pain is involved?
Is all-on-4 painful? The procedure itself is not, as the dentist will give you sedatives and apply local anaesthetics to ease your pain and discomfort. However, no matter how safe all-on-4 is, it is still a surgical procedure and you can expect pain and swelling after the anaesthetic wears off. The doctor will prescribe you painkillers for soreness, which may persist for few more days after the visit.
Many patients even return to their routine one or two days after the surgery. Pain and swelling aside, the adjustment to having your teeth back seems more uncomfortable for most of the people, as it may impede your speech.
Why all-on-4 is a better solution than the rest?
Using four implants on each jaw in the all-on-4 solution attaches the denture securely to your jaw. Two implants are fitted at the front of the jaw between incisors where the thickness of the bone ensure that the arch of prosthetic crowns is strongly attached to your gums. Other two implants are positioned more at the back, between canines and premolars to add the structural stability of the prosthesis. Those two implants at the back are angled approximately 30 to 45 degrees from the biting plane to avoid the nerves and arteries placed more towards the back of the jaw.
After the implants are placed into the bone of your jaw, they will require a healing period of 3 to 6 months. Unlike other types of dentures, these implants are ready to be fitted after they heal straight away. Other implants require usually a period of six weeks when a temporary crown or denture is fixed. That adds greatly to reducing the infection’s risk, and the patients are spared additional procedures, which makes all-on-4 more convenient and less time-consuming.
Recovery after all on 4
Pain, swelling and bruising are to be expected after the all-on-4, as the dentist is drilling the bone of your jaw to place the titanium screws anchoring your denture. The convalescence time varies amongst patients. The usual recovery time after placing implants is about three days of mild discomfort, with the second day described as being the hardest for patients. Your dentist will definitely give you the list of food to eat along with prescriptions for anti-inflammatory antibiotics to avoid infection of the gums and painkillers. However, if your pain threshold is low, it is a good idea to have stronger painkillers at home. You will be also required to maintain strict oral hygiene to refrain from developing infections the most common being abscess of the gums.
There are very few cases of implant rejection; statistically, it is 5% of the surgeries. Usually, the indicators are ceaseless pain and discomfort and reddening of the skin around the implant. If any of those occur, it may be necessary to remove the implants.
If your dentist qualified you as a good candidate to all-on-4, you should think about having it done abroad, as affordable all-on-4 is a hugely popular procedure in Poland. So if you look for a cheap all-on-4, consider coming here, as the surgery costs half the price compared to UK or Germany and Dental Travel Poland will help you in scheduling your dental meetings and accommodation.