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If you have lost most or all of your natural teeth, but you would prefer a more permanent, long-lasting alternative to traditional dentures, All-On-Four dental implants may be right for you. This procedure uses four dental implants to replace the upper, lower, or both rows of your teeth.
These implants are secured tightly by your jaw bone and bond with your jaw to become a natural part of your mouth. By attaching a set of denture alternatives to your All-On-Four implants, you can get a natural-looking smile that will never move or shift. Your All-On-Four dentures will look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.
To begin, Dr. Schof will clean and numb your mouth. You can also be sedated during this process, if you wish. Then, you may need to have several preparatory procedures. You may need to have any remaining teeth extracted, or you may require a treatment like bone ridge smoothing (alveoloplasty). Dr. Schof will begin by performing these treatments and preparing your mouth for dental implant placement.
Once your mouth has been prepared, your treatment will move onto the second phase. Dr. Schof will create openings in your gum tissue and jaw bone, and surgically place four implants into the upper arch, lower arch, or both arches of the mouth. Typically, two implants are placed in the front of your mouth, and two are placed in the rear. These implants will be placed at an angle to enhance their stability and strength.
Once your implants have been placed and secured, your All-On-Four denture will be permanently attached to the implants. Then, your mouth will be cleaned and the incisions will be sutured, and the procedure is complete. You will follow Dr. Schof’s instructions to rest and recover in the comfort of your own home.