Understanding All-on-4 Solutions

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All-on-4 solutions are the most desirable type of dental restoration for people who have lost a significant number of teeth. While the process of getting an All-on-4 solution can take longer than getting dentures, it is often worth it in the end. All-on-4 solutions are fixed, practical, strong, stable, and look just like natural teeth.

Unfortunately, many Americans do not understand them or haven’t heard about them because All-on-4 solutions are usually out of their financial reach in the US. In fact, some dentists don’t mention them to their patients because of the expense. This is why patients who know about them come to get them in Mexico, especially those living in Phoenix, Flagstaff, Tucson, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Glendale, Prescott, Yuma and Sedona.

All-on-4 solutions are typically used in patients have wide spaces that need replacement teeth—or even the whole jaw. The procedure typically involves at least two surgeries, separated by three or four months. In the first surgery, the dentist pulls out any teeth that can’t be saved and inserts four dental implants into the jawbone. These implants will eventually be the base for a bridge that will hold the replacement teeth.

Sometimes, if the condition of the patient permits it, the dentist will also insert abutments on top of the implants. If not, these will have to be inserted in a second surgery.

After the dental implants are in place, the patient has to wait until they are naturally integrated into the jawbone. This is called osseointegration and it’s what gives the all-on-4 solution its strength and stability. The implants become inseparable from your jawbone.

Once the dentist is sure that the osseointegration process is ready, the next surgery takes place. If the patient doesn’t have abutments yet, this surgery will insert them. Otherwise, the bridge will be set in place and attached to the abutments on top of the implants.

Before, during, and after the procedure, the patient needs to follow certain rules. These may include limitations on the types of food that can be eaten, types of exercise, certain medications, etc. The most significant one is smoking. The patient has to stop smoking for a certain time before the procedure starts and remain non-smoking until it is complete. Smoking can cause infections at any point of the procedure and sometimes after it.

While the procedure seems complex, it is highly recommended as it is the closest thing there is to recovering your natural teeth. You’ll be able to eat whatever you want, speak and laugh openly, and your replacement teeth will look and feel so natural you may forget they aren’t yours.

If you are interested in an All-on-4 solution in Los Algodones, Mexico, please fill out the “Help me Find a Dentist” form. A participating dental specialist will reply to your needs.

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