What Are All-on-4/Teeth in a Day?
All-on-4, or teeth in a day, is a term for a specific implant procedure that uses at least four locations to replace your top or bottom teeth completely. While other methods use six to eight dental implants, All-on-4 employs a special technique for angling the implants so that they can support all of the new teeth.
Ideal Candidates for All-on-4 Implants
All-on-4 dental implants can restore your smile in one procedure, replacing some patients’ teeth in a day. Similar to regular dental implants, All-on-4 is ideal for San Francisco patients who:
Require multiple dental implants.
Want to replace several teeth at once.
The result is a lasting replacement that looks and feels, like your natural teeth. All-on-4 can even allow you to walk out with a brand new set of teeth after just one procedure.
Am I a Good Candidate for All-on-4?
Before deciding on a treatment, one of the oral surgeons at SF Oral Surgery will give you a comprehensive examination and determine the condition of your teeth. San Francisco patients should consider All-on-4 to:
- Replace their dentures with an option that closely resembles their natural teeth.
- Repair damaged or decayed teeth by placing All-on-4 instead of dental implants.
- Provide an entire arch (top or bottom) of teeth for patients with several missing or damaged teeth.
Not all patients are suited for All-on-4 treatment, but your specific situation and potential alternatives will be discussed at your consultation.
Who Is Qualified to Place All-on-4?
Although some dentists may imply that they are qualified to place All-on-4, they have not received the same training as an oral surgeon. Without the extra years of training, your dentist will not have the experience and complete understanding of complex anatomy that an oral surgeon has. In most cases, your dentist has likely taken only one weekend course without the benefit of working with any real patients.
Are All-on-4 Implants as Strong as Traditional Dental Implants?
The logic for traditional dental implants is to replace the roots of your teeth so that a restoration, or crown, can be attached securely. All-on-4 is based on the same principle, but the strategic placement of four dental implants allows you to:
- Regain the ability to chew and eat the food you love.
- Walk away with a new set of teeth on the same day.
- Restore your natural smile.
- Care for All-on-4 like your natural teeth.
Unlike other types of dental implants, All-on-4 may only require one recovery period rather than several different procedures required for traditional dental implants.
What Will Happen During My Procedure?
On the day of your All-on-4 procedure, you will need to set aside approximately 2.5 hours for each arch that is placed. In some cases, you may need to come in for a follow-up procedure to place the second arch. SF Oral Surgery uses IV anesthesia to make San Francisco patients feel more comfortable and relaxed throughout their procedure. Once your anesthesia has taken effect, your oral surgeon will:
- Place at least four dental implants at specific angles in the bone.
- Affix an abutment to connect your new set of teeth.
- Restore your natural teeth with a new set of teeth.
To coordinate same-day treatment, you will need to receive impressions from a dentist to fit your new teeth at the same time as your dental implants.
How Long Will It Take to Recover?
The purpose of All-on-4 treatment is to reduce the recovery time normally associated with dental implants while keeping all the benefits. All-on-4 will take a total of six to eight months to heal completely, but you will be able to eat normally within a few weeks after the procedure. Until then SF Oral Surgery recommends a soft diet of nutritious foods such as soup, yogurt, pasta, and rice.