Patients have long prized dental implants for their ability to effectively restore missing teeth. Since they are anchored directly into the jawbone, they are a long-term solution that allows patients to confidently speak, eat, chew, and enjoy intimacy with their partner, unlike dentures. Furthermore, implants can be used to replace one tooth or many of them—up to an entire mouth of missing teeth. It’s not necessary to have one implant per crown.
Introducing the All-on-4 technique for multiple dental implants
The All-on-4 technique is a revolutionary approach to restoring a patient’s smile. Many patients have a full arch of missing teeth, which means they have lost all of the teeth on the upper or lower jaw—or perhaps both of them. With the All-on-4 technique, your dentist can place four implants along one arch. They are then used to anchor a bridge, which is the visible part of the restoration. It looks exactly like a row of natural teeth.
Can you get same-day dental implants with the All-on-4 technique?
Yes, depending on the dental office you choose, it may be possible to receive your new smile in just one appointment. With the traditional approach to dental implants, patients first receive the dental implant, placed into the jawbone. Then, the gum tissue is sutured back together, and the patient is sent home to recover. It’s then necessary to wait for the bone to fuse to the implant. This process is known as osseointegration, and it’s what gives the implant its strength and durability. After a few months, the patient returns to the office to receive the permanent crown.
However, same-day dental implants are sometimes available to patients. It enables patients to undergo just one procedure and return home with their beautiful new smiles. This technology can be used with the All-on-4 technique.
What if a patient doesn’t have a full arch of missing teeth?
The All-on-4 technique is used when patients have a full arch of missing teeth, but what if you’re missing just three or four adjacent teeth? Your dentist can place one implant at each end of the gap. These two implants can then be used to anchor a bridge that spans the entire gap. You’ll enjoy the benefits of dental implants but without having to get one for each missing tooth.
Schedule a consult for multiple dental implants
At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re pleased to offer same-day dental implants, including the All-on-4 technique, to our valued patients in Suffolk County, Long Island. We’re committed to investing in our onsite technology so that our patients can benefit from the latest advances in oral restorations. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot to find out if multiple dental implants on Long Island are right for you.
Please note that we are continuing to follow all recommended COVID-19 protocols by the CDC and the American Dental Association (ADA). We appreciate your assistance in keeping our premises safe for all by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing whenever possible.
Additional resources on dental implants
- Mayo Clinic, Dental Implant Surgery, https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/dental-implant-surgery/about/pac-20384622
- American Dental Association, Implants, https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/i/implants