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All on 4 Dental Implants

Benefits of All on 4 dental implants

Modern dentistry can offer several ways to replace missing teeth, but one stands out as clearly superior in most cases. That is dental implants treatment, which most dentists (and patients) consider the gold standard. However, the cost and lengthy treatment can be daunting for individuals who are missing all teeth in an arch. That is, unless you are considering All-on-4 dental implants. This treatment, available from Washington Street Dentistry in Indianapolis is a minimally invasive full arch restoration.

The All-on-4 difference

As the name implies, this technique only requires four implants to support a full-arch restoration. Benefits include:

  • Economical – Fewer implants minimize the cost of treatment
  • Efficient – Implants are placed at precision angles to utilize available bone tissue and avoid prerequisite grafting
  • Fast recovery – Most people experience minimal post-surgery discomfort and can resume normal activities within a few days
  • Amazing smile – Our restorations are beautifully designed for a dazzling, natural appearance

About the procedure

Step one is precision planning. Dr. Church will take impressions, photographs, CT scans, and other diagnostics. He will also discuss your goals and aesthetic preferences. This information is used to plan the implant placement surgery and redesign your new smile.

The next step is complete smile restoration in one appointment. Extractions are performed if needed, the implants are placed, and the temporary prosthesis is attached. You will leave our office with a dazzling smile and fully functional teeth. Once the bone is healed and attached to the implants, your temporary restoration will be replaced with the permanent one. Throughout the process, you won’t have to spend a single “toothless” day.

FAQs about All on 4 dental implants

How do All-On-Four Dental Implants Work?

These implants utilize a strategic placement of four dental implants per arch. These implants are placed at an angle to engage more of your jawbone and allow for the attachment of tooth replacement options, including implant-supported dentures. The implantation procedure is very similar to how a traditional dental implant would be placed, with one significant difference being that All-on-four dental implants will not require any bone grafting in most situations, like a traditional implant may if an insufficient jawbone is present.

Do All-On-Four Dental Implants Provide A Natural Look and Feel?

Dental implants, whether traditional or All-on-four, are crafted to provide a natural look, feel, and function. Dental implants give our patients the confidence to smile, eat, and otherwise engage in social activity. Because dental implants integrate and fuse with the jawbone, there is no need to worry about them moving or shifting like a denture. Here at Washington Street Dentistry in Indianapolis, Indiana, you can trust Dr. Church to provide dental implants that match a natural tooth’s shape, size, and color.

What Are Some Advantages of All-On-Four Dental Implants?

All-on-four dental implants provide many advantages our patients are happy about. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

They create a beautiful and natural look and provide a perfect option for full arch replacement.
They allow for the quick placement of natural-looking replacement teeth that are fully functional and fixed in place.
Easy to maintain.
They will, over time, allow for the preservation of jawbone and minimize the risk of bone resorption.-
They will increase your self-confidence as you will have a smile that you love the look of and which will allow you to enjoy all of your favorite foods.

How Do I Care For My All-On-Four Dental Implants?

All-on-four dental implants require no special treatment and are maintained just like a natural tooth. Simply follow an excellent oral hygiene routine, including regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Also, make sure to see your dentist twice a year for a dental cleaning and examination.

Is The Procedure Painful?

Because the dental implant procedure is surgical, it is only natural to have some anxiety about the procedure possibly being painful. The great news is that Dr. Church and our entire team will do everything in our power to ensure the entire process is as comfortable for you as possible. Many of our patients tell us that it was much less uncomfortable than they anticipated due to the anesthetics used and how skilled our staff is. Dr. Church will also provide you with a complete set of aftercare instructions to follow at home as you heal from the procedure to ensure your healing goes as planned and with as few complications as possible. We will also talk to you about pain management techniques.

Should I Bring Somebody With Me To The Procedure?

We always encourage our patients to bring a friend or family member for support. Not only can they offer you the support and added emotional comfort you may need before heading into the procedure, but they will also then be able to drive you home following the placement of the implants. An anesthetic is involved, so having a safe ride home that allows you to remain comfortable on your way is important. A bonus will be that this friend or family member will be the first to see your brand-new smile.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From The Procedure?

Recovery does vary from patient to patient. While many patients do not experience much discomfort other than from the swelling at the incision sites, this can be a personally unique situation. While the initial healing period takes place, you must follow a soft food diet to allow the implants to heal properly. This process can take a few weeks. Your healing timeline will be discussed with you by Dr. Church prior to your procedure.

Am I A Good Candidate for All-On-Four Dental Implants?

Unlike other dental procedures, most people with a healthy oral situation will be considered good candidates for the implant procedure. Dr. Church will thoroughly examine you to determine your candidacy. If there are oral health concerns, these may need to be addressed first before being approved as a candidate for the procedure.

Are All-On-Four Dental Implants Expensive?

While the cost of dental implant options like All-on-four dental implants has come down over recent years, it can still be more expensive than other tooth replacement options up front. This decrease in cost is thanks to advancements in dental technologies and techniques. We know that it can be stressful figuring out how dental bills will be covered, which is why we are happy to talk to you about our available payment plans for services. Please discuss this with our team, and we can present a situation that will work for you.

Are All-On-Four Dental Implants Good For People Of All Ages?

When it comes to dental implants, age is not usually a factor in determining if you are a suitable candidate for All-on-four dental procedures. For our younger patients, they need to have reached full jawbone development. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure is to call us today for a free consultation with Dr. Church.

Why choose All-on-4 from Washington Street DentistryThe key to successful treatment with so few implants is absolute precision in placement and restoral techniques. Dr. Church is an experienced implantologist, member of the ACOI (American College of Oral Implantology), graduate of Misch International Implant Institute Surgical Program, and Fellow of ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists). He is well known for creating spectacular smiles that can last a lifetime. Just call us at (317) 333-6788 for an appointment.

Washington Street Dentistry
Dr. Matthew Church

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A graduate from the University of Kentucky, Dr. M Church has an extensive amount of skill and expertise in the field of professional dentistry. With over 20 years of experience, he is a firm believer in providing his patients with the best possible care for their dental concerns. Whilst being educated and experienced in a multitude of dental services, Dr. Church is particularly proficient in the areas involving Invisalign, for which he is a certified provider, cosmetic dental services, and dental implants.

Dr. Church invests both time and resources in educating and maintaining his standard of quality in terms of his service. He undertook and graduated from the Misch International Implant Institute Surgical Program and maintains active membership with the American College of Oral Implantology. He is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.


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