Oral health problems that threaten natural teeth can also threaten dental implants. If you currently have gum disease or have had gum disease in the past, it puts your implants at risk. We can treat gum disease and watch for its return, but you need to be aware of this risk. Diabetes may impact your oral health and will be considered in your treatment plan. If you have had recent or impending radiation therapy to the jaw you cannot receive dental implants.
Physical Health & Medications
Age is never a barrier to dental implant surgery if you are healthy. Some medications can interfere with dental implant healing. The most common concerns are antidepressants and osteoporosis medications known as bisphosphonates.
Smoking can increase your risk of dental implant failure by three times or more. It’s best to quit altogether, but if this is not possible you should at least quit during your treatment time and healing.
What are the treatment steps?
Your initial consultation visit will be approximately one hour and will include a CT scan of your mouth, photographs, and dental molds will be made. Your team of doctors will evaluate your physical and dental health, discuss your treatment options, time of treatment, expectations and costs. The next visit will be your surgery appointment with both an oral surgeon and a restorative dentist. During this appointment teeth will be removed, implants will be placed and you will have your your new set of teeth permanently attached to the implants. This will be a long day so you should plan for a long visit and then plan to rest and relax that evening. You should anticipate taking it easy for the next few days to promote healing. You will return to the office one week later to evaluate your healing and function.
In closing, the All On 4 is a state of the art, sophisticated restoration of either or both the upper and lower arches. The planning and treatment is very detailed and requires a skilled oral surgeon and highly qualified and experienced restorative dentist. While initial cost for this treatment may seem high, one must first appreciate the value this investment will provide. The All On 4 provides a lifetime of enjoyment with improved self confidence free of painful and diseased teeth that have caused years of embarrassment. This new treatment option can provide a healthy and comfortable smile you can be proud of in just one day with a lifetime of satisfaction.
Before and After