If you have experienced dental disease or trauma that has caused tooth loss, you may be considering dental implants as a replacement for your lost teeth. Typically, a patient who has lost all natural teeth requires as many as 10 dental implants to keep the replacement teeth securely in place.
We are excited to let you know that we now offer All-on-4 dental implant surgery that allows you to receive the dental implants you need with only four implants on the bottom jaw and four on the top jaw. Best of all, we can complete the entire procedure during a single appointment.
When Dr. Hanson of Hanson Dental performs this oral surgery, they place the titanium posts that replace your missing tooth roots in the bulkiest parts of your jaw bone. Your dentist selects the area of your jaw bone with the greatest strength and the ability to fight against atrophy to place the posts and then angles the implants precisely to help support your new replacement teeth.
Unique Benefits with the All-on-4 Procedure
Traditional dental implant surgery requires multiple appointments and waiting up to several months between each one. As mentioned above, All-on-4 requires only one surgery and you receive your dental implants the same day. The following are some additional benefits specific to the All-on-4 type of dental implants.
- The need for bone grafting is rare: Since your dentist purposefully selects the bulkiest parts of your jaw to insert the implants, it’s unlikely you would need a bone graft before you receive dental implants. This procedure involves removing a small fragment of bone from one area in your jaw and transferring it to the location of the dental implant. It also requires a separate recovery time before you can move onto the next phase of your oral surgery.
- Less time needed for recovery: For approximately one week after receiving your same-day dental implants, you should eat only soft foods and take non-prescription pain relievers as needed. The recovery time with traditional dental implant surgery for replacement of all teeth is typically longer.
- Cost savings: You may save considerable out-of-pocket costs because you don’t need to come in for multiple appointments and follow-ups as you would need to do with the traditional method of obtaining dental implants.
- Every option to replace missing teeth has positive and potentially negative aspects. We encourage you to discuss your treatment goals and any budgetary or insurance limitations with your dentist before deciding whether to pursue the All-on-4 procedure. Feel free to contact our Buffalo, Minnesota office at 763-682-9796 to request a consultation with one of our dentists to learn more about this exciting new tooth replacement option.
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