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The Benefits and Risks of All-on-4 Dental Implants

11 Sep 2020

All-on-4 dental implants is a dental restoration used to replace missing teeth in one arch of the jaw. This dental treatment for missing teeth has been available for a long time. A lot of people have used dental implants in the past, and the result was excellent.

If your teeth are missing and you want to get an all on 4 dental implants London, you should know the benefits and risks of this dental treatment to help you understand what to expect.

Benefits of all-on-4 dental implants

The following are benefits of all-on-4 implants over removable dentures and more complex dental implants.

  • Cost-effective procedure

The procedure for getting all-on-4 dental implants does not involve the use of large numbers of dental implants, making it cost-effective. The process is simpler and faster, and you get a full dental bridge in just a day. If you want to get an all-on-4 implant, you may not need a complex bone graft or a sinus lift procedure which adds to the cost of some dental restoration procedures.

  • Bone preservation

Dental implants can preserve the bone in the jaw. If you remove your teeth without replacing them, your jawbone will shrink over time and dentures may accelerate the loss of the jawbone due to the pressure the dentures cause while sitting on the gums and underlying jawbone.

  • Increased comfort and restore confidence

After fitting your all-on-4 dental implant, the dentist places and supports restoration on the dental implant and not the gum tissues. This helps to avoid sore patches from the dental restoration rubbing gum. You also avoid the embarrassment of loose-fitting dentures and denture glues.

  • Improved diet and better enjoyment of food

With the dental implant, you do not have a problem eating any food, unlike people who wear dentures that have to avoid some foods or cannot eat certain foods because they are too hard and crunchy. Dental implants are durable and can withstand the force of chewing hard foods, and you can eat a variety of healthy diets with them. You also have an increased bite strength.

  • Improved appearance

When you lose your teeth, which may also lead to loss of your jaw bone, it affects your facial dimension and makes you look older than you are. All-on-4 dental implants support the cheek and lips. They also replace height lost in between your upper and lower jaws.

  • Quick and effective

The procedure for fitting all-on-4 dental implants is quick, and you only need one appointment to produce immediate results. Sometimes, people refer to all-on-4 dental implants as a smile in a day or same-day teeth.

Risk factors with all-on-4 dental implants

A compilation of feedback from all-on-4 dental implants indicated that the procedure is usually a successful one. The success rate is about 95%, but just like every other dental surgical procedure, the procedure has a few risks everyone should know.

  • Rejection

The body may reject the implant immediately after your dentist places it. Other post-surgical complications such as swelling, bruising or swelling may occur, but you can manage them using painkillers for a day or two.

Factors that increase the risk of long term complications from fitting all-on-4 dental implants include the following.

  • Grinding the teeth (bruxism)
  • History of periodontitis (gum disease)
  • Smoking
  • Bone disease and medications such as oral or intravenous bisphosphate
  • Systematic diseases like uncontrolled Type II diabetes

You can avoid all the long term complications of all-on-4 dental implants by having regular maintenance visits with your dentist and avoiding cigarettes or any tobacco product. With this, you ensure that the implant and surrounding gums are healthy and clean from any harmful substance.

  • Peri-implantitis

Another problem that could arise with all-on-4 dental implants is Peri-Implantitis, also called tooth implant infection. This condition sets in when bacteria are in the gum during oral surgery or post-surgery as a result of poor dental hygiene.

To avoid Peri-Implantitis, your dental hygienist will use a special instrument to clean around the tooth implant to remove plaque and food particles. You would also need check-ups after every three months and professional cleanings to reduce the risk of infection.

  • Wear and tear

A possible problem that may arise after all-on-4 dental implant placement is wearing and tearing or chipping of the bridge retaining screw. You can avoid this and loosening of the implant screw by using a bite guard to reduce the pressure on the fixed dental bridge.

  • Nerve damage or sinus problems

The risk of nerve damage or sinus problems are low, and your dentist can avoid it by carefully planning the surgical procedure. The technique of fitting all-on-4 dental implants is a specialised one, and the expertise of your dentist is a crucial factor in the success of your treatment.

You can get an experienced dentist for your all-on-4 dental implant surgery at Cosmetic Dentistry Clinic. Call 020 71830755 now to book an appointment for your all-on-4 dental implants and get a perfect smile within a few hours.