Cottonwood Family Dental is a general practice dental office in Murray, Utah.
Randy N. Downing, D.D.S. is the practicing dentist.
This blog will provide valuable information about dentistry and dental care for those interested in ideal dental health.
What are All-on-4 dental implants? For those patients that have lost all their teeth or have teeth that cannot be restored, the all-on-4 dental implant restoration is the best way to restore your dental health to as closely as possible in looks and function to your original teeth. The restoration is attached to 4 dental implants placed in the bone to support the restoration.
All-on-4 dental implants:
Are permanent teeth that can be brushed and cleaned like natural teeth
Do not have to be taken out
Do not need adhesives
Are comfortable because they do not press down on your gums
Allow you to experience the hot and cold of your food, as well as the taste
Allow you to bite with increased force (up to 70% more), so you can eat all of your favorite foods again
Prevent bone deterioration
Restore your facial features
How are All-on-4 Dental Implants different from dentures? All-on-4 dental implants differ from dentures because they are a permanent solution for missing or severely damaged teeth. They are secured directly into your own jaw, so they look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
How do All-on-4 dental implants compare to traditional implants? The All-on-4 dental implant technique uses only four implants per arch, whereas traditional implants utilize anywhere from six to eight implants or more in each arch. The implants of the All-on-4 procedure are also placed at an angle, which allows for increased contact by using the natural support of your bone. In addition, the All-on-4 procedure requires no bone grafting for most patients, which is common in traditional implant procedures. Therefore, All-on-4 dental implants save both time and money.
How long is the All-on-4 dental implant surgery? The surgery takes approximately 2.5 hours per arch.
What is the success rate with All-on-4 Dental Implants? Published studies show a 98% success rate using All-on-4 dental implants.
Who is the ideal candidate for All-on-4 Dental Implants? The ideal candidate for the All-on-4 dental implant procedure at Dental Associates is someone who is missing most or all of their teeth, or is currently wearing dentures. Age is not a limiting factor for All-on-4 dental implants as long the candidate is in good health.
Where will my replacement teeth be made? We work closely with a lab that has done thousands of implant restorations. The lab technician will be a part of the pre-surgical preparation and be at the office the day of the surgery to make sure we get the best possible restoration. The restoring dentist will also be present along with the oral surgeon to place the restoration following the implant surgical placement.
Will my results look natural? Absolutely. The All-on-4 dental implant technique gives you permanent teeth that look, feel and function just like real teeth. No one will know you have implants unless you tell them.
Why don't I get my permanent set of teeth the day my implants are placed? As with any surgery, you need time to heal. However, you will not leave our office without teeth! A temporary set of teeth will be placed on your implants. Once the healing process is complete, your permanent teeth will be placed at a follow up visit approximately six months after surgery.
What if I just need implants on my bottom arch? What if I someday need All-on-4 dental implants on both arches? All-on-4 implants can be placed on just the upper or lower arch. Our implant specialists will evaluate your circumstance and if we feel you might eventually need replacement teeth on both the upper and lower arches, we might suggest performing the procedure on both arches at the same time. This provides better results while also saving time and money. Your doctor will work with you to determine what best meets your health needs and financial situation.
What type of cleaning is required after an implant is placed? Since dental implants should be treated like your natural teeth, daily brushing and flossing is recommended. Our team of specialists and dental hygienists will review oral hygiene instructions with you and recommend the most appropriate daily oral hygiene plan to fit your needs.