If you’ve been to our website before, you know we can’t say enough about All-on-Four dental implants: how life-changing it can be, how great our specialists are at performing the procedure (yes, they really are), and how much gratitude our patients express when they get their smiles back.
But a few of our patients have pointed out that we haven’t talked much about what actually happens on the day you come in for the All-on-Four procedure. So, we thought we’d break it down for you here. We’re pretty sure you’ll be surprised by how simple the process really is.
And, if you’re a regular at Town Center Dentistry, you’ll recognize the touch of class and the Five Star Service we provide with everything we do.
Prior to your All-on-Four procedure
Before the day of your All-on-Four, you will meet with one of your favorite specialists who will gather information to determine various factors and plan for the details of your procedure. These details will include the length and position of your new teeth, how much lip and facial structure you’ll need, and so on.
At this time, we’ll also clear up any questions you may still have so that you feel prepared, comfortable, and ready to receive the wonderful gift of your own bright, beautiful smile.
The day of your All-on-Four procedure
On the day of your procedure, we’ll send our private limousine to pick you up and bring you into our office in Rancho Bernardo. We do this to make it easier on you and to help you feel well tended-to in our care.
When you arrive at our office, our support staff will help you get comfortable, and our world-class sedation dentistry specialists will prepare you for the surgery. Then all you need to do is sit back and relax.
Remember, the All-on-Four procedure requires only four titanium implants per arch. This means that while you’re comfortably sedated, your All-on-Four specialist will be able to do multiple procedures in just that one session. If you need tooth extractions and bone shaping in addition to your implant placement, we’ll be able to do it all at once.
(Remember the days when multiple procedures meant going back and forth to the dentist multiple times? Well, those days are over. We’ll take a moment while you let that sink in.)
When you wake up from your All-on-Four dental implant procedure, you will have a fully functional set of teeth! They will be temporary teeth affixed to your implants just as your permanent teeth will be a couple of months later. So after you heal up a bit, you’ll be able to smile, eat, laugh, and sing karaoke with abandon!
You may be a little too woozy for karaoke right after the procedure, so we’ll send you home in the limousine.
During the first 6 to 8 weeks, we recommend that you don’t eat with too much abandon. Namely, we’d like you to avoid really chewy or tough foods during that period. But otherwise, we don’t anticipate much more than a few days of mild postoperative discomfort. So you should be able to start functioning normally with your new teeth.
After your bone cells have had a couple of months to graft to your implants, locking them in place, you’ll receive your permanent teeth. They’ll be a bit more durable than the temporary teeth and will fit more snugly against your healed gums.
And voila! There you have it. Brand new teeth that allow you to live the way you used to. And the care they require is no different than the care required for natural teeth: just good, old-fashioned brushing and flossing and regular dental check-ups.
Yes, it’s as simple as that
When our All-on-Four patients begin once again to experience the fullness of life following the procedure, they often call us to exclaim, “I can’t believe how easy it was! Why didn’t I do this sooner?”
Let that be a message to you. Why wait?
If you’re ready to get back out there and live the life you’ve hidden from because of uncooperative dentures or failing teeth, give us a call to schedule an appointment or a consultation.
Yes, it really is as simple as getting a set of fully functioning teeth in a single day. And, at Town Center Dentistry, we’re here to make it happen.