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FAQs About All-on-4 Dental Implants

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The initial consultation fee is £125 that will be deducted from your treatment plan if you decide to go ahead.

What sets All-on-4 dental implants apart from conventional dental implants?

Unlike traditional dental implants, which may require multiple implants per tooth or extensive bone grafting, All-on-4 implants utilise just four implants per arch, strategically placed to maximise support and stability. This streamlined approach often eliminates the need for bone grafts, making it a more efficient and accessible option for many patients.

Is the All-on-4 dental implant procedure suitable for me?

Most individuals with significant tooth loss or those wearing traditional dentures may be suitable candidates for All-on-4 implants. A thorough dental examination and imaging are necessary to assess factors such as oral health, bone density, and overall suitability for the procedure.

Can I get All-on-4 dental implants from NHS?

All-on-4 dental implants are typically not available on the NHS for cosmetic reasons. The NHS primarily focuses on providing essential and medically necessary dental treatments. All-on-4 implants are considered a cosmetic solution for tooth loss, addressing aesthetic concerns rather than urgent oral health needs. As a result, individuals seeking All-on-4 implants for cosmetic purposes may need to explore private dental services for this specific treatment.

Private dental clinics, like Coppertop Dental Surgery, can offer a range of cosmetic options, including All-on-4 implants, providing personalised assessments and comprehensive dental care tailored to individual preferences. Private dental services often involve associated costs, but they allow patients to access cosmetic treatments beyond what is covered by the NHS, ensuring a more extensive range of options for achieving a natural and aesthetically pleasing smile.

What is the timeframe for receiving All-on-4 dental implants?

The entire All-on-4 process, from the initial consultation to the final placement of the permanent prosthesis, can take several months. However, patients receive a temporary set of teeth on the same day as the implant placement, allowing for immediate functionality.

Is the All-on-4 procedure painful?

The All-on-4 procedure is typically performed under local anaesthesia, ensuring that patients are comfortable and pain-free during the process. Some postoperative discomfort is normal, but this can be managed with prescribed or over-the-counter pain medications.

Is All-on-4 a permanent solution?

All-on-4 dental implants are designed to be a permanent solution for tooth loss. With proper care and regular dental check-ups, they can last for many years, providing a durable and stable foundation for a functional and aesthetic smile.

Can I eat normally with All-on-4 implants?

Yes, one of the significant advantages of All-on-4 dental implants is that they restore full chewing function, allowing patients to eat a wide range of foods with confidence. It’s essential to follow any dietary guidelines provided by the dentist during the initial healing period.

How do I care for my All-on-4 implants?

Caring for All-on-4 implants is similar to caring for natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups are essential to maintain oral hygiene and the longevity of the implants. Dentists may also recommend specific cleaning techniques for the prosthesis.

What materials are used in All-on-4 implants?

All-on-4 implants typically use medical-grade titanium for the implant posts, as titanium is biocompatible and integrates well with the jawbone. The prosthetic teeth are often made from durable and aesthetically pleasing materials like acrylic or porcelain.

Can smokers get All-on-4 dental implants?

While smoking may increase the risk of implant failure and complications, individuals who smoke can still undergo All-on-4 procedures. However, quitting smoking before and after the procedure is strongly recommended to enhance the success and longevity of the implants.

Are there any health conditions that may affect eligibility for All-on-4 implants?

Certain health conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes or significant immune system disorders, may impact eligibility for All-on-4 implants. A thorough medical evaluation is crucial to assess the patient’s overall health and determine suitability for the procedure.

Do All-on-4 implants require periodic adjustments?

While All-on-4 implants are designed to be durable, periodic adjustments or maintenance visits may be necessary over time. Regular dental check-ups help monitor the health of the implants and address any issues promptly.

What is the recovery time after getting All-on-4 implants?

The initial recovery period after getting All-on-4 implants involves some swelling and discomfort, which typically subside within a few days to a week. Full integration of the implants with the jawbone may take several months.

Can I get All-on-4 implants if I have gum disease?

Gum disease can impact the success of implant procedures, and active gum disease may need to be treated before proceeding with All-on-4 implants. A comprehensive evaluation by our dentist will determine the most appropriate course of action.

Are All-on-4 implants suitable for individuals with bone loss?

All-on-4 dental implants are specifically designed to address bone loss, and they often eliminate the need for extensive bone grafting. The strategic placement of the implants maximises the use of available bone, making them a viable option for individuals with some degree of bone loss.

How often should I visit the dentist after getting All-on-4 implants?

After getting All-on-4 implants, regular dental check-ups are essential. In the initial months, more frequent visits may be required to monitor healing and ensure the implants’ stability. Once the integration is complete, regular dental check-ups typically suffice.

Are All-on-4 implants customised to match natural teeth?

Yes, All-on-4 implants can be customised to match the colour, shape, and size of natural teeth. The prosthetic teeth are crafted to blend seamlessly with the patient’s existing dentition, providing a natural and aesthetically pleasing result.

Are there alternatives to All-on-4 dental implants?

Yes, there are alternative dental implant solutions, such as traditional dental implants, implant-supported bridges, or implant-retained dentures. The choice depends on factors like the extent of tooth loss, bone density, etc. A comprehensive consultation helps determine the most suitable option.

Dental Implant Team at Coppertop Dental Surgery in Camberley Surrey

A Happy Patient’s Testimonial

“After years of playing football and rugby as a youth into my early twenties, my teeth took some knocks. Admittedly, I didn’t look after them as well as I could have either. Over the last ten years I began to lose more of my upper teeth and eventually I had 2 left. I did get some dentures, which I never found comfortable but over the years the loss of teeth had a profound effect on my confidence and even simply what I could eat. I had to investigate implants. Was I nervous, yes! I need not have been. The team at Coppertop Dental Surgery, Dr Pretam Gharat and his team (the specialist) were all great throughout the whole process. I won’t lie, the procedure isn’t comfortable, more so for the next week or so. You have had surgery on your mouth after all, but it does heel, the pain goes away and it’s simply a game changer for me. I have been able to eat apples and nuts for the first time in 20 years without worrying about breaking a tooth. The personal confidence is just as significant. To be able to smile again without thinking about it! It’s expensive, but worth every penny in my opinion. I cannot recommend doing this enough if you can, the whole team are there with you throughout. I will get the bottom teeth done next!”

GP Storey

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During this comprehensive consultation, Dr Gharat will assess your oral health, discuss your dental history and treatment goals, and determine if All-on-4 implants are the right solution for you. The consultation fee is £125 which will be deducted from your treatment cost if you decided to go ahead for the treatment.