Posted on 5/1/2017 by Dr. Franco
|We can surgically retain your dentures in one day. With other implant procedures, the preparatory work and the steps to the finished product can take months, even up to a year, to complete. The All-on-4® Treatment Concept is different. With the technique that is used, Dr. Franco places what is known as immediate load dentures using four dental implants. Immediate load means that the entire procedure is completed in one day, and though the patient will need to eat with caution for a period of time, they can use their dentures the same day. Our staff at BiteLock can provide you the implant retained dentures you need to chew foods more naturally, and even feel like you have your natural teeth.
How does the All-on-4® Treatment Concept allow for immediate use?
In most implant procedures, the dentist is first required to place a bone graft, then wait a period of time for the bone to grow, providing more dense bone to place the implant. Once the bone is ready, the implant is surgically placed. We then need the patient to wait several more months for the bone and implant to heal, fusing together, before we can finally place the crown, dental bridge, or partial denture.
The All-on-4® Treatment Concept is different. Dr. Franco uses longer implants that are placed at a specific angle. The longer length and angled placement allows us to reach denser, thicker bone, making for a strong hold. The patient can immediately eat soft, manageable foods. They will need to take caution with their device for a healing period, but this time also allows the patient to used to their new teeth. As the patient grows increasingly more comfortable with their device, they will also be able to increase the range of foods they are able to eat. Soon, the implant retained denture will feel just like the natural teeth they once had.
What to Expect During Surgery
Though the procedure may sound extreme, most patients are surprised at how easy it felt, and since it is minimally invasive, the All-on-4® Treatment Concept is gentle enough for even medically frail patients. Dr. Franco will first anesthetize the patient with the appropriate type of anesthesia based on their medical needs. We do not want you to feel any discomfort and will take your needs into consideration. Dr. Franco will then proceed to open the tissue and use a specialized dental drill to create the space needed in the bone. Dr. Franco will then place the four implants along with the denture device. The area is sutured closed and the procedure is completed. In most cases, the entire process is done in about one hour.
What to Expect Post Surgery
Post surgery will include a couple of days of discomfort, though based on many patients testimonies the discomfort was less than anticipated. We will prescribe an appropriate pain reliever for the first few days. Many patients find that they can resume regular activities, and even return to work, within a few days. It will take some time getting used to suddenly having a mouthful of permanent teeth again. With the sudden change, and in order to allow your bone to heal, you will need to proceed slowly and cautiously. Soon, you will be able to chew foods with ease without ever having the worry of your denture device coming loose again.
PEDRO F. FRANCO, DDS
HOWARD B. PRICE, DDS
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