If you have traditional false teeth or may soon lose your pearly whites, then all on 4 is the best denture solution. They look great, reduce risk of oral problems in the future, and last a lifetime of steak, apples and toffee.

Before the age of dental floss, fluoride and root canals, many people lost all their teeth at a young age. Dentures were common and despite their problems, people used them because there were no other options.

Dentures can result in a range of problems for the wearer. If they’ve been constructed badly, they don’t fit properly and are uncomfortable. Not only that, but they can cause gum and mouth irritation or cause problems when eating or speaking. Dentures that fitted perfectly at first can wear and alter over time, and while they may not have caused problems initially, they may cause sores, calluses and become loose, requiring replacement or maintenance.

Technology has moved on and false teeth are no longer the only answer. A much better, permanent solution has been developed.

All-on-4 dental implants are the long-term solution
A permanent set of implants give you the freedom to eat what you want and live a normal life. Not only are the teeth permanent, but they look great, giving you an attractive smile.

What is all-on-4?

All-on-4 are a permanent set of replacement teeth that are permanently affixed in your mouth. There are four titanium screws placed in your upper and/ or lower jaw that the imitation teeth are attached to, ensuring a tight, comfortable and lasting solution.

How does it work?

It’s a five-step process that takes about six months from start to finish.

  • First, your dentist will perform a thorough examination. They will perform a range of imaging techniques in order to create a picture of your mouth structure. This allows them to plan the best course of treatment.
  • Then, they’ll use software and their experience to plan the implant treatment. Everyone is different and every treatment is too. The shape of your mouth and the structure of your jawbone are taken into account so that the best possible outcome is achieved.
  • The surgery is performed. This takes from 90 minutes to two hours per arch and is completed under general anaesthetic or IV sedation. Any remaining teeth and damaged tissue from the gums are removed. Then, they insert the screws into the jawbone.
  • Immediately post-op, you’ll rest and recover. Then, you will have a temporary bridge fitted to the implants. This takes about two hours, after which you can go home. Recovery from this procedure takes five to seven days in which time you’ll need to rest and avoid disturbing the surgery site.
  • Four to six months after surgery, the temporary bridge is removed and the final bridge is fitted.

Why get all-on-4?

  • They look great. You can smile and know your teeth look amazing. They look natural yet attractive. If you’ve been conscious of how your teeth look, then all-on-4 dental implants will give you confidence in your smile.
  • They are secure and feel like your own. You can blow out candles on your birthday cake or eat steak without fear that your teeth will move or become dislodged.
  • All-on-4 helps to avoid oral health problems such as gum disease, bone loss and unstable teeth. While you still need to care for your mouth and teeth, the weaknesses of the natural tooth are avoided.

Negatives of all-on-4

All on 4 dental implants cost NZ can be expensive, costing thousands of dollars. However, it is wise to remember that it is a lifetime solution with a one-off cost.

Recovery can be painful with dry lips, sore throat, nausea and pain. Some people also experience bleeding, sharp sensations in their mouth, and discolouration of gums from bruising. However, it is short term pain for long term gain- 95% of recipients are happy with the finished result and 98% of people would recommend them to others as a solution.

There can be a period of adjustment too. Some people find they suffer a slight speech impediment or slurring of words as they adjust to their new teeth. This can be minimised if only the upper or lower teeth are replaced, but generally, this does resolve over time as the tongue adjusts to the changes.

In a small number of cases, the implants may not integrate with the bone. This can be caused by smoking, low bone density or poor nutrition. Your dentist can remove the implant and insert a new one once the area has healed.

All on 4 dental implants might be the answer

Talk to your dentist to find out if all on 4 is right for you. A highly skilled dentist will be able to advise if this is a good option for you. While the all on 4 dental implants cost in NZ is several thousand, talk to your dentist and assess if it’s actually more cost effective for you than other options.

Ask them if they have all on 4 before and after shots. This allows you to see the quality of their work and also if this is the result you are looking for. It could be the perfect solution to all your tooth problems.

Author's Bio: 

Misty Jhones