This four-part article series provides comprehensive answers to all the questions frequently asked about the All-on-4 dental implant protocol for complete oral rehabilitation.
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In our previous article post, experienced implant dentist Dr. Wayne Brueggen began answering some of the questions patients frequently ask about All on Four dental implants in Houston. Before we continue to address more of these questions, we shall provide a brief recap on this breakthrough dental implant protocol.

All on Four Dental Implants: Conception

In 1993, European implantologist, Dr. Paulo Malo innovated a surgical technique that enabled qualified implant dentists to provide edentulous (not having a single original adult tooth left) and near-edentulous patients with new, immediately functional and non-removable teeth in a single surgery, in a single day. This achievement went entirely without precedent and represented a breakthrough in the fields of fixed oral rehabilitation and dental implantology. Not only do All on Four dental implants in Houston make oral rehabilitation quicker, easier and less complicated than traditional implant protocol, but it also enables patients to save an average of $25,000 on getting their beautiful and confident smiles back! If there is one comprehensive and sophisticated 21st century solution to rampant tooth loss and edentulism, then it’s All on Four dental implants in Houston!

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All on Four Dental Implants in Houston: Your Frequently Asked Questions Answered

FAQ # 4: How do All on Four dental implants in Houston work? What procedure is involved?

Answer: The procedure behind the placement of All on Four dental implants in Houston consists of two phases: (1) the surgery and (2) the fitting of your prosthetic dental bridge.

1. All on Four Dental Implants in Houston: Surgery ~ During the surgery, qualified and experienced implant dentist, Dr. Wayne Brueggen, will extract any remaining failing teeth. This is performed under the effects of a general anesthesia of course, so you won’t feel a thing! Once the gums have been thoroughly cleaned and any bacteria and signs of infection eliminated, he will insert two dental implants in the anterior (front) portion of the mouth and another two, longer implants in the posterior (back) portion of the mouth, in the region of the third molars (see image above). These latter two implants are inserted at an angle as to reap maximum support from the jaw while avoiding damage to vital structures, such as the sinus cavity in the upper jaw and the nerve canal in the mandible.

2. All on Four Dental Implants in Houston: Placement of the Bridge ~ Once the four implants have been inserted per jaw (hence the name, ‘All on Four dental implants in Houston’), the surgery will be brought to a close and you will be left to recover from the anesthesia. The prosthodontist will then affix a customized prosthetic dental bridge to the four abutments of the implants. This bridge (see image below) has been fabricated in an on-site laboratory from molds that were previously taken of your mouth. Once it has been attached to your All on Four dental implants in Houston and you are happy with the fit and feel of your new teeth, you will be free to return home!

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FAQ # 5: How long should I take off from work?

Answer: All on Four dental implants in Houston do not incur a lengthy recovery period at all. In fact, most patients return to work the very next day after having their new teeth placed! The majority of Dr. Brueggen’s patients don’t even require pain medication. If you are concerned about being able to cope, then it is advisable that you take one day off from work to allow your body rest. However, this is entirely up to the individual.

All on Four Dental Implants in Houston: Stay Tuned!

For more frequently asked questions on All on Four dental implants in Houston, stay tuned for the third installment of this four-part article series, courtesy of qualified and experienced implant dentist, Dr. Wayne Brueggen.


 
This article, part 3 of 3, explores the advantages of oral rehabilitation with the All-on-4 protocol over traditional teeth replacement technology; removable dentures.
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In our previous two article posts on All on Four dental implants, we took a look at the key advantages of this revolutionary teeth replacement protocol over traditional removable dentures or false teeth. These included greater bite functionality, patient comfort, smile aesthetics (both short and long term) and the preservation of good jaw bone health. In this, the final installment of a three-part series on the benefits of All on Four dental implants, we shall take a look at the cost differences between this breakthrough technology and older, more traditional method for teeth replacement.

All on Four Dental Implants: Smart Long-term Investment

In order to fully appreciate what a smart investment All on Four dental implants are, one needs to take a step back and evaluate the greater picture. All on Four dental implants provide patients with a long term teeth replacement solution that is fixed, non-removable, entirely comfortable and immediately functional. All on Four dental implants enable patients to eat all the foods they love without worrying or feeling self-conscious and they never need to be removed for cleaning. In fact, this revolutionary teeth replacement technology doesn’t come with any of the challenges and repeated costs associated with removable dentures.

This is where one needs to appreciate the difference between the initial price tag for All on Four dental implants and dentures. While the former may represent a greater investment, it is one that will benefit patients for decades (up to 30 years if cared for properly) without the need for future restorations and expenses. All on Four dental implants, in other words, constitute a one-time investment with a one-time solution to rampant tooth loss and edentulism (not having any of your original adult teeth left)!

All on Four Dental Implants versus Removable Dentures

Removable dentures, unlike All on Four dental implants, go hand-in-hand with several repeat expenses. These include:Adhesives: Dental adhesives are required to prevent removable dentures from slipping and shifting around.
  • Anesthetic Gels: Because dentures rely entirely upon the gums for support, they can cause pain, irritation, inflammation and the development of sores that aren’t given a chance to heal. Anesthetic gels are necessary to make dentures more tolerable for their wearers.
  • Cleaning Products and Storage: Dentures harbor food and bacteria. They require cleaning after meals and at nighttime, which requires a constant investment in specialized denture products. Hygienic containers for nighttime storage are also a necessity.
  • Refitting: The greatest repeat expense incurred by removable dentures – one avoided entirely by All on Four dental implants – is the need for refitting as a result of bone loss in the jaw. The atrophy of bone tissue is a natural consequence of tooth loss and while All on Four dental implants help to prevent the deterioration of bone volume in the jaw, removable dentures do not. As this hard tissue wastes away, over time, dentures that once fit snugly, begin to slip more and more, until they are actually intolerable to wear. This necessitates expensive refitting every few years or so.

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All on Four Dental Implants: A Final Note

All on Four dental implants really do offer edentulous and near-edentulous patients a superior solution to all their oral problems. Dentures are associated with numerous challenges and repeated expenses that can quite markedly affect one’s quality of life and self-confidence. With All on Four dental implants being such a sophisticated teeth replacement solution, patients should think very hard before wasting time and money and resigning themselves to the pain, discomfort, social embarrassment and inconvenience associated with removable dentures.

 
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This article explains the differences between the cost of All on 4 dental implants and traditional tooth replacement techniques and how the former constitutes a far more worthwhile investment.

One of the primary concerns patients express when investigating dental implants as a solution to single, multiple and total tooth loss (a state referred to as edentulism), is cost. This especially applies to patients seeking a solution to rampant tooth loss and edentulism. Since a single dental implant can cost in the region of $4,000 it is no wonder that patients balk at the thought of replacing all of the teeth they have lost as a result of periodontal (gum) disease. Thankfully, All on Four dental implants offer all the benefits of a sophisticated and non-removable tooth replacement solution, but at a price tag that is as much as $45,000 lower than traditional dental implant protocols! With standard cases affording savings of around $25,000, there really is no reason to compromise on your quality of life by having archaic tooth replacement technology such as removable dentures and bridges fitted.

All on Four Dental Implants: Worth the Investment

The money you spend on undergoing the All on Four protocol constitutes an investment in your long term oral health and hygiene. Removable dentures come hand-in-hand with a whole host of challenges and expenses that can prove to be extremely socially and financially crippling. In the long term, denture wearers face the inevitable need for dental implants as a result of the loss of bone volume in the jaw; a consequence of tooth loss gone untreated. At some stage no amount of refitting can prevent dentures from slipping and causing acute discomfort. So, if you are edentulous or facing an immediate future of edentulism, then why not make this important investment in your long term oral health and quality of life?

In these situations, some perspective always helps: if you were in the market for a car, you wouldn’t expect to pay a paltry amount for a high performance vehicle; one that looks, works and feels superior to any other model you’d ever test driven. The same applies to dental technology. While the All on Four constitutes a greater initial investment than other more conventional techniques, such as removable dentures and bridges, it also affords massive savings over traditional dental implant protocols. And the benefits and advantages of the All on Four of course go without parallel! Now more than ever before, thanks to the All on Four technique, dental implants are becoming a solution that is accessible to people of all ages and walks of life.

All on Four Dental Implants: Key Benefits

The key benefits afforded by All on Four dental implants include:
  • A brand new set of non-removable teeth, almost always with a single surgery, in a single day.
  • Instant smile aesthetics and comfort.
  • Immediate functionality.
  • No more messy adhesives, anesthetic gels or cleaning products for removable dentures.
  • No more self-consciousness when you eat or speak; the All on Four is permanently affixed in the mouth and so it cannot shift around or fall out.
  • No need for expensive refitting every few years or so.
  • The All on Four is a comprehensive and long term solution to rampant tooth loss and edentulism.


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This article explains how it’s possible for patients to go from not having a single original tooth left to having a full set of permanent, immediately functional and aesthetic teeth in as little as a single day.

You could be excused for thinking that the possibility of receiving a new set of permanent teeth in a single day is the stuff of science fiction. You can just imagine Tom Cruise (pre-couch-jumping incident on Oprah) clad in a space suit receiving a new flashy set of pearly whites from some complex robotic arm after a particularly rowdy brawl caused one or more of his teeth to go flying into the vacuum of space. But the technology has arrived and now, the possibility of new teeth in one day has gone from being the fantasy of the edentulous denture-wearer to the reality of tens of thousands. And this is all thanks to the placement protocol and products behind All on Four dental implants!

What Are All on Four Dental Implants?

All on Four dental implants offer edentulous (not having a single original adult tooth left) and near-edentulous patients a permanent tooth replacement solution. By placing only four dental implants in the upper and/or lower jaw, skilled and experienced dentists can affix a customized non-removable prosthetic dental bridge that looks, feels and functions like a full set of natural teeth. Unlike removable dentures, All on Four dental implants do not need to be taken out after meals and at nighttime for cleaning; they cannot shift around or fall out and they cause no damage or discomfort to the surrounding soft tissue. Most importantly, however, All on Four dental implants help to promote the health and vitality of the underlying jaw bone tissue, which would otherwise atrophy and waste away. This loss of bone volume in the jaw is responsible for that aged and sunken appearance we typically associate with the elderly and denture-wearers.

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All on Four Dental Implants: Making New Teeth in a Day Possible

Ironically, it is the loss of bone volume that inhibits patients from receiving dental implants using traditional placement protocol. Frequently, bone grafting surgery is required in order to augment and encourage the growth of new and healthy bone tissue before dental implants can be considered a viable tooth replacement option. But with All on Four dental implants, the need for lengthy, painful and expensive bone grafting surgery can almost always be avoided! So, through the ingenious design behind this breakthrough placement protocol, skilled and experienced dentists are able to place the All on Four dental implants and the customized prosthetic dental bridge in a single surgery. This eliminates the months (frequently up to a year and a half) required for the jaw to heal before implants can be placed as well as the expenses and inconveniences associated with multiple consultations, surgeries and time off from work.

A Final Note on All on Four Dental Implants

Not only do All on Four dental implants offer an immediately functional, aesthetic and comfortable solution to multiple and total tooth loss, but they also facilitate a road to oral rehabilitation that takes a single surgery – not multiple, as is the case with traditional dental implant protocol - and a single day, rather than months and even years.

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This article draws comparisons between that traditional teeth replacement solution, removable dentures, and the vastly improved ‘All-on-Four’ dental implant technique.

If you are looking at an imminent future of edentulism (or ‘toothlessness’), then perhaps you have become acquainted with that extraordinary feat of modern dental science; All on Four dental implants. Innovated by European implantologist Dr. Paulo Malo, All on Four dental implants are taking the world by storm with their ability to give patients suffering from tooth loss and edentulism brand new teeth in as little as a single day! Yes, you read this right: new teeth in a single day. Thanks to All on Four dental implants, removable dentures or ‘false teeth’ have become one of those antiquities of medical science that, once essential, have largely become obsolete. So, if you were dreading the day that you would have to get the last of your failing teeth extracted and your own false teeth fitted, then fear not. If you enjoyed having permanent teeth once-upon-a-time, then All on Four dental implants offer incredible solutions that could only be believed in a fairy tale story!

All on Four Dental Implants: What They Are; How They Work

All on Four dental implants consist of the permanent affixing of a fully customized prosthetic dental bridge to – as the name suggests – four dental implants in the mouth. The dental bridge is essentially a rigid titanium frame structure that supports a full set of artificial ceramic teeth that are fabricated to be virtually indistinguishable from natural healthy teeth. While the concept of a bridge may sound very similar to that of removable dentures or false teeth, we can assure you right here and right now that they are not! First of all, the prosthetic bridge that is affixed to the All on Four dental implants is not removable and so, just like your once-healthy teeth, you take them with you everywhere:
  • No removal at nighttime and after meals,
  • They are cleaned just like normal teeth with regular brushing and flossing
  • They do not shift around and cannot fall out
The real secret behind the success of All on Four dental implants is the precise positioning and careful angulation of the dental implants in regions of the mouth that naturally contain a greater volume of more atrophy-resistant bone tissue. This enables even those patients that present with advanced periodontal (gum) disease and a deplorable standard of oral health to get a second chance at beautiful a much better quality of life with a teeth replacement solution that is highly safe and successful.

All on Four Dental Implants: A Final Note

In spite of the incredible solutions afforded by All on Four dental implants, there are still millions of people that wear removable dentures and continue to have them fitted! One can only guess that dental science is undergoing an important transition, but in any case ‘false teeth’ - as they are colloquially known – are still around in spite of there being far more advanced and advantageous dental implant techniques such as All on Four dental implants.

 

 
This article describes the revolutionary technique making it possible for patients of all ages and presenting with all stages of periodontal disease to receive new and beautiful teeth in a single dental appointment.

All on Four Dental Implants: Introduction

All on Four dental implants offer the comprehensive oral rehabilitation solution to patients suffering from tooth loss and who are looking at a future of edentulism (not having any teeth). This ingenious tooth replacement technique was designed by European Implantologist Dr. Paulo Malo and essentially enables dental implantologist to replace a patient’s entire mouth of missing or failing teeth using only four dental implants (hence the name of the technique) and a fixed (non-removable) and fully customized prosthetic dental bridge. While the All on Four dental implants procedure may sound incredibly simplistic, the advantages it has over traditional tooth replacement and implant techniques has awarded it with ‘breakthrough’ status in the medical fields of dental implantology and oral rehabilitation!

All on Four Dental Implants: Battling Periodontal Disease

In spite of our incredibly advanced technology, medical treatments and the widespread availability and variety of oral hygiene products, more than 26% of Americans will enter into their late adulthood without any of their original adult teeth. This is according to statistics released by the Center for Disease Control, who also claims that approximately 100 million people in the United States are missing between 11 and 15 of their permanent teeth and will eventually require complete oral rehabilitation by the age of 65! So, what is the culprit behind this pervasive problem of tooth loss and the millions of candidates for All on Four dental implants?

Periodontal disease is characterized by a chronic and acute bacterial infection of the soft tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth, in other words, your gums. Poor lifelong oral hygiene, smoking, excessive drinking, drug abuse, serious illness (cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes) and even genetics can cause you to become especially vulnerable to periodontal disease. So pervasive is this oral affliction that an estimated 80% of Americans suffer from some form and stage of it! The problem with periodontal disease is that its symptoms can be as innocuous as mild inflammation of the gums with no pain or discomfort. It is for this reason that patients seldom seek treatment from an oral surgeon; however, if left alone, periodontal disease can become acute and result in bone loss in the jaw, tooth decay, gum deterioration and tooth loss!

The Great Paradox Entirely Avoided by All on Four Dental Implants

It is here that a great paradox emerges: The people who suffer from advanced periodontal disease and tooth loss are the ones who most need to receive dental implants! However, the loss of bone tissue due to bacterial infection means that their jaws just won’t be able to support dental implants using traditional techniques. This is where the incredible advantages of the All on Four dental implants step in. Patients who have previously been told that they are not dental implant candidates are often able to receive a complete set of beautiful new teeth in as little as a single dental appointment! The All on Four dental implant technique has revolutionized the field of implantology and it is making complete oral rehabilitation possible to people of all ages and stages of periodontal disease and tooth loss!