Am I a Candidate for Implants? Huntington Beach, CA
The All-on-4® Treatment Concept is a procedure in which whole dental arches can be replaced with only 4 dental implants. The All-on-4 treatment is a cost-effective treatment that involves less recovery time after surgery. Surf City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery can accommodate your All-on-4 treatment, since almost anyone can receive the treatment.
Do I Qualify?
People of any age can have the All-on-4 treatment. The All-on-4 treatment can be fitted on adolescents - who might have had a mouth injury - or to the elderly - who may have lost their teeth due to decay. The All-on-4 treatment concept can accommodate any oral cavity as long as the patient meets specific healthy requirements. All-on-4 is aimed at those who have either lost all of their teeth, or almost all of their teeth. If there are any oral complications present, they will need to be resolved before the All-on-4 treatment can take place. Any impacted teeth left must be removed before the procedure. The most important part of the All-on-4 process is the healing time. Once a patient has the dental implants placed in their jaw, the bone must grow around the implant in order to strengthen its position and to allow the synthetic teeth to be placed. In a healthy individual, this is not an issue, and the healing process will take place over several months. However, for those who are suffering from a chronic illness, such as diabetes or arthritis, the healing process will be much slower, which could possibly make the process unachievable. If the patient’s condition improves, it can be possible to have the All-on-4 treatment.
Bone loss is a complex issue when it comes to the All-on-4 treatment concept. Some patients who have experienced bone loss can still have All-on-4, as the implants are placed specifically to maximize the use of jawbone density. There will be instances where our oral surgeons investigate the oral cavity and conclude that the amount of jawbone available still is not enough. The most common cause for this prognosis is periodontitis, a serious form of gum disease in which bone loss is experienced. The All-on-4 treatment is still possible, but it will need to be delayed up to a year while the patient has their periodontitis treated and then has a bone graft to increase their bone density. When a patient suffers from periodontitis, it is best to have a consultation appointment with one of our oral surgeons so they can accurately determine whether the All-on-4® Treatment Concept is possible. All-on-4 treatment will not always be an option, but our team will be as accommodating as possible. Other treatment options will be available. Surf City Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery wants you to understand the benefits of dental implants and that almost everyone is a candidate for the All-on-4® Treatment Concept, provided you are looking for a new set of high-quality, natural feeling teeth, and you are a healthy individual. Call us now at 657-384-2787 to book your appointment.
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