All On 4 Dental Implants can be removed or replaced if necessary but this is generally a rare occurrence.
Infection and/or implant failure would necessitate the removal and replacement of the existing implant and bone grafting would typically be recommended to rebuild the structural support for a new implant.
Keep in mind that All On 4 Dental Implants are meant to be a permanent solution and are removed once per year by your prosthodontist to clean and access your oral hygiene. This means it is very important that you use your Water Pic daily to flush food debris from under your prosthesis to prevent gum infection.
If you are considering All On 4 Dental Implants or have existing complications, it is important to discuss these issues with a Board Certified Prosthodontist so you can make an informed decision regarding your treatment.
All On 4 Dental Implants can be used for both upper and lower jaws. The bone on the upper jaw is not quite as dense and hard as it is on the lower and sometimes it is recommended to have 5 implants instead of 4 for added support.
The reported success rates of the All On 4 Dental Implant procedure in some studies is as high as 98% over 10 years.This high rate of success is due to the inherently stable design of the supporting implants and full arch prosthesis.
The All On 4 Dental Implants system is designed to support a full arch of teeth with two implants in the front and two in the back of your jaw. This arrangement is stable like the four legs of a table. Chewing forces are evenly distributed across the implants which can reduce the risk of implant failure.
It is important to recognize the the long term success of All On 4 Dental Implants depends on one’s overall health, quality and quantity of supporting jawbone and a daily habit of effective oral hygiene. Patient’s who smoke are at greater risk of implant failure
If you are considering All On 4 Dental Implants please discuss with your Board Certified Prosthodontist if this procedure is right for you.
As with any surgical procedure, All On 4 Dental Implants patients may experience some discomfort or pain during and after the procedure. However, conscious sedation is recommended to provide a safe and effective pain free surgical experience.
Generally, post operative pain is considered mild and can be managed by oral medications.
Keep in mind that every patient’s pain tolerance is different and some may experience more discomfort that others. If you have concerns regarding pain or discomfort associated with the All On 4 Dental Implants procedure your Board Certified Prosthodontist will have the answers.