A smile can be so contagious that when anyone sees it, they instantly smile as well. Chances are you are reading this blog because you have lost confidence in your ‘killer smile’, and in searching need of tooth replacement. I assume that your research has led you to consider All-on-4 / One Day Smile dental implants. If you are not familiar with dental implants, the name ‘All-on-4’ might sound mysterious, but it refers to replacing the entire arch of teeth with just four dental implants. Before shopping around for the best deal to take advantage of this revolutionary treatment, you need to be sure it is what you are looking for and also conduct thorough research. Here is a list of the typical mistakes you ought to avoid with All-on-4 dental implants.
1.Know your options.
- Saving your teeth. Always a good option if possible.
- Single implants to replace missing teeth. You may not need an entire new arch of teeth and implants function very well as a single tooth replacement.
- Partial denture. Removable partial dentures have long been an alternative to replacing multiple missing teeth if you have some reliable well anchored teeth to attach the partial denture to.
- Full dentures. While I am not a fan of full dentures they should be discussed as an alternative.
Ask the right questions.
- Am I a candidate for IV sedation? This is a difficult surgery made easier with IV sedation. Make sure you are medically safe candidate.
- Do I have enough jawbone? There needs to be adequate height and width of bone to reliably place implants. A cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan will be critical in determining the quantity of bone.
- Do I have good quality jawbone? Some bone is denser than others. Dense (D1) bone is preferable when placing implants. Heavy smokers often have poor bone quality. Again a CBCT can be helpful in determining bone quality.
- What if I dont have the right amount of jawbone? There are ways around inadequate poor quality bone. Grafts, sinus lifts and Zygomatic implants may be options for you. Make sure your provider is well versed in these options.
- How many implants is right for me? On the lower jaw 4 is usually a good number. However on the upper jaw more is better. If there is sufficient jawbone 5,6 or more is better than 4. At our office we place as many as possible for no extra charge.
Choose the right materials.