Dental Implants Chicago area
All-on-4® Immediate Implants
The All-on-4® Immediate Implant Procedure has revolutionized implants in dentistry over the past few years. It permits the replacement of an entire arch of teeth using 4 anchor implant fixtures. All-on-4® Immediate Implants are a minimally invasive and a cost effective treatment available for patients with all missing or heavily compromised teeth, or patients who have dentures. In addition, teeth can be replaced with implants on the same day.
If you have experienced any of the following symptoms, you may be a candidate for All-on-4® Immediate Implants:
- Missing more than 6 teeth in one arch
- Teeth are worn, broken, chipped, or cracked
- You have a collapsed bite
- Terminal gum disease (periodontal disease)
- History of acid reflux disease
- History of congenitally missing teeth
- History of trauma
- Looking to restore full function and aesthetics of teeth
Before the All-on-4 Immediate Implants® were available, patients would be subjected to one year of preparation before teeth could be replaced with implants. The process would begin by extracting all the teeth. During the six month healing process, the patients would wear dentures. Once the gums healed, the patients would most likely need to do a bone graft, which would then take another 6 months to heal. After about a year of preparing, the implants could finally be placed. Conventional implants would then sit under the gums and dentures for 6 months before they could be utilized.
Before 3D CAT scans were available, dentists had to attempt to recreate bone, graft more often, and do more invasive procedures due to the lack of information from dental imaging. Now, 3D CAT scans allow dentists to search for existing bone and place the implants accordingly. This process helps save the patient costs by reducing the number and length of procedures required to prepare the implant sites.