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All on 4 Dental Implants in Salt Lake City, UT

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All on 4 Dental Implants

Missing teeth, or edentulism, is a common problem in the United States. Edentulism reduces the patient's quality of life and makes them feel self-conscious when eating, smiling, or talking.

All-on-4 dental implants is a tooth replacement option for those who are missing most or all of their teeth. The dental team at Legacy Dental will insert four implants into the top and/or bottom jaw: two in the back and two in the front. On the day of surgery, a full arch prosthesis will be fixed to the implants. Once attached, the prosthesis can only be removed by the dentist.

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Dental Implants

In order to understand the concept of All-on-4 dental implants, it's important to know exactly what a dental implant is.

A conventional dental implant is made up of 3 components:

Implant body: a titanium or zirconia screw that is implanted into the jawbone. The insert site will heal and the bone will fuse around the screw, ultimately creating a stable support for the crown. This takes 4 to 6 months 

Abutment: attached to the implant body so that the dental prosthesis can be attached- may be straight or angled 

Dental prosthesis: may be fixed or removable, depending on what the dentist recommends as best for your situation. With the All-on-4 implants, the prosthesis is fixed- only the dentist can remove it.  

Who is the All-on-4 Implant Treatment Suited For?

As a general rule, the All-on-4 treatment is suitable for patients with total tooth loss, especially if:

  • Their jawbone is thin/narrow 
  • Their maxillary sinuses and nerves are close to the jawbone 
  • They want an affordable alternative to conventional implants 
  • They want to receive immediate function of their new teeth (provisional prosthesis) 
  • They want a prosthesis that is permanently fixed  

If you are interested in the All-on-4 treatment for your tooth loss, talk to the professionals at Legacy Dental. We can help you determine what your best course of treatment is.

That being said, the all-on-4 dental implants are not suited for patients in the following cases:

  • Pregnant 
  • Heavy smokers 
  • Alcohol/drug abuse 
  • Under the age of 18 
  • Taking chemotherapy or radiotherapy 

Medical conditions such as:

  • Bleeding disorders 
  • Bone disorders 
  • Uncontrolled diabetes 
  • Immune suppressive disorders 

Average Cost of All-on-4 Dental Implants

The cost of All-on-4 dental implants ranges from around $15,000 to $28,000, with the average being around $21,000. This doesn't include additional charges, such as your initial consultation, x-rays, extractions, anesthesia, etc.

At Legacy Dental, we do accept several insurance plans, just speak with the office staff regarding your coverage. We also offer options such as CareCredit and we have a hassle-free dental membership plan that can help you with your dental costs.

Advantages & Disadvantages of All-on-4 Dental Implants

When you are considering your options for replacing your missing teeth, it's important that you weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each one. The advantages and disadvantages of the All-on-4 implant procedure are as follows:

Advantages

There are several advantages to this procedure:

  • Shorter treatment/recovery time 
  • Implants placed on same day of extraction 
  • Comfortable and stable support for crowns/bridges 
  • Fixed in place, no need to remove to clean 
  • Won't slip/fall out 
  • Suited for patients with jawbone loss 
  • Cheaper than other options which use 8 to 10 implants 

Disadvantages

Though this procedure does have a lot of advantages- there are also several disadvantages to consider as well:

  • Results not always as good as traditional implants 
  • Some people experience hissing/spitting when speaking 
  • Some dentists use it as a "shortcut" to replacing missing teeth 
  • Not fully customized 
  • A problem with one implant can cause complete failure 
  • Implant gum bridge may feel bulky

At Legacy Dental, we will work with you to determine the best tooth replacement option for your missing teeth. We want to make sure that you're completely satisfied with your choice.

Steps in All-on-4 Dental Implant Procedure

There are several steps in the All-on-4 Dental Implant procedure:

Pre-Op

Pre-op planning is critical to the success of this procedure. Therefore, the dentist will do the following:

  • Review medical history 
  • Examine your mouth 
  • Take x-rays 
  • Make impressions 
  • Create a treatment plan based on your needs/goals  

Anesthesia

This procedure is considered an oral surgery, so you will need anesthesia. You will have a few options:

  • Local anesthesia 
  • Conscious sedation 
  • General anesthesia  

If you have high anxiety, the dentist will likely recommend conscious sedation or even general anesthesia for your treatment.

Placement Surgery

There are 2 ways that the dentist will perform the placement surgery:

  • Conventional- with flap 
  • Guided surgery- without flap  

Healing Time

Once the implants are placed, your jawbone will grow and fuse around them. This process is known as osseointegration. Depending on the quality of your bone to start with, it may take 3 to 6 months to heal completely. Typically, you will receive what is known as a provisional prosthesis the day of the surgery. Then, once healing is complete, you will be given your final prosthesis.  

In some cases, the dentist will recommend delayed loading, which means you will not receive a provisional or final prosthesis until healing is complete.

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What Should You Expect After Surgery?

As you would expect, you will likely have some discomfort following the All-on-4 dental implant surgery. Therefore, your dentist will make sure that you have painkillers to keep the pain under control. You may also have some swelling and/or bruising of your gums and face, minor bleeding/pain at surgical site, and limited ability to open your mouth.

These are common following surgery and can be controlled with your prescription painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications. However, if they get worse, you'll need to get in as soon as possible to speak with the dentist at Legacy Dental so they can address the issue.

Aftercare Instructions Following All-on-4 Treatment

When you visit the dental team at Legacy Dental for your evaluation to consider All-on-4 treatment, you'll want to also discuss things such as the steps for the procedure, the type of anesthesia that will be used, and any post-op instructions you need to be aware of.

The post-op instructions are very similar to aftercare instructions for tooth extraction.

Day of Surgery

On the day of your surgery, be sure to do the following:

  • Take the prescribed anti-inflammatory and painkillers to keep the pain under control 
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush 
  • Avoid hot foods/beverages 
  • Don't rinse your mouth 
  • Don't spit 
  • Avoid taking aspirin 
  • Avoid exercise/lifting heavy objects 
  • Don't touch surgical site 
  • Apply cold compresses to face to reduce swelling 
  • Avoid smoking 
  • Eat soft, cool foods 
  • Avoid things like nuts, chips, and popcorn 
  • Avoid alcohol 
  • Ask someone to help get you home following surgery- you may not be able to drive  

After 24 Hours

After the first 24 hours, you can do the following:

  • Rinse with warm salt water or chlorhexidine mouthwash twice daily 
  • Continue to avoid exercise or lifting heavy objects 
  • Limit physical activity for 48 hours following surgery 
  • Avoid smoking 
  • Contact your dentist if you have questions/concerns  

By carefully following these post-op instructions, you'll speed up the healing process and reduce your risk of complications.

Potential Complications of All-on-4 Dental Implants

It is important to note that, though dental implants in general have a 95% success rate, there is always a risk of complications. Following are some of the potential complications of this procedure:

During Surgery

Potential complications during the surgery include:

  • Infection at surgical site 
  • Injury to nerve 
  • Injury to blood vessel 
  • Perforation of maxillary sinus 
  • Poor implant stability  

During Healing Period

In some cases, the implant does not integrate with your jawbone, which results in implant mobility and ultimately, implant failure. This could be due to a variety of issues, including poor stability during surgery, uncontrolled diabetes, poor oral hygiene, smoking, and other factors.

Long-Term Complications

Some patients develop destructive inflammation, with may affect the bone around the implants, resulting in bone loss. This is known as peri-implantitis and could be due to uncontrolled diabetes, poor oral hygiene, gum disease, bruxism, smoking, and other factors.

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Legacy Dental is located close to the Utah landmark - Natural History Museum.

You can check if we’re near to you and drive to our clinic from the Natural History Museum, Wheeler Historic Farm, Murray Park, Liberty Park.

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Tuesday: 8.00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday: 8.00am – 8:00pm
Thursday: 8.00am – 8:00pm
Friday: 8.00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 8.00am – 2:00pm
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