The Complete All On Four Implants Procedure: Your Initial Consultation, PART 1
The Complete All On Four Implants Procedure:Your Initial Consultation, PART 1This three-part article series provides a detailed description of the procedure patientsundergo when they have new teeth placed with the All On 4 dental implant protocol.All On Four implants, also known as the “All on 4”, have been described as the standard ofcare for Houston patients who have a failing dentition or who have already lost most or allof their original adult teeth. Periodontal (gum) disease is a prevalent problem in the UnitedStates and one that claims the lives of literally millions of teeth every year. Removablepartial and full dentures have long been the solution to edentulism (the state of not havingany teeth left) and near-edentulism. Thankfully, however, the All on Four offers patients afar more sophisticated, comprehensive and long-term solution to their oral problemswithout any of the daily challenges and repeat expenses!So, what are All on Four implants and what can patients expect on their journey fromtoothless to toothy? In this three-part article series, we shall provide a detailed explanationof the procedure patients undergo when they have new teeth placed with the All on Fourdental implant protocol. We’ll begin with your initial consultation in Part 1, followed by thesurgery itself in Part 2 and finally post-operative care and healing in Part 3.All on Four Implant Procedure, Step # 1: Your Initial ConsultationThe first step of your journey to getting new, beautiful and non-removable teeth beginswith your first consultation with a Houston dentures or dental implant specialist. You’llmeet with the specialist first so that he or she can perform a thorough assessment of youroral problems and use this assessment to create a treatment plan that is customized toaddress your very specific and unique needs. During your initial consultation, you canexpect the following: You’ll sit down with the specialist and discuss your problems in detail. You canrelate your history of tooth loss and what it is you hope to achieve by undergoingthis procedure.
You will provide your surgeon with a detailed medical history so that provision canbe made for any potentially complicating medical conditions, such as diabetes,periodontal disease or blood clotting disorders. Your specialist will perform a thorough clinical oral examination of your teeth andgums. He or she will be looking for signs of disease that will need to be treatedbefore you get your new teeth placed. Jawbone volume will also be noted. You will have Cone Beam CT scans (3-D X-ray) taken of your jaw so that yourspecialist can view its structure and volume, as well as the orientation of anyremaining dentition from an uncompromised perspective. The All on Four implantsspecialist will use these images together with sophisticated computer imagingsoftware to generate a surgical treatment plan for you. Molds will be taken of your mouth so that the prosthodontist or implant dentist cancustom fabricate a new set of teeth for you. Last but not least, you will have the chance to discuss any of your fears or concernswith the Houston dentures specialist, no matter how big or small; warranted orunwarranted. If you would like to be sedated before your surgery, mention this tothe specialist and he or she will provide you with mild oral sedative medication tohelp calm your nerves. It will also be explained what it is you need to do to prepareyourself for surgery. A date for the procedure will be set!Stay Tuned for Part 2After your initial consultation, you’ll return home to wait out the days or possibly weeksbefore you return to the All On Four Implants Center to have your new teeth placed! Staytuned for Part 2 to find out what this procedure entails.