What You Need to Know About Dentures
When you loose your teeth or they begin to fail, an option may be complete or partial dentures. A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. There are two types of dentures that we offer at Total Freedom, complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are given when all the teeth are missing. Partial dentures are used when some of the teeth are missing. Dentures can be a nice alternative to dental implants because they do not cost as much.
Many patients who are interested in Scottsdale dentures because they are not a candidate for dental implants ask if dentures are safe, do they hurt and how do you eat with them. Dentures are very beneficial if you are suffering from missing teeth. They are a great option to get your smile back and regain confidence!
What are dentures?
Dentures are prosthetic devices that are placed in your mouth and are used to replace the teeth. The devices help by replacing missing teeth or the entire set of your teeth, depending on your situation. Our experienced denturist specializes only in dentures and will ensure that the dentures fit perfectly for you. He will make a series of impressions of your jaw and take measurements. He will create a model for you to try and ensure the exact shape and position of the denture is made. Once that is confirmed, he will case a final denture. Then, he will adjust when necessary.
There’s little discomfort involved, and you will leave our dental office looking different to yourself, in a positive and good way!
Benefits of dentures
Dentures restore your smile! You will no longer have to be worried about how your mouth looks when you leave your Scottsdale home. Dentures come with a multitude of benefits for people who suffer from damaged or broken teeth. With missing teeth, your mouth’s functionality is sure to decrease. By opting for dentures, you will be able to bring this back as you will be able to chew and speak better. No more worrying about spit falling through your missing teeth or having to chew from only one side because your missing teeth do not allow you to chew anything from the other side.
Support for facial features
Your facial features need your teeth’s support to uphold and maintain themselves. With missing teeth, this causes your facial features to sag. The features around your mouth, especially your cheeks can sag. Dentures can ensure this does not happen! With dentures in place, you will be able to make sure that your facial features get all the support they need.
Many of our patients are self-conscious about their smile because of missing teeth. They are tired of worrying about their appearance because of missing or broken teeth. With dentures and dental implants, you no longer must worry about that. Dentures immediately boost a person’s confidence as they can feel better about themselves and live their life to the fullest rather than fearing people seeing their missing teeth. It helps you smile better and gets you doing things that you previously thought you could not!
Easy cleaning allows for better oral health
Dentures also allow you to clean them and your mouth easily. Just like natural teeth, you will have to brush them at least twice a day to make sure that they are clean. Dentures offer you more than a complete set of teeth. As soon as you get them, you will feel like a different person in the best way possible. They help you with your everyday functions such as eating and speaking, while also making sure you feel your best.
Same Day Emergency Denture Repairs in Scottsdale Arizona
At Total Freedom, we understand that a fractured, cracked or chipped denture can cause great pain and turmoil. You may have to stop all activity and work. You will not be able to smile, eat or speak normally. A broken denture can also affect your self-confidence. Which is why we have an experienced and trusted denturist in our office. We now offer same day emergency denture repairs to get you functioning and smiling again. We are also able to offer a quick turnaround time on other denture issues such as adjustment or relines. Our goal is to get your denture restored without interrupting your life.
Having a denturists’ expertise and professionalism as part of our team at Total Freedom Dental Implants make us the best possible choice when it comes to addressing your teeth replacement needs. If implants are not quite right for you now and you want a new or replacement denture or partial, you won’t go wrong selecting Total Freedom Dental.
Why Choose Total Freedom Dental Implants Over Other Scottsdale Implant Providers
Dental implants have become a powerful solution for so many because implants boost confidence and improve your quality of life. With more confidence, men and women of all ages find it easier to pursue their goals and feel comfortable in social settings. With a functional set of teeth, you can eat with ease and your risk for cardiovascular disease is reduced.
If you are ready to make a positive change in your life with dental implants, your next option is to decide what dentist will provide your implants and complete the procedure. This article shares the important factors you should consider when choosing a dentist for dental implants and how Total Freedom Dental Implants has set the standard high in Arizona for providing world class experience for all their patients.
EXPERIENCED PERIODONTIST: Dr. Kaiser has been placing implants for 30 years.
It is often confusing for patients to determine who should be providing their dental treatment when it involves surgical procedures. It is important remember that with any surgical procedure there are inherent risks, and you should be in experienced hands when getting dental implants.
Dr. Kaiser is the most respected dental implant specialist in Scottsdale Arizona. He built his career as a dentist passionate about helping patients renew their smiles. With over 30 years specializing in dental implant solutions, he always recommends the best and safest method for dental implant treatments. When you see advertising that states your implants will be placed by a specialist, you should check to see if their specialty field is dental implants. Most of the time, it is not.
Patients should also understand that there is a significant difference between residency trained surgical specialists and dentists without any post-graduate surgical residency training. It is the extensive amount of training and experience of the surgical specialists that enables them to diagnose and manage potential complications that can occur.
Dr. Kaiser is a residency trained, board-eligible periodontist. He is from Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He attended college in his hometown, graduating from Southeast Missouri State University. He received his dental and periodontal specialty training from the University of Missouri and subsequently moved to Scottsdale in 1978.
He began his specialty practice limited to periodontics and surgical implant dentistry in 1978 when he placed his first dental implant and has placed several thousand since. Dr. Kaiser is particularly proud of the fact that while his daily practice, for over 30 years, has included periodontal, dental implant, and dental alveolar surgery he has never had a single complaint filed with the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners.
Dr. Kaiser cares about his patients and is committed to providing expert care and perfect smiles for all his patients!
“I wasn’t just another case at Total Freedom, they treated me like royalty and really got to know me and what I wanted. They turned a frightening procedure into the makeover of a lifetime!”
HONEST RECOMMENDATIONS: Your health and goals are our #1 priority.
Total Freedom is about setting you free and giving you new confidence to enjoy, laugh, and lead the happy life you deserve. Your happiness AND health are our number one priority. We will only do what is best for our patients. Our focus is not meeting a corporate business goal, but instead we focus on retaining teeth and will do all we can to prevent you from losing teeth.
With some implant centers, patients are left wondering if the solution they are presented with is the best one for them. We pride ourselves in offering choices to meet our patient’s individual goals, if the request does not conflict with sound dental principles and advice. We are not here to sell to you. We are here to give you the smile and confidence you deserve. We will take conservative route to your dental care and layout a unique treatment plan.
At Total Freedom Dental Implant Center, we also pride ourselves in offering our patients the best choices in Scottsdale Arizona. Choices that are tailored to their needs and in their best interest. For example, when a patient presents without any teeth the choice is clear, dental implants will always be the best solution. However, when teeth are present there is not always a clear choice. Often a full set of dental implants will not be in the patients’ best interest. When teeth can be predictably maintained simply replacing those missing with one or more implants will usually result in the most natural, lifelike result possible. So, whether or not you need a single implant, a complete set or even if implants are not needed, you will receive expert care at Total Freedom Dental Implant Center.
“I went to Total Freedom for a second opinion and I am so happy I did! They offered an alternative treatment plan that saved me a lot of money in the long run.”
TECHNOLOGY AND CHOICES: We do not outsource any of our work.
At Total Freedom, we don’t hand off our patients’ case with outsourcing any work. Other implant centers outsource their design and milling. We are the industry leader in technology becoming the country’s first fully digital dental implant center. We have invested in the design software, the five access milling machines so that we can actually manufacture a world class product, completely in-house. Our master technicians utilize this state-of-the-art technology to produce to deliver superior results. Many businesses use technology to improve quality so they can charge more, at Total Freedom Dental we use our technology so we can charge less.
Our in-house lab also allows us to give our patients more choices. Because we control the milling and design, we are not limited to the standard materials such as titanium, denture acrylic and denture teeth. We can offer newer metal free materials such as PMMA. PMMA is polymethyl methacrylate which is used to fabricate dental restorations such as implants. Its qualities of biocompatibility, reliability, relative ease of manipulation, and low toxicity were soon seized upon and incorporated by many different medical specialties including dentistry. PMMA is also successfully being used for bone cements; contact and intraocular lens; screw fixation in bone; (filler for bone cavities and skull defects; and vertebrae stabilization in osteoporotic patients. We can manufacture using zirconia with porcelain inserts for the best combination of esthetic and strength in a prosthetic designed to last a lifetime. Our implants are designed to last a lifetime and we help make sure you know how to take care of them to get the most out of your investment.
“I am extremely happy with the results of this journey and want to give my greatest thanks to everyone at Total Freedom Dental. It was a big decision and I have no regrets. You gave me the smile I never thought I could have!”
COMFORT AND CONFIDENCE: We are dedicated to bringing joy to our patients
Total Freedom Dental Implant Center is here for you. We are passionate about giving everyone the opportunity to have a perfect smile. We offer a worry-free experience and will gain your trust by showing you respect. We offer a friendly, relaxed environment all under one roof. You can have all services performed right here in our Scottsdale office. There is no need to drive anywhere else for any part of the procedure. Your Total Freedom specialists are all under one roof.
When you meet with us for a consultation, we take the time to get to know you because by understanding your story, we can provide the best solution for you. We will do a thorough exam of your mouth so that we may provide a thorough explanation of your condition and lay out a unique treatment for your specific goals. You will leave our office knowing so much more about your health and dental options.
“Total Freedom is the best. They treat you with such kindness and respect. I never felt pressured and all my questions were always answered with a thorough and honest explanation. The office is also extremely comfortable.”
NO HIDDEN FEES: We provide a clear plan of your dental implant journey.
We are upfront about all our costs and do our best to provide everyone with the chance to have the smile they deserve. Many clinics across the Valley are now advertising the service of dental implants. These clinics are often franchise operations or owned by private corporations or an absent dentist. Their ads misrepresent the timeline for treatments and claim an extremely discounted price that does not include all the fees that will be charged. These claims are made for one reason, to distract the potential patient from the most important issue, an issue the clinic may prefer not to address, the experience of the dentist placing your implants.
“A local dental implant center gave me a treatment plan, but it seemed extremely low. I went to Total Freedom for a second opinion. They explained the entire process in detail and explained costs that were left out of the treatment plan. I called the local center, and admitted it was not the full treatment plan. I chose Total Freedom and I’m thankful that I was not stuck with unexpected costs and received excellent care from an experienced dentist.”
Total Freedom Dental Implant Center has been Arizona’s leading choice for dental implants for over 30 years. You can trust that here at Total Freedom you will be in the hands of an expert. Experience matters above all else. If you have any questions about dental implants and would like a FREE consultation, please call our office 480-860-9002.
Dental Implants Costs and Pricing
When you are losing teeth or faced with no teeth at all, it can be a scary thing, but you do have options. The most recommended remedy is dental implants. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry states that the number of people in America who have them exceeds 3 million, and the number of people who get them every year exceeds 500,000. Misinformation about their cost is abundant, but the following information will make things clearer.
What Are Dental Implants
These artificial teeth replace those that are missing. They are usually recommended when a tooth is lost as the result of an accident, or when one or more teeth have to be extracted. These replacements look very real, and they are surgically secured to the jaw with a titanium screw. Once implanted, they are permanently fused to the bone and making the structure secure enough to hold a ceramic crown. Many people would rather have this than any other treatment.
The majority of people are suited for this treatment, but if your bones aren’t healthy or they lack the height needed to provide adequate support, this procedure is not recommended. However, we will find a solution that will work for you. If you are a candidate for it, it is recommended that you have it done soon after losing your teeth to avoid loss of bone. Your dentist will discuss your best options.
Why Do People Like Implants So Much?
Sometimes people who have lost their teeth lose their confidence to smile. In addition to this problem, they may find it hard to talk and eat, and they may experience bone loss. Infections and other dental disorders may also occur. This procedure can correct these abnormalities better than dentures and bridges.
What Are the Benefits of Getting Them?
- They will last forever. Bridges only 5 to 7 years.
- They’re comfortable, and they feel as secure as your own teeth.
- They’ll be no damage or shifting during and after this procedure.
- You’ll brush and floss like they are your own.
- Compared to dentures and bridges, they have a more natural appearance.
Even though the procedure to get them is more detailed than it is for getting dentures and bridges, they are worth having. They excel in comfort, look and durability. People who have tried other types of treatment say this one dramatically enhances the quality of your life.
The Procedure Involves Multiple Steps
The steps to this type of care may not be the same for everyone. This explains why a flat price that’s advertised cannot always be expected. These are the procedures that will determine the cost of your treatment:
- There’s extraction that will have to be performed prior to the implant process. This step is required only if necessary.
- A bone graft may be needed. The condition your jawbone and gums are in will determine if you need this done. If your jawbone is thin, bone grafting may be needed prior to implantation.
- Surgical placement of the titanium implant is another step. Under local anesthesia, it will be implanted into the jawbone.
- Placement of a non-permanent crown or denture could be a step. If the patient wants to wear a crown or dentures while the titanium piece fuses to the jawbone, this step is included. Since your dentist will have to wait for you to heal before proceeding with the treatment, temporarily wearing a crown or dentures can help you eat and talk. Healing usually takes between two and six months.
- Placement of an abutment is the next step. After the bone in your jaw has healed, a part that fastens the implant to the crown will be set in place. Your gums will have to be opened up so that your dentist can get to the dental implant and connect it to the abutment.
- The last step is the placement of a permanent crown. This step will take place approximately 14 days after placement of the abutment as this is how long it will take for your gums to heal. While waiting for you to recover, impressions of the inside of your mouth will be taken, and a permanent crown will be made to match your natural smile.
Because the procedure done on one person can be different from the procedure done on someone else, the total price will also be different. Someone may need to have an extraction, or a non-permanent crown put in, but someone else may forgo these procedures because they don’t need to have them done. Many factors must be taken into account before the cost is determined, and certain steps will need to be taken for some, but not for others.
Note that the price of implantation, abutment and a crown is usually around $4,000. Remember that the price you’ll have to pay will be based on the steps that will need to be taken. It is important to get ask for all the fees and final cost during a consultation. Some dental offices will quote a price and then end up charging you hidden fees. At Total Freedom Dental Implants, we will explain your options and walk you through all of the fees. We are very transparent and always recommend what is in the patient’s best interest.
How Dental Implants Compare in Value to Bridges and Crowns
Although dental implantation can be more expensive than bridge and crown treatment can be, the lifelong cost of this more expensive treatment is usually less. Bridges and crowns have a lifespan of 5 to 7 years, and even if they are well taken care of, they will need to be replaced after a while. If you are young, you will find yourself replacing them more than once during your lifetime.
When you have a bridge, flossing correctly is a constant struggle, and this problem can lead to cavities. When this happens, more dental work, that could cost you more money, will be needed. Since grinding is involved when bridge and crown work is done, damage can lead to more work needed in the future.
With implantation, the jawbone is preserved, and cavities won’t be a problem. The cost of this procedure is an excellent investment that will leave you smiling.
Possible Ways to Pay
Although coverage for this treatment isn’t usually offered by many dental plan companies, and the majority of them have a yearly capped coverage amount, you may be provided with payment options. Ask your dentist what your payment options are when you are given an estimate of the payments you will have to make. Don’t forget that your investment will be for a lifetime solution.
We have many options that are designed to lower the total cost of your dental care and monthly payments. The plan we offer will reduce the price of the services, that are not covered by your dental insurance, by 20 to 40 percent. Our dental financing plans with low-interest rates to help you pay for the dental care you need.
Invest in dental implants for a natural-looking smile. After having it, you’ll feel comfortable and at ease with brushing and flossing. Don’t let other dental offices mislead you with their prices when we can give you a price we know you’ll be happy with.
Come to a Total Freedom Dental Implants and let us help you choose the best plan for your needs. Get in touch with us so we can schedule a free consultation.
Full-Arch Replacements: New Smiles in as little as 3 days
Full Arch Replacements
Depending on the state of your natural teeth, your orthodontist may have a number of options available to address a number of dental complications. If you’ve lost teeth over the years, even an entire row, dentures or dental implants may satisfy your needs. But for those looking to recapture a more natural smile, full-arch restoration may provide greater satisfaction in as little as 5 total hours over 3 visits. This is a relatively light and speedy procedure that can fit most budgets.
What is Full Arch Restoration?
When adult teeth become damaged or lost due to age or health, it’s understandable to want them replaced as quickly as possible. It’s a quality of life issue that is more than just a cosmetic remedy. That’s why teeth restoration is in such demand, and that’s made it possible to advance the technology in full-arch restoration.
Often referred to as implant supported dentures, full-arch replacements are the mid point between traditional dentures and dental implants. This means that the installation process is relatively quick and inexpensive. In most cases this is an outpatient procedure that can be done as little as 3 visits to the dentist.
Dentures and Implants:
It’s not uncommon for people to experience some form of discomfort and instability throughout their mouth when using traditional dentures. This can become inconvenient while going throughout your day, especially when eating.
Implants are seen as a superior option. These are fixed in place and aren’t subject to constant moving. But this is more suitable for replacing individual teeth, not an entire row. If implants are used to replace an entire arch, the cost can quickly add up and become an unrealistic option for most people.
By taking the concept of both replacing an entire row of teeth and better set installation, we can achieve better results. By implanting overdentures where a row of teeth used to be, costs can be reduced and greater effectiveness can be achieved. Giving a full bride to the jaw, for example, can be done with just four dental implants, cutting down on costs for the patient.
Why Choose Full-Arch Restoration?
Full Arch restoration is a cost-effective treatment for people who need to replace a full row of missing teeth. By using a small number of implants to support a new bridge, the process of replacing missing teeth becomes more affordable to all in need.
In addition to cutting down the cost of the overall procedure, it is more efficient. With just a few visits over 3 days, the installation can be completed. And due to the nature of fewer procedures, patients recover relatively quickly.
Want to heal faster?
Faster healing is possible due partly to how the procedure is done. Though there are four implants needed for the full arch to be installed, two reach back into the jaw for greater stability. This means there’s no need for an invasive bone graft in order to give people new teeth.
What to Expect From Your Surgery:
As with any implant procedure, patients are given anesthesia to better withstand the pain associated with installation of dental implants.
When the surgery is concluded it is normal to experience numbness and soreness in the jaw and surrounding areas.
For most people this can be remedied with mild painkillers, like those used to address headaches or migraines. If you are unsure which pain medications are safe for you to consume, please contact your doctor.
If necessary, your dentist will tell you of any prescriptions you should take to assist in your recovery after installation.
What are My Replacement Options?
There’s more than one kind of full arch replacement, and depending on the patient there are options to choose from.
- Ball Attachments: The ball attachment denture is done with just two ball attachments situated at the bottom jaw to hold the denture in place. This is more stable that typical dentures, but some movement can still occur. This means that it’s somewhat easy for food to find its way underneath, and trapped between the denture and gums can result in soreness and irritation. Patients will also need to meet with dentists regularly for adjustments.
- Bar Attachments: In the case of overdentures, they are attached with a bar attachment. This is done with four dental implants to the jaw. With retention clips, the bar is given more support. This gives overdentures greater stability without affecting quickly removal for regular cleaning.
- Hybrid Half-Dentures: Hybrid half-dentures are regarded as the most stable design option. Also known as the “screw retained denture,” this option uses five implants or more that are screwed in place. This is meant to be a permanent solution, allowing patients to clean their new teeth without having to remove them. In the even the denture is damaged and needs to be removed, it can only be done at a dentist’s office.
- Individual Implants: Individual dental implants can be an option for replacing teeth. Even an entire set of teeth can be replaced with individual implants. This offers great stability and a more natural smile. This option, however, can be very expensive and require several appointments to complete.
- Upper Jaw Dentures: As with replacements of lower replacements, upper arch replacements require implants to secure a denture. But due to softer bone, this option requires more implants than would be made at the jaw.
If you are missing a row of teeth, a full-arch replacement may be your best option to restore your smile, confidence, and resume regular life. Contact us in Scottsdale, AZ, not far from Fountain hills, or visit Total Freedom Dental Implants today to see if this is the best solution for you.
Oral Hygiene Affects Overall Health Not Just Teeth and Mouth
Oral Hygiene Is Important for More Than Just Your Teeth
We brush and floss our teeth to prevent cavities but many doctors believe that there is a strong correlation between oral disease and heart function.
The link between oral health and your heart is inflammation. Inflammation results in hardened arteries which makes it hard for blood to flow to your hard which puts you a higher risk for a heart attack or stroke. Inflammation also is the leading indicator for gum disease.
It’s common in all people for their mouth to have harmless bacteria, and saliva can instinctively fights off small amounts of harmful bacteria. However, studies show that the bacteria found in periodontal disease also is present in patients who suffer from strokes. It’s evident that lack of oral hygiene and lack of saliva and genetic disorders results in a significant number of harmful bacteria in the mouth that cause disease.
These detrimental microorganisms create plaque that develops on the teeth and in turn, infects the gums. Without the proper care and professional cleanings, your mouth can develop Gingivitis, and even a more serious gum infection, Periodontal Disease.
Once your gums are infected, the bacteria is able to enter the bloodstream, forming plaque and blood clotting. Blood clots usually restrict the flow of blood and lead to heart attack or stroke.
The mouth is the gateway to the body’s digestive and respiratory tracts, making it essential to maintain oral health and guard the gateway from harmful invaders.
6 Other Illnesses Linked to Oral Infections:
- Endocarditis – a disease of the inner lining of your heart valves and chambers, (the endocardium). This can occur when bacteria, fungi or other germs from a different part of your body, such as your mouth, and then travels through your bloodstream and attaches to areas in the heart that have been harmed.
- Cardiovascular Disease – a range of diseases that involves the heart or blood vessels. This can be caused by plaque buildup thickening and stiffening artery walls, often leading to heart attack or stroke.
- Pregnancy and Birth Complications – When your gums are inflamed it can can trigger a series of tissue-destructive events that pass into blood circulation and can cause premature birth and miscarriage.
- Pneumonia – Oral pathogens related to gum infection can increase the risk of developing or intensifying existing respiratory illness
- Memory Loss – When gums are infected gums bacteria is more likely to enter the bloodstream and travel to the brain which causes inflammation and production of toxic proteins that in return result in Alzheimer’s disease
- Weakened Immune System – It is no secret harmful bacteria in the gums worsens your immune system causing a severe imbalance in the gums’ microbial community. Weakened the immune systems leads to shortened life expectancy.
Poor Oral Hygiene Effects More than Just Our Mouth:
When infection in the gums develops to Advanced Periodontitis, the teeth usually become loose and then fall out. They can also cause intense pain which results in tooth extractions. When we lose our teeth, we are more susceptible to physical and psychological illness as well.
Tooth loss usually causes people to restrict themselves to a liquid or soft diet, leading to malnutrition, which can lead to greater risk of disease. Those that switch to a denture may lose appetite due to coverage of the palate, escalating nutrition problems.
Many who lose teeth begin to refrain from smiling and socializing because they are embarrassed and even ashamed. Smiling and socializing are integral to mental health, when you don’t smile or socialize for a long period of time you can become depressed and experience a negative impact on the brain.
Best Practices to Maintain Healthy Oral Hygiene:
Brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily is the best way to prevent the spread of bacteria and plaque in the mouth. Mouthwash also helps rinse out bacteria that may have been left over while brushing.
Visiting the dentist regularly (at least twice a year) allows a trained professional to evaluate the existing state of your oral health and clean any build-up that is hard to remove through simply brushing and flossing.
Treat Gum Diseases That is Already Present:
Gum disease in its early stages can sometimes be maintained using the solutions mentioned above. If gum disease progresses to an advanced stage (Advanced Periodontitis), however, the infection has likely already spread below the gum line and around the roots of the teeth. In these cases, surgical action may be necessary.
Those with Advanced Periodontal Disease have likely already lost teeth or are in progress of losing them. To remove the infection, an oral surgeon may need to extract the affected teeth and make an incision in the gums to access the underlying infection and eradicate it.
Patients who undergo this procedure may use a denture to replace extracted teeth, but the ideal solution is to have dental implants placed instead. This is because:
A denture permanently restricts its wearer to a soft diet, which can prevent them from ingesting needed ingredients from harder-to-chew foods.
The denture’s coverage of the palate can also cause a loss in appetite and further complicate nutrition problems.
Gaps between the denture and the gums leave room for food to become lodged and bacteria to accumulate
Dental Implants restore up to 85% of original bite allowing the recipient to eat normal food. They also act as the root of a tooth to reinforce the jawbone and maintain its integrity.
Call us today for more information about Scottsdale dental implants with Total Freedom Dental Implant Center.
All on 4 Dental Implants
All-On-4 Dental Implants
When you find out you need dental implants, the news can feel truly overwhelming at first. There are so many different kinds of implants and it is your big job to choose the best type of procedure to meet your health needs and appearance goals.
One of the most popular of the newer types of dental implants is a technique called “All on 4” implants. Sometimes written as simply all-on-4 or Ao4, this type of dental implant is a newer method of securing dentures in place.
The all-on-4 dental implant method uses a set of eight screws, eight implants and eight fake teeth. Why eight, you might be wondering? You need eight total since four will be used on top and four on the bottom. If you only need a denture on the top or on the bottom, you will only need four screws, implants and fake teeth.
Pretty neat, right? This way, you avoid the cost of having an implant for every tooth. You also get secure, comfortable, optimally fitted dentures you can really rely on.
So now let’s dig in and explore everything you need to know to be sure all on four dental implants are the right choice for your needs.
All on 4 Dental Implants: What Do They Cost?
Calculating the cost of your all on 4 dental implants is a little more complicated than it might first appear.
Reason being, you have options when it comes to the types of materials used in your procedure. Also, different dental insurance plans may choose to cover one material type and not another. For this reason, it is very important to talk with your insurer first before starting the research process.
All on 4 dental implants made with acrylic (composite) material.
The choice most people make is to have acrylic (often called simply “composite”) all-on-4 dental implants. This is because composite implants are the more affordable choice. They are also the option more dental insurance providers are more likely to cover.
The screws are usually titanium. All together, you can expect to pay between $20,000 and $30,000 for a full set of all-on-4 dental implants with acrylic materials.
This cost is just for the implants materials – it does not include the cost of visiting a dental specialist.
All on 4 dental implants made with porcelain material.
Porcelain is another type of material that is sometimes used to make all-on-4 dental implants. But the majority of patients don’t choose this material because it is much more expensive. For this reason, fewer dental insurers are willing to cover porcelain all-on-4 implants.
You can safely add on an additional $5,000 per set – so $10,000 if you are having both the upper and the lower dentures installed.
Porcelain is more realistic looking than acrylic/composite, but it is also more fragile. If your porcelain implant fractures or breaks, you can expect to spend around $15,000 to repair or replace it.
Because Ao4 (all-on-4) dental implants can make a big dent in your budget, you always want to ask about insurance options first.
If your dental insurance provider will not cover this procedure, ask your dentist if they provide any discounts for cash pay. Another option is to ask about dental financing. Some dentists will make financing options available to patients, either in-house or through a third-party financier.
Yet another possible choice is G4 implants, which are quite similar to Ao4 but may be cheaper. The cost reduction comes from how the G4 procedure is performed – typically it can all be done in one day.
All-On-4 Dental Implants: How Is the Procedure Done?
Just the word “implants” sometimes sounds scary. It is normal to feel anxious or even afraid of having dental implants put in. This is true even though dental implants are done more and more frequently today.
So let’s walk through a typical procedure just so you know what to expect. Your dentist may give you specific instructions for how to prepare as well.
1. You will receive numbing.
Your dentist will give you some local anesthetic at the treatment site(s). You may also be given general anesthetic. You can talk with your dentist about what is best for your needs.
2. Your dentist will prep your mouth and teeth for the surgery.
This part can vary depending on your needs and the state of your teeth and tissues. Your dentist may need to remove one or more weak or dead teeth or tissues that won’t be able to support your new ao4 implants.
Once your mouth is ready, you will receive your new titanium implant screws and implants. The typical placement is two near the front of your bite and two near the back. This way, you will have an even foundation to anchor your dentures in place.
After your new screws and implants have been placed, your dentist will suture up the implant sites. If you have had general anesthesia you will then be able to rest and wake up so you can go back home.
All-On-4 Dental Implants: What Is Recovery Like?
This is one of the most common questions new implant patients tend to have. What is recovery like? How long does it take to recover? Is there any pain?
The all-on-4 implants procedure has become very popular because it reduces the time you have to spend recovering. Also, once you have had your implants placed, they are permanent.
While you are recovering, your implants are literally fusing to your jawbone. This ensures long-term stability for your dentures.
So now let’s take a look at what the recovery process is typically like.
First 24 hours after your all-on-4 procedure.
You will wake up from anesthesia with some soft gauze packs covering each implant area. This is to keep the area safe and clean. You may see some bleeding, which is normal after sutures have been placed.
If you go home with gauze still in place, your dentist will probably ask you to change the pads every 45 minutes or so. You will be given specific instructions for how to do this.
It is important to follow your dental surgeon’s instructions for at-home surgical site care to the letter. Do not touch the surgical sites. If your dentist gives you pain medication or instructions for rinsing and flushing the area, be sure to follow these exactly. Medicated rinses are especially important to sanitize the surgical sites.
Salt water rinses can also help your tissues stay clean and sanitized and heal more quickly. Mix one TBSP salt with eight ounces warm (not hot) water. Gargle and then let the salt water flow out of your mouth (do not spit). Do this up to three times per day or as your dentist instructs.
Your dentist will probably ask you not to smoke for a period of time after your implants have been placed. This is to allow your tissues to heal more quickly.
After the first 24 hours of your Ao4 procedure.
You should make arrangements to rest as much as possible in the first several days after your all-on-4 dental implants procedure. The less you move about, the more your tissues will be able to easily knit together and begin to heal.
Especially avoid all of the following: strenuous exercise or activities, lifting heavy things, bending over.
Your dental surgeon may ask you to sleep in a special elevated position to help ease any swelling and avoid putting pressure on the surgical sites. This will also help ease any light-headedness from getting up too quickly.
It is also very important to take all prescribed medications, including anti-inflammatories, pain medications or antibiotics exactly as your dentist has prescribed them. If you have any questions, be sure to contact your dentist immediately.
You should follow a special diet of only soft warm foods until your dentist tells you otherwise.
All-On-4 Dental Implants: Are There Any Side Effects?
Sometimes no matter how careful you are after your procedure, you may experience some temporary side effects. In this section, learn what may occur and what to do.
Bleeding that won’t stop.
Recurring bleeding at or near the surgical sites can happen for a number of reasons. If you are biting down too hard on the soft gauze covering the incisions, this may cause bleeding.
If the gauze slips off and you bite down directly on the surgical site itself, this can also cause bleeding.
To minimize bleeding, sit upright, stay calm and quiet and use ice packs to reduce inflammation. Always place a towel between the ice pack and your jaw to avoid discomfort.
Call your dentist if the bleeding persists.
Mild swelling and inflammation.
Swelling and mild inflammation is a normal temporary side effect after any invasive (surgical) procedure. Usually the majority of swelling tends to wear off within three days after your implants procedure.
The sooner you start using an ice pack, the less severe your swelling is likely to be. Your dentist may also give you medication specifically to reduce inflammation.
Pain or discomfort.
Different people have different degrees of pain tolerance. However, most patients experience at least mild discomfort for a day or two after their Ao4 implants are placed.
Your dentist will give you pain medication instructions. Don’t wait to take your pain medication until you are in pain. A proactive approach is best to minimize discomfort.
You may feel hungry after the anesthetic wears off and you can go home to rest. Your dental surgeon may give you specific dietary restrictions for the first 24 to 36 hours or so after your procedure.
Choosing soft, bland foods will protect your surgical sites and also avoid any stomach upset. Some of your medications may need to be taken with food so be sure to follow the instructions your dentist gives you there.
Try to avoid any hot, cold or spicy foods and any very hard or sticky foods as these may cause discomfort.
Nausea and/or vomiting.
Sometimes anesthetic or other medications can cause people to feel nauseated or even to vomit. Usually this passes. Always call your dentist if it doesn’t pass quickly.
Discoloration or bruising.
If you see any discoloration or bruising (usually in blue, black, brown and/or yellow shades) at or near the surgical areas, this is pretty common. It indicates your tissues are beginning to heal.
Sometimes the bone left behind after teeth are removed can stick up above the gum line. If this is uncomfortable or concerning, talk with your dentist.
Dry or chapped lips.
Use chapstick or vaseline to moisten your lips as needed.
While you probably weren’t aware of it, your mouth was open for a long time during your implants procedure. This can cause a temporary sore throat. Try gently swishing with salt water or lemon water if it gets too uncomfortable.
Stiff or sore jaw muscles
Your jaw muscles had to remain open for a long time while your implants were placed. You may find your jaw feels stiff or sore because of this. Try a warm heating pad to ease any discomfort.
All-On-4 Dental Implants: Are There Any Complications?
While the all-on-four procedure is very common and safe today, there can sometimes be complications.
- Incision issues: Any invasive procedure can cause complications. The most common of these include infection, bleeding, scarring and failure to heal.
- Poor bone integration: Smoking after your procedure is one of the leading causes of poor bone integration, which can prevent the implant from securing to your existing jaw bone. Nutritional imbalance and weak bones can also play a part.
- Implant failure: If an implant fails, it is often due to periodontal disease.
Do You Need a Dental Vacation?
If you find that the high cost of local Ao4 dental implants doesn’t work with your budget, you may want to consider dental tourism. In this way, you can combine your procedure with a restful vacation and return looking and feeling your best. Scottsdale Arizona the location of our office is the perfect destination to enjoy the benefits of new teeth and a great get-a-away. Call us today for more information about Scottsdale dental implants with Total Freedom Dental Implant Center.