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The Difference Between All-on-4® Implants and Standard Dental Implants

Dental implants replace missing teeth you lost due to tooth decay, gum disease, injury, or other medical reasons. They consist of screws or posts that act as roots and are fused to the jawbone to hold in place a permanent or removable dental prosthesis, such as a crown, a bridge, or dentures. The final results work and look like natural teeth.

The success rate of dental implants is very high, about 95 percent, because they are made of titanium, a biocompatible metal that your body shouldn’t reject. They also stabilize the jawbone and prevent further bone loss. They are better than traditional dentures because they are low maintenance and do not decay or need to be replaced.

However, not all implants are the same. There are various types and many procedures for putting them in. It can be confusing trying to figure out which is the best kind for you. At Oral & Facial Surgeons of Arizona, we’ve already done the research for you and offer high-quality, titanium standard and All-on-4® implants.

Standard Dental Implants

Standard implants require multiple procedures for completion. The first step is to place the implant inside your jaw. After you go through a period of healing, your surgeon connects an abutment to the implant. This piece will attach to the prosthesis. More time must pass before the last stage is done to ensure the implant has fused to the bone. Finally, the teeth are attached to give you a full smile. This standard method is beneficial for those who need preparation and sufficient healing time.

All-on-4 Implants

All-on-4 implants differ from standard in you can have a full set of implant-supported teeth in a single office visit! If you qualify for this procedure, you will only need one visit to our Phoenix or Tempe office to have implant supported teeth. This incredible speed is possible due to their structure. Only four implants are needed to support a full dental bridge, so most of the time is cut out of the process. It is perfect for those of you who need immediate results or don’t have time to make multiple appointments.

Consult With Our Surgeons

If you need dental implants to complete your smile, call us today to set up a consultation with Dr. Michael Golding or Dr. J. Gregory Sabol. They will discuss your options with you and determine if any other procedures need to be done as well, such as bone grafting, to improve your oral health. Be sure to ask them if you’re a good candidate for All-on-4 implants.

If you suffer from any of the problems associated with the need for reconstructive surgery, the first step is to call our Phoenix or Tempe office and schedule a consultation with one of our experienced maxillofacial surgeons to determine if you would benefit from this operation. Our surgeons take the time to discuss your treatment options with you and work to find the right solution for you. We want you to look and feel your best, and we can help!