Countless people have seen their All-on-4® dental implants help restore the smiles that they once enjoyed. If you’ve been plagued by missing teeth, then the All-on-4 procedure might just be what you’ve been searching for to restore you to good oral health. Yet as is the case with any surgical procedure, the seeds to success are sown during the pre-operative period. Your active participation in this process will be vital.
Your Pre-Op Assessment
First comes a comprehensive evaluation not just to determine the state of your oral health, but your overall health in general. Your surgeon will ask you certain questions specific to your lifestyle, such as:
• Do you smoke?
• What sort of diet do you follow?
• Are you currently taking any medications?
• How often did you brush or floss prior to your tooth loss?
It’s important to remember that the purpose of these questions is not to embarrass or ridicule you, but rather because certain lifestyle choices that you make can impact both the short- and long-term success of your procedure. Be open and honest with your answers, as they will be used to determine your candidacy for the surgery.
Imaging Studies and Implant Preparation
Next, you’ll be asked to undergo a CT scan that will record images of your oral cavity. This allows your surgeon to determine the current density and volume of your jaw bone by assessing the extent of bone loss that you have suffered.
Finally, pictures and an impression are taken of the gum line of both your upper and lower dental arches. These will be used to create the permanent set of teeth that you use once the titanium implants have fused with the bone in your jaw.
Immediately Prior to Your Procedure
Your surgeon may ask you to abstain from food or drink for 24 hours prior to your procedure. Ask a family member or friend to accompany you, as you may be asked to have someone else drive you home once the surgery is completed.
Are you ready to bring your smile out of hiding and proudly show it to the world again? Come and join the countless number of patients who we’ve helped through All-on-4 dental implants. To see if you qualify for this procedure, call and schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons today.