All on 4 Dentures
AO4 dentures refer to a specific type of implant-supported dentures designed to provide a stable and reliable solution for individuals missing multiple teeth or needing full-arch tooth replacement. The term "AO4" signifies the All-on-4 treatment concept.
Implant Placement: The "All-on-4" technique involves the placement of four dental implants per dental arch (upper or lower jaw). These implants are strategically positioned in areas of the jawbone with the highest bone density, allowing for greater stability and eliminating the need for bone grafting in most cases.
Support Structure: Once the implants are in place, a custom-made full-arch denture or bridge is attached securely to these implants. This fixed denture provides a stable and functional set of artificial teeth that closely resemble natural teeth.
Advantages: AO4 dentures offer several advantages. They restore both the appearance and functionality of your teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. The fixed nature of these dentures means they don't need to be removed for cleaning and provide a more natural feeling compared to traditional removable dentures.
Treatment Process: The process begins with a thorough assessment by Dr Kaushesh. X-rays and CT scans will be taken to determine the condition of your jawbone and plan the precise placement of the implants. The surgery to place the implants is typically done in one visit, and temporary dentures might be provided during the healing period.
Final Restoration: Once the implants have integrated with the bone (usually several months later), the final custom-made dentures are attached. Dr. Kaushesh will ensure they fit comfortably and function properly.
Maintenance: Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene are essential to maintain the health of your AO4 dentures and the supporting implants.
AO4 dentures can be life-changing for individuals seeking a more stable and permanent solution to replace missing teeth. They offer improved comfort, functionality, and aesthetics compared to traditional dentures, providing a renewed sense of confidence and well-being. If you're considering AO4 dentures, a detailed consultation with Dr Kaushesh will be the first step in determining if you're a candidate.
Here's a general overview of the AO4 process and the estimated timeline:
Consultation and Planning (1-2 Visits): The journey starts with an initial consultation where Dr Kaushesh assesses your oral health, takes X-rays, and discusses your treatment options. He'll determine if you're a suitable candidate for AO4 implants. In some cases, a second visit might be necessary for additional scans and impressions.
Implant Placement Surgery (1 Day): The next phase involves the surgical placement of four dental implants into the jawbone. This procedure is typically done under local anesthesia or sedation. The implants serve as anchors for the full-arch denture.
Healing and Osseointegration (3-6 Months): After implant placement, a healing period is required. This allows the implants to fuse with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. During this time, temporary dentures may be worn.
Abutment Placement and Impression (1-2 Visits): Once osseointegration is complete, Dr Kaushesh attaches abutments to the implants. These abutments connect the implants to the final set of dentures. An impression of your mouth is taken to create custom-made, permanent dentures.
Final Denture Placement (1-2 Visits): The last step involves the placement of the final set of fixed or removable dentures onto the abutments. Dr Kaushesh ensures that the dentures fit comfortably and function properly.
The overall time frame for an AO4 case can vary depending on individual healing rates, any additional treatments needed, and the specific procedures carried out at each stage. While the process can take several months, the benefits of a fully restored smile with stable and functional teeth make it a worthwhile investment for many individuals.