September 27, 2021
All dental implants require minor surgery so that a small titanium screw can be inserted into the jawbone in the spot where the tooth root would normally be. Later on, the screw will be fitted with a crown, or artificial tooth, to provide both the appearance and functionality of a normal tooth. Titanium is used because it fuses very naturally with the jawbone and actually becomes part of it over time, and this provides a solid anchor for the new tooth. Traditional dental implants are conducted to replace a single tooth, but all-on-4 dental implants can replace an entire upper arch of teeth, or an entire lower arch, using just four titanium implants.
A patient we see at our office in Oviedo, FL is usually given an anesthetic before surgery begins, so as to eliminate any pain or discomfort. To replace an entire arch of teeth, it will generally take between two and three hours, since it's a fairly delicate operation. Once the anesthesia wears off, there is likely to be some minor discomfort and swelling in the area where surgery was conducted. This will subside relatively quickly, and the patient will be given a temporary set of teeth that can be used during the several months which will be necessary for the titanium implant to fuse with the jawbone.
After the dental implant procedure has been completed, most patients will experience some minor swelling, but will be able to go back to work within a day. Your new temporary teeth should be treated just like your original teeth, which means you should brush and floss them twice a day to keep them clean and free of food particles. It will take a day or two for you to get used to the new set of teeth you have in your mouth, and during this time you may experience some slight issues with speech. You will quickly overcome these issues however, and in a very short period of time, you'll find that your replacement teeth look and feel very natural. You'll be able to eat most foods right away, but you should try to avoid eating hard foods like nuts for about 10 to 12 weeks. After this period of time has gone by, you should be able to eat everything that you had in your diet before the surgery.
The cost of having all-on-4 dental implants installed will vary somewhat, depending on what part of the country you're in, but you can expect to pay between $18,000 and $24,000 for a full arch replacement. This is assuming that no bone grafting will be necessary to supplement your jawbone, so that it can hold the implants. There won't be any hidden fees associated with the surgery, and any other fees which are involved will always be discussed with the patient during initial consultation. You should check with your dental insurance carrier prior to the scheduling of your all-on-4 implant surgery, because it's possible that your carrier may cover at least part of the cost. Any coverage provided by your insurance company will be a welcome contribution toward lowering the total cost of the procedure.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment at Innovative Dental and Orthodontics in Oviedo, FL for a complimentary consultation.