Millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss, a condition that is both exceedingly common and treatable. One of the most popular ways to address missing teeth is through dental implants, which create comfortable and long-lasting results. At The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center of South Louisiana, we are happy to provide a comprehensive range of dental implant options to patients throughout Covington, LA.
When you join us for a consultation, our own Dr. Brandner will spend one-on-one time with you, explaining the options, answering your questions, and guiding you toward the best treatments to address your goals. For some patients, this may involve a popular dental implant technique known as All-on-4.
What is All-on-4?
Dental implants are titanium posts securely placed into the jawbone, where they serve as artificial tooth roots. Once they heal and stabilize, these implants form a steady foundation for artificial teeth, designed to look and behave just like naturally growing teeth.
The All-on-4 method can replace all of your teeth, using just four implants strategically placed throughout the mouth. For patients who require extensive dental restoration, All-on-4 can often be the ideal solution. We are happy to offer this technique to our patients here in the South Louisiana area.
What are the Benefits of All-on-4?
Generally speaking, dental implants are advantageous because they enable you to restore the form and function of your teeth. Once healed securely in place, implants will allow you to continue enjoying your favorite foods and have a confident and healthy smile.
All-on-4 can be especially advantageous because of the minimal number of implants needed. This can give patients a shorter surgical procedure and a more expedient recovery time, as well as a straightforward way to handle significant tooth loss.
When you join us for an initial consultation, Dr. Brandner will take a look at your teeth and the surrounding anatomy and speak with you more about the pros and cons of the All-on-4 method.
Who are the Ideal Candidates for All-on-4?
During the initial consultation, Dr. Brandner will take images and perform a physical examination, verifying that you are a good candidate for a safe and successful implant procedure. His recommendation for All-on-4 will vary depending on a few different factors:
- The level of bone tissue you have remaining
- The number of teeth you need to replace
- The overall health of the surrounding anatomy
- Your age (All-on-4 typically is not the most logical option for older patients)
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All-on-4: The Process
During your initial consultation, Dr. Brandner will work with you to map out a custom treatment plan.
When you return for the placement of the implants, you will receive a sedation level sufficient for a safe and comfortable procedure. Patient comfort is a top priority for us, and we can provide the level of sedation needed to spare you any pain or any undue anxiety.
Once the four implants have been put into place, they will need a few weeks to heal. When they have fused with the surrounding bone tissue, then the dental prostheses can be placed. In total, the process of getting All-on-4 may take a few weeks.
How Much Does All-on-4 Cost in the Covington, LA?
One of the most common questions we hear about All-on-4 is how much it costs. The answer can vary from patient to patient, mostly depending on how many supporting procedures are necessary.
Something we are passionate about at our practice is ensuring patients have all the information they need to understand both the clinical impact and the financial impact of each treatment option. As such, Dr. Brandner will spend plenty of time talking with you about the different kinds of implants, helping you choose the most cost-effective option.
Recovery from All-on-4
While it can take a few weeks for your new implants to be fully healed into place, most patients feel more or less normal within just a few days.
Before your procedure, Dr. Brandner will talk with you about aftercare, ensuring you have all the information you need to feel confident in your recovery. This includes information on what you can eat, when you can eat, and how to maintain oral hygiene during the All-on-4 recovery. He will also give you his number, inviting you to call directly with any questions or concerns that might arise.
Schedule a Consultation with The OMS Center of South Louisiana
Dental implants can produce long-lasting restoration for patients who are missing teeth or who anticipate the need to have teeth extracted. For some patients, this unique All-on-4 technique might be especially beneficial.
We would love to tell you more and answer any questions you may have. To find out more about All-on-4, schedule a consultation with us in our welcoming, hospitable practice. Contact The OMS Center of South Louisiana whenever you would like to make an appointment. Call us at (985) 687-1616.