Dental implants are a very good treatment for replacing missing teeth. They are, overall, very safe and very successful. And the All-on-4 procedure represents major advancements in technique that can make the implant procedure even safer. With fewer implants, no need for bone grafts, and immediate loading, All-on-4 implant dentures address some concerns about dental implants, improving the safety of the procedure.
If you want to talk to a dentist about the All-on-4 approach to dental implants in Westchester County, please call (914) 526-2144 today for an appointment with an implant dentist at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake.
Dental Implant Risks
As we said, dental implants are a very safe treatment, but no medical procedure is without risks. Some complications that can occur when you get dental implants include:
- Jawbone injury
- Poor healing
- Discomfort or numbness
- Poor cosmetic results
- Implant failure
None of these complications are common. In most cases when they occur, the effects are minor. Sometimes, though, they can be serious. Jawbone injury can include damaged jaw around the implant area that can affect the function of your jaw. Poor healing could include a condition called osteonecrosis of the jaw, a condition in which the jawbone starts to die after surgery.
In most cases, serious complications are related to identifiable risks. Your implant dentist will talk to you about your level of risk for complications and what can be done to minimize them.
Fewer Implants Makes All-on-4 Safer
Many of the potential risks of dental implants occur at the implant site. The fewer implants placed, the lower the risk.
Your risk will be lower for many complications, including bleeding, infection, jawbone injury, and more. There are just fewer surgical sites that can experience this risk, so even if the risk of individual sites were the same, the risk would be lower.
Avoiding Bone Graft Makes All-on-4 Safer
Any time you have a surgical procedure, you are exposing yourself to potential risk. When you have a bone graft procedure to help support your dental implants, you are exposing yourself to another surgery and another session of surgical risks. Bone graft can carry even more risk if you are also harvesting bone from elsewhere in the body, rather than using a different form of bone graft material.
There is also the risk that a bone graft may not adequately supplement the bone, and then you would need another bone graft session.
But with All-on-4, you don’t need a bone graft procedure, so you won’t have risks related to bone graft.
Immediate Loading Can Make All-on-4 Safer
Early implant failure related to failure to osseointegrate might be more likely if your dental implants are placed but not loaded right away. Without the stimulus of an immediate load, the bone may not grow as strong around the dental implant at first.
But with All-on-4 you can often get immediate loading with a fixed temporary bridge. This isn’t for everyone, but when it’s appropriate it can lead to more bone formulation around the dental implants and a lower risk of failure.
A Well-Designed Procedure
The All-on-4 procedure has been thoroughly engineered to maximize the safety and effectiveness of the procedure. It has been practiced by thousands of dentists in the US and around the world. The results have been carefully studied.
On the basis of our experience, we know that the All-on-4 procedure is at least as safe as other dental implant procedures. In many cases, it is even safer.
If you would like to learn more about the safety of All-on-4 implant dentures in Westchester County, please call (914) 526-2144 today for an appointment at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake.