In this third article of our series on All on Four implants, we will discuss what happens after you decide to go ahead and get an all on four implants, but before it happens. As a matter of fact, your dentist will work several hours before even thinking about starting to work on your mouth. Given that this dental implant technology does not come cheap, it is best to plan the procedure and all the required steps well beforehand, to minimize problems. So, your dentist will have to work on a preliminary (or definitive) surgical plan tailor-made to you and your mouth’s structure.
Recall that in a previous blog How do you know if All on Four Implants are Right for You?, we wrote that before knowing for sure whether you are a candidate for All on Four implants and deciding that this surgical technique is right for you, it is standard procedure for your dental surgeon to perform the following:
Once the dental surgeon has told you it is OK for you to have an All on Four implant, and you have decided it is the way to go, your dentist will prepare a surgical plan and budget to review with you. We will discuss the surgical plan in this article.
There is a fundamental reason why a surgical plan is in order. If a dental implant placement is performed poorly, the final implant can have detrimental effects on the long-term success of a prosthesis. For example, Cooper reported That dental implant malposition is the primary cause of delayed implant failure and implant- and implant prosthesis-related complications. To further enhance dental implant planning and surgery success, some dentists have proposed an eight-step digital protocol. Now, we will not subject you to telling you in detail about the proposed eight steps; instead, we have summarized them in non-technical terms.
The essential eight steps are listed as:
Dr. MacLean's eight-step protocol is beneficial for a dental team as it allows them to run through a checklist to help them detect problems prior to surgery.
A well carried out surgical plan can allow clinicians to inform patients about any limitations involved in their specific case, and it can ensure that the implant platform depth is positioned ideally for esthetics, function, occlusion, and longevity.
If you have experienced severe teeth loss and are looking to solve this issue, the All on Four dental implant is an excellent option for you. How to know if they are right for you? After doing your research, visit a dental surgeon to let them guide you in deciding whether to proceed with this treatment. Once you have decided to go ahead, our specialists will discuss the surgical plan with you to ensure your treatment will be successful.
At Woodshore Family Dentistry, we believe in staying current with technical changes. Woodshore Family Dentistry has experienced dentists that can help you solve your missing teeth-related issues. Do you have any questions about All on Four Implants? Call Woodshore Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment with a dentist.
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 Cooper LF. Prosthodontic complications related to non-optimal dental implant placement. In: Forum SJ, ed. Dental Implant Complications: Etiology, Prevention, and Treatment. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley; 2015:539-557.