If you have lost or missing teeth, there are a few different options to turn to. You can do nothing, although this could lead to more problems later on. You can turn to dentures, but these have their own problems to deal with.

The best option for a permanent replacement is dental implants. What many people do not realize is that there are different types of dental implants in Reno. For many people the idea of All on 4 implants provides them with everything they need.

What Are They?

Dental implants consist of two parts. An implant or a post is placed inside of the jaw bone. The bone grows around the post to secure it in place. A crown is placed on top of the implant to replace the missing tooth. In traditional implants, a post is put in place for each of the missing teeth. While it is possible to replace all the teeth with dental implants, it is a difficult and expensive procedure.

All on 4 implants offer an alternative to traditional implants. Instead of placing posts in all the missing teeth, four posts are implanted, and the teeth connect to those four implants. This makes it much easier to replace both the bottom and lower set of teeth. It is an easier procedure that is typically less costly. Want to watch an oral surgery in Reno? Click here to view a behind-the-scenes look at implant surgery (warning: graphic surgery scenes occur).

When Are All On 4 Implants The Right Choice?

There is a place for both the traditional implants and the all on 4 implants. If there are only one or two missing teeth, our team suggests traditional implants as the best choice. As long as the rest of the teeth are healthy, there is no need for more than one or two implants.

The All on 4 implants are usually the best option when a person either needs to replace all the bottom teeth, all their top teeth or both their top and bottom teeth. It is also an option for people that are missing large sections of their teeth. The procedure is less invasive while providing the same results as traditional implants.

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Snap-on dentures, when compared to dentures, have an infinite amount of benefits. Comfort is the top one, as it prevents rubbing, chafing, sore spots, and a more fuller facial profile. For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our oral surgery Reno office to schedule an appointment.

What Happens During My All On 4 Implant Surgery? 

As a three-part process over the course of several weeks, the first part is anchoring the implant in the jaw after receiving local anesthesia. The implant needs to fuse with the jawbone during a process called osseointegration, which typically takes three to six months. The implant posts are made of high grade, durable titanium that is biocompatible with our bodies. On the last step, a unique crown to blend with the size, shape, and color of your other teeth is created and fixed to the implant post to give you a beautiful new tooth that looks completely natural. 

What Happens After My All On 4 Implant Surgery? 

Immediately after dental implant surgery, we request that you take it easy and get rest, and following the post-operative instructions from our experts is important. First and foremost, please avoid disturbing the wound, which is rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound for the first 24 hours after surgery. Proper oral hygiene is important for the healing process. 

It’s also necessary to drink plenty of fluids and avoid hot liquids. Similar to the post-operative procedures for wisdom teeth removal, soft foods should be consumed after your surgery. Swelling is common after implant surgery, and so is bleeding or red-colored saliva for the first 24 hours. If you make sure to take care of yourself and take recovery seriously, then you’ll be back to living a life of comfort, improved communication, and a less rigorous care routine thanks to the team at Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery.