- by Dr. Ravneet Dhillon
- November 18, 2022
Dental Implants have been a big revolution in the field of dental restoration. The field, implants, techniques, and materials used have evolved over time. What takes the cake today is all on x dental implants which have made getting these Implants a far easier decision for people.
When one loses a tooth, it impacts not just the food habits and intake but also the confidence of person. Degeneration due to age, periodontitis or gum disease, tooth infection, cavities, diseases, poor nutrition, accidents, or injuries, can all lead to the loss of tooth or teeth.
While some people may settle for dentures, most people now seek permanent solutions as dental procedures are far more advanced and safe today.
All on X dental implants
Combine the use of four implants with prosthetics that can replace a full arch. Today, using this procedure, people can get a full set of teeth which is a much better option than temporary dentures.
What are all-on-x dental implants?
This procedure is conducted via computer-guided surgery. Our expert implantologists at Morgan Hill Dentistry combine different technologies which are many times more advanced than the conventional ones to provide a permanent replacement for lost teeth.
- The appropriate position for drilling the implants is decided after a thorough investigation.
- A denture bridge is placed and this bridge is anchored by four implants. These implants are inserted in the jawbone at the same time. These are a type of implant-supported dentures. Usual placement includes two implants in the front vertically and two in the back of the mouth at an angle.
- While normal dental implants are used to replace one tooth, these all-on-x dental implants can replace the entire dental arch.
- Here, rather than the artificial tooth, you will find a sharp tip. As there are usually four implants in the latest technique, there are four corresponding tips. These are akin to connecting points between the jaw and artificial teeth. This connection mimics the natural feeling and provides a sturdy replacement for the teeth.
- Usually, one is provided a temporary denture after placing the implants. This allows the patient to carry on with regular activities like eating while the healing takes place. The bone grows around the implants in a few months.
- It is after this healing phase that the full arch denture is permanently fixed to the implants.
- Many times, the fixed dentures may be placed immediately.
The pros of all–on-x dental implants
- It prevents bone degeneration and loss. When one does not replace the missing tooth, it can lead to the widening of gaps as well as bone degeneration from that area. These all-on-x dental implants can help you avoid this.
- It mimics natural feelings- this allows one to smile naturally. One does not feel any different while chewing or eating food.
- It enables one to eat and drink normally as it is sturdy and comfortable. You should avoid hard foods though as that can crack the cap.
- The short duration of the procedure is another advantage. Unlike conventional implants where one gets one tooth replacement at a time, here all the teeth can be replaced at once
- Unlike dentures, there won’t be any friction or rubbing
- It is a far more comfortable and less invasive procedure compared to bone grafts. The healing time is also less.
- More practical than dentures- not only is this procedure permanent but it is also practical with easier cleaning. Maintenance is simple and normal hygiene practices are enough. There is no need for adhesives
- As the procedure requires one sitting most of the time, it is less costly and saves time.
- These implants do not impact how you speak or eat.
Cons of all-on-x dental implants
These are the potential disadvantages and not everyone will have these.
- Time to adjust- like any other dental procedure, this also involves a period of adjusting and learning. Some people may be slightly uncomfortable while speaking initially.
- Soreness and discomfort- the process involved drilling like other dental implants. Local anesthesia numbs the pain making the surgery pain-free but there will be some discomfort during healing. One may have difficulty eating and chewing. Anti-inflammatory medicines are prescribed which help one sail through.
- A small risk of rejection – this is rare but sometimes the implant may not agree with the bone and jaw. A very small percentage of people with periodontitis, arthritis, etc, may face this issue.
- In this type of implant, each implant is paired with multiple caps made out of porcelain. Some people may find the sensation discomforting. This usually goes away with time.
- The bone needs to be healthy and strong to hold the implants which can be a limitation in some cases
All-on-x dental implants are a revolutionary way to replace your top or bottom teeth with a permanent solution. The best person to decide whether this is a good procedure for you or not is your dentist.
You can get your appointment at Morgan Hill Dentistry which is an emergency dental clinic, and see our experts to ascertain if this is an appropriate procedure for you to replace your missing teeth.
There are many other options available. It is important that people do not delay visiting their dentists as any delay in replacing the missing teeth will lead to bone loss, gum recession, widening of gaps, and other issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is all-on-x dental implants the same as all-on-4?
Commonly both are used synonymously. Previously, six or more implants were also used to replace the full set of teeth. But the most modern technique uses four implants. This is why the terms are used almost synonymously.
Is all-on-x prone to breakage?
With general hygiene practices and care, it is highly unlikely for any breakage to occur. Yet, one must avoid eating or biting hard food.
How painful is this procedure?
It is a painless procedure as it is done under anesthesia. There is some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off and during the healing phase. Over-the-counter medicines and eating soft foods as prescribed by your dentist help deal with it.