How painful is the AO4 implant procedure? What is the recovery from A04 like?
While all oral surgeries involve some discomfort, the All-on-4 procedure is often less painful because it does not involve bone grafting, months of denture use, or more than four implants per tooth arch. Patients will be sedated during the procedure and will experience some swelling and discomfort afterward, but many recover within days and return to normal activities, including work, within a week. Because your teeth rest on the implants instead of the gums, many patients report much less pain than with other similar solutions.
How much does All-on-4 cost? Will my insurance cover the All-on-4 procedure?
The cost of the AO4 procedure varies case by case – your surgeon can discuss this cost with you at your consultation. Because we have built tremendous efficiency into our practice model, our fees are often lower than patients expect. Most dental insurance plans will cover at least a portion of your dental implant surgery. The best way to learn more about your policy is to speak with your dental insurance company and to read your policy. In addition, we can help you determine the estimated out-of-pocket cost of your procedure and assist you with a payment plan or financing if you wish.
Will my new teeth look natural?
Yes – your teeth will look completely natural and your gum line will also look normal and natural. While friends and family may notice your improved smile, they will probably not know you have implants unless you choose to tell them.
How do I care for my All-on-4 implants?
You care for your implanted teeth just as you would your natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. No extra care is needed, though, as with natural teeth, it is highly recommended that you have ongoing maintenance with your local dentist. We recommend that you see your regular dentist for cleaning and maintenance at least three times per year. Usually this is very routine care, but diligence in this regard will head off any potential future problems before they become bigger concerns. Speak to your dentist about the specific oral hygiene plan that is right for you.