Are All-on-4® Dental Implants Painful?

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All-on-4 dental implants are a great restorative approach to replacing an entire arch of missing or severely damaged teeth. The design of this implant uses four anchors that connect to your jaw to produce a full arch of teeth that you can use as a replacement for dentures. Our dentists at Advanced Dentistry of Centre County are excited to offer All-on-4 dental implants for our patients in State College, PA.

You may be wondering how painful this procedure is and what to expect following the procedure. Patients generally notice some mild to moderate discomfort. After the treatment area has healed, it is generally considered a virtually pain-free alternative to dentures.

How do All-on-4 implants work?

The All-on-4 implant is a full-arch implant solution that uses four anchors that go around your entire jawline. The implant screws will enter the jawbone in four positions and angles. Our dental team will complete a three-dimensional scan of your mouth and a dental x-ray to review the ideal positions and spots for these anchors.

The implants will secure a full dental arch, and the design is similar to dentures, but it is shaped to fit your smile.

Are All-on-4 dental implants painful?

Our team at Advanced Dentistry of Centre County will provide the best care possible when installing your implant. We will use a numbing agent before we place your implants in the jawbone, and we provide sedation solutions for patients who require extra assistance to relax during the procedure.

What happens after the procedure?

You will receive a temporary full-arch crown on top of the implants after the installation is complete. This is necessary to create a natural look while the implants integrate with the bone structure. It takes about 6 – 9 months for the area to heal after the procedure.

Some swelling and discomfort will be present for a few days after. We can provide details on what you can do to manage the recovery process well. You’ll require regular dental cleanings and exams after receiving your temporary crown, and you’ll have to brush and floss each day to keep bacteria from entering the implant sites.

No grafting necessary

One of the best parts of the All-on-4 system is that it doesn’t require bone grafts. The implants are arranged to enter your natural jaw structure in the right places based on the x-rays and digital scans. Bone grafting can be painful and harder to recover from, so this point is a real advantage.

Contact us to learn if the All-on-4 dental implant system can work for you

It is exciting to see how well the All-on-4 dental implant system can help restore your great smile by replacing an entire arch of teeth. Patients love how well the All-on-4 system can provide a healthy look without requiring bone grafts. Visit our team at Advanced Dentistry of Centre County in State College to learn more about how this solution can work for you and what you can expect from the procedure. We are available for appointments throughout the week, so contact us today to schedule a visit.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.