Are All-on-4® Restorations Removable?
Individuals who are missing most or all of their teeth can choose All-on-4® dental implants at Smiles for Life Dental Care in Harrisonburg, VA. This system offers full-arch replacement using only four dental implants per arch.
Because there are so many dental implant options available, those considering this treatment naturally have questions about the process. One of the most common questions we hear at our practice is, “Are All-on-4 restorations removable”? In this blog post, we will answer this question and explore the procedure in a little more detail.
Will I Have to Remove My Restoration at Night?
Unlike dentures, All-on-4 restorations are fixed. This means they are permanent and non-removable, giving patients the next best thing to natural teeth.
Of course, while you will not be able to remove your restoration, your dentist can. In fact, your restoration will be removed at least twice a year for cleaning and maintenance. While your hygienist cleans your implants, our team can also clean your appliance before placing it back in your mouth. This helps keep your oral health in optimal condition.
How Is the Restoration Attached?
In most cases, your restoration will be affixed to your implants with screw retention. After placing your appliance, your dentist will use tiny screws to connect the teeth to the implants in your jaw. This process is fairly straightforward and can be completed in just a few minutes.
Will I Have a Removable Appliance during the Healing Period?
For standard implant placement, patients often have to wait three to six months before attaching their restoration. This allows for the bone to fuse to the implant – a process known as osseointegration. Due to the nature of All-on-4 dental implants, your dentist can usually attach the restoration on the same day. This restoration will likely be a temporary one, but it will still be permanently fixed to your implants until your final restoration is ready.
Like standard implants, your All-on-4 dental implants will still need to osseointegrate. But because the implants are placed at strategic angles – and because your bite forces are equalized over the entire dental arch – your dentist does not have to wait three to six months to add the restoration. This is one of the most notable benefits of All-on-4 treatment; patients can enjoy a full, functional set of teeth after just one office visit.
Tips for Keeping Your All-on-4 Restoration in Good Condition
Because your All-on-4 restoration stays put, it is important to practice good oral hygiene so plaque and tartar do not accumulate. Your hygienist can thoroughly clean your implants and restoration during routine exams, but here are a few recommendations to keep in mind in between visits:
- Brush after every meal.
- Floss daily around your implants and underneath your restoration.
- Use interproximal brushes to clean the space between your gums and the prosthesis.
- Consider purchasing a waterpik, which can help remove large food particles and other debris.
Following these steps can help keep your All-on-4 dental implants clean and fully functional. To avoid scratching your restoration, we recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste.
Learn More about All-on-4 Dental Implants
All-on-4 dental implants have given thousands of patients a healthier, happier and functional smile. Find out how this procedure can improve your oral health and overall quality of life. For more information, contact us online or call our office at (540) 828-2312.