Monthly Archives: May 2017

All-On-4 Immediate Load Dental Implants: What You Should Know

All-On-4 immediate load dental implants have revolutionized the field of dentistry. While dental implants have been growing in popularity since the early 1990s, replacing an entire upper or lower arch of teeth with individual implants is time consuming and expensive. A traditional implant-supported fixed bridge is a more cost-effective solution, but it still requires a series of appointments. With an All-On-4, sometimes referred to as Teeth in a Day, you can have an entire mouthful of teeth replaced in one sitting. Here’s what you should know.

3D rendering : lower teeth and dental implant transparent render

Benefits Over Dentures

Although dentures have been replacing teeth for centuries, even modern technological advances cannot overcome their basic limitations. A lower denture sits on the gums, while an upper denture uses suction to attach a plastic plate to the roof of the mouth. Both are prone to slipping, severely reduce bite force, and can be both physically uncomfortable and socially embarrassing.

Dentures also do nothing to halt the resorption process, in which gum and bone tissue is slowly lost following the extraction of tooth roots. Even the best-fitted dentures must be periodically re-fitted to account for this loss, and resorption is a major contributor to the physical aging process of the face and mouth.

Dental implants replace the tooth roots, halting and even reversing resorption. Because they are integrated into the jawbone, they provide stability and restore better than 90% of the bite force of the natural teeth. No longer will you need to avoid biting into apples or chewing tough steak. And because your replacement teeth are stable, slipping is a thing of the past.

Benefits Over Traditional Implants

A traditional full-arch implant bridge requires you to have implants placed and then topped with a healing cap. You will then wear a traditional denture for several months until your mouth fully heals. At that time, you will return to the dentist to have abutments and a fixed bridge placed.

Although this process works well, it is slow. Coping with a traditional denture for several months can be challenging, causing you to severely curtail both your diet and your social life.

An All-On-4 removes the waiting period. As soon as your teeth are extracted, your dentist will immediately place 4 implants at strategic spots along your upper or lower arch. These implants are ready for a fixed bridge immediately, with no waiting period required. Your dentist will place an acrylic fixed bridge during the same appointment, allowing you to eat normally as soon as you feel up to it, which is usually within a day or two.

If you want even more natural-looking teeth, you can switch the acrylic teeth for porcelain teeth in just a few weeks. There is no maximum time limit, so you are welcome to live with the acrylic teeth for a while, and then switch to porcelain at some point in the future if desired.

Is All-On-4 Right for Me?

Like any dental procedure, All-On-4 is not right for everyone. It is a bit costlier than dentures, though less expensive than a traditional implant-supported fixed bridge or individual implants. In addition, those with certain underlying medical conditions may need to get their physical health under tight control before undergoing the procedure. Your dentist will closely examine your current oral and overall physical health and your goals for treatment, and make a professional recommendation.

Married dentists Chad and Alexandra Schnabel welcome you to Savannah Dental Solutions. From caring children’s dentistry to high-tech cosmetic procedures and even full-mouth reconstruction, we blend the latest technology with traditional customer-oriented values. To start your journey to better oral health, call us today at (912) 354-1366.

Dental Work and Pregnancy: Myths vs. Facts

Pregnant women are continually bombarded with information on what to do and what not to do during their pregnancy. Modern technology virtually guarantees that women will receive a lot of this information from internet sources, well-meaning friends and family, and other sources of questionable veracity. With so many claims swirling around, it can be tough to separate myths and old wives’ tales from scientifically proven facts. Here is what you need to know about dental work and pregnancy.

Pregnant woman at dentist before treatment

Myth: Avoid Routine Dental Work

Fact: Routine Dental Work Is Safe and Essential

If you are planning to become pregnant, it is a great idea to go ahead and visit your dentist. Have a routine checkup and cleaning, and have any needed treatments performed. However, many women become pregnant unexpectedly. In this case, it is important not to neglect your annual exam and cleaning. Pregnant women are at higher risk for swollen, bleeding gums, which can lead to gum disease, a condition that is linked to preterm birth. Never be afraid to receive routine dental work during your pregnancy.

Myth: Dental X-Rays Are Dangerous

Fact: Dental X-Rays Are Acceptable in Moderation

Because pregnant women should not be exposed to unnecessary radiation, it makes sense to put off nonessential x-rays until after you give birth. However, if a dental emergency should arise, x-rays may be essential for diagnosis. With proper shielding, dental x-rays are considered generally safe during pregnancy. Tell your dentist about your pregnancy and discuss the risks and benefits before proceeding.

Myth: Emergency Dental Treatments Should Be Avoided

Fact: Emergency Dental Treatments Should Be Performed

Many women worry about the effects that anesthesia and antibiotics, as well as dental procedures such as extractions and root canals, could have on their babies. Because there is a small risk with any procedure, putting off elective treatments until after the birth is advised. However, if a dental emergency arises, the risks of infection from putting off treatment are higher than the risks associated with performing a dental procedure.

Your dentist will work with you to use the safest medications possible in the lowest doses that still provide comfort. It is better to have your mouth thoroughly numbed than to put yourself and your baby through the stress of intense pain.

Myth: The Second Trimester Is the Best Time for Dental Work

Fact: This Is True

In many cases, it is possible to schedule both routine and emergency dental work. Although studies do not show increased risks with dental work performed during the first trimester, many dentists and patients prefer to wait until after this critical time in fetal development. Most dentists and patients also try to avoid the third trimester, when laying on your back could be painful and early labor is a possibility.

During the second trimester, most women have gotten used to the pregnancy. Morning sickness may have subsided, and the baby has made it through the critical first weeks. If you need dental work that can’t wait until after you deliver, this is the ideal time to have it done.

Married dentists Chad and Alexandra Schnabel welcome you to Savannah Dental Solutions. From caring children’s dentistry to high-tech cosmetic procedures and even full-mouth reconstruction, we blend the latest technology with traditional customer-oriented values. To start your journey to better oral health, call us today at (912) 354-1366.