Four-under-One (Full Arch Rehab on 4 Dental Implants): FAQs
Is this the only dental implant procedure you perform?
No. At Dentistry Plus, we offer several solutions, depending on your requirements and budget. The Four-under-One is a permanent solution that provides a fixed set of replacement teeth with maximum stability. However, the costs are more than other solutions we offer, such as the Denture Connect Plus system.
Will I need a bone graft?
One of the advantages of the Four Under One is that those with compromised jawbone levels can often still go ahead with the procedure. However, there is a certain baseline required. Your dentist will discuss this with you and take x-rays to confirm your eligibility for the procedure. The x-rays will evaluate your bone volume, density and quantity. Sometimes, you can avoid a bone graft, instead choosing to have longer implants anchored into the cheekbone, known as zygomatic implants.
Do I need to keep my dentures?
No, you will no longer need your dentures. The Four-under-One on Four Dental Implants is a permanent solution. Upon completion of your procedure, you will have a set of non-removable, natural-looking replacement teeth.
Is implant surgery painful?
Implant surgery is surprisingly not very painful. Usually, it is performed in the dentist chair under local anaesthetic. If you feel a little anxious about your procedure, we can happily give you more sedation or pain medication. Speak to your dentist about the various options we have available. After the procedure, you will be given care instructions, prophylactic antibiotics and pain relief to take home with you. You may experience some swelling and soreness over the next few days.
Many people have asked whether dental implant surgery is painful, so we’ve written a blog post on the subject on our sister site, DENTURES PLUS.
How long will the procedure take?
The Four-under-One procedure is very quick. You will have your implants fitted and your permanent bridge attached within 12-48 hours.
Is there a risk of failure?
As with any surgical procedure, there is always a risk of failure. However, implant surgery has a high success rate. Also, certain contributing factors lend themselves to the success of the procedure. These factors include the experience of the surgeon (Dentistry Plus has a highly experienced dentist working in-house), infection control (infection control standards in Australia are exceedingly high] and careful examination of the patient’s general health, medical history and pathology prior to commencing the surgery.
Why doesn’t every dental clinic offer the Four-under-One?
The Four-under-One (Full Arch Rehab on 4 Dental Implants) is a specialised technique that requires a trained dentist with an advanced skill set, experience and expertise. At Dentistry Plus, we have a dedicated dentist that is highly skilled in this technique.
What can I eat after my surgery?
For the next three months after your surgery, only soft food is recommended (for example pasta and fish). Your dentist will discuss your diet with you and give you diet plans and suggestions to follow.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.