Whether you have lost your teeth due to decay or some type of accident, it’s now time to make a decision about what will replace those teeth. One approach that you should seriously consider is known as All on 4 implants. Before you can receive this type of implant technology, our team will determine if you are a good candidate for this solution. Here are a few of the factors we will consider closely.
Your General Health
In order to receive All on 4 implants, your general health should be stable and of an acceptable level. Someone who gets exercise on a regular basis and is free of any ongoing health issues would be a prime candidate.
A Strong Immune System
Do you have any condition that has resulted in a weak immune system? This is an issue that must be addressed. While receiving All on 4 implants is not as invasive as many other types of dental treatments, you do need a healthy immune system in order to heal at a reasonable pace. Depending on the condition of your immune system, we may proceed with the procedure or recommend an alternative.
The Medications You Take
Do you take any type of medications that might complicate the procedure or your recovery? They don’t necessarily rule out the idea of receiving All on 4 implants, but their use may need to be curtailed for a few days before and after the procedure. For example, if you are taking any type of medication that thins the blood, our team and your physician will coordinate a schedule for reducing or refraining from taking that drug for a specified period of time. Assuming this can be done safely, you will be considered a viable candidate.
Quality of Your Jaw Bone Structure
In order to receive All on 4 implants, your upper and lower jaws must be sturdy enough to ensure each implant is firmly held in place. Our team will use X-rays to determine if the bone density and general condition is sufficient. If not, undergoing this type of procedure right now is out of the question. Keep in mind that there are procedures that help to reinforce the jaw bones. If you are willing to undergo those procedures, there’s a good chance you can receive the implants after recovering from those treatments.
Your Lifestyle Habits
No one is interested in making judgments about the way you live your life. In some cases, some of those lifestyle habits would impeded the ability to receive All on 4 implants. Abandoning them long enough to receive the implants and not resuming those habits until the healing is complete will be necessary. A classic example is smoking. You will need to refrain from smoking for a time before and after the procedure.
Get In Touch with Us for More Information
Would you like to know more about All on 4 implants and how they compare to other options? Be sure to make an appointment with the office of Samuel F. Jirik. At our convenient location in Little Rock, AR, our caring and devoted team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option in greater detail and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!