Are you or a loved one suffering from severe tooth loss that is partial or even complete edentulism? This is a serious problem that can horribly affect your quality of life, causing frustration eating, communicating, and undermining your self-confidence. Worry no more! Dental implants, especially a technique called all-on-6 implants can be the ideal option to fully restore your missing tooth. We do offer the all-on-6 dental implants here at Sydney Dental

All on 6 dentals implants

.Our team of well-trained dentists and hospitable staff will guide you throughout the entire treatment and inform you of what exactly to expect at every step along the way. We’re here to help you improve your quality of life and better your oral health and appearance with a new gleaming smile. But first, let’s learn a little about this all-on-6 treatment, shall we?

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1. What are all on 6 dentals implants and why is it done?

All-on-6 implants are a restoration procedure done to replace significant tooth loss in one or both jaws. During the procedure, 6 dental implants that look and feel the same as the original teeth are placed in one or your two jaws. 

This treatment is recommended for those with one or two edentulous jaws or who would like to remove remaining teeth and have full implants. All-on-6 dental implants is a stable, long-term treatment and is a great alternative to other restorative methods like dental bridges and crowns. All-on-6 implants usually won’t require a bone graft surgery and hence is the ideal fix for those with low jawbone density.

2. Benefits from all on 6 implants

The benefits you can obtain from dental implants in general and an all-on-6 in particular are numerous, including:

  • Better looks. Dental implants are similar to your natural teeth to the eyes and touch. As they are attached to your bone, they are permanent.
  • Better communication. The slips of teeth from ill-fitting dentures are gone with dental implants. No more numbling or slurring in your everyday speech.
  • More comfort. Unlike removable dentures, as dental implants stay there like a natural part of your body, you may not realize they are even there at times.
  • Improved eating. Functioning like your original teeth, dental implants help you chew freely with ease and no pain. No more worries of dentures sliding inside of your mouth while chewing.
  • More confidence. Your shiny smile can be back with dental implants. That way you’ll be much more confident and comfortable with yourself
  • Enhanced oral wellness. Dental implants keep more of your original teeth intact, as no tooth reduction or alteration is required to support the implant. This can boost your oral health in the long run. Additionally, individual implants give teeth space to breathe, thereby improving your mouth hygiene.
  • Long-time use. These pieces are very durable and can stay good for multiple years, or even a lifetime with good care.
  • Convenience. You won’t have to feel the embarrassment of removing dentures anymore and no more messy adhesives for sticking them to your mouth by opting for dental implants

All-on-6 implants can be helpful in other ways in comparison to single implants. These include:

2.1. More stability

The all-on-6 dental implant technique is recommended for more solidity and stability in some patients. The dental care provider will determine if an all-on-6 is something you need according to the conditions of your mouth, gums, jawbone, and several other factors.

2.2. Extra reinforcement to the jaw 

The all-on-6 implants give the jawbone more support, preventing bone loss in the long run. In patients who are suffering from significant bone loss, this implant technique can put them at ease that the new tooth replacements will be secured in place for a long time following the treatment.

All on 6 dentals implants
All on 6 dental implants

3. Who is a candidate and who is not?

The candidacy for all-on-six implants is similar to that of a single dental implant. Thus, this technique may not be a good fit for some people with the following risk factors:

  • Are less than 18 years of age, this is because most dentists will only give dental implants to those whose jaw has stopped growing;
  • Smoke or use tobacco;
  • Have substantial loss of the jaw bone;
  • Practice improper oral hygiene;
  • Have deep tooth cavities;
  • Have existing periodontal disease;
  • Suffer from health problems, like bone or autoimmune diseases;

Every patient has a different health history and conditions so if you want to know for sure, contact the dental provider for advice and recommendations.

Those whose health is good enough to receive a normal tooth extraction or dental surgery can be a candidate for this dental implant technique. They should also have:

  • Healthy gums;
  • Enough bone for the implants to be bonded to;
  • Decent oral hygiene;
  • Frequent visits to the dentist.

Thorough examination needs to be done before implants for patients who:

  • Are chronic smokers;
  • Have out-of-control chronic diseases, like diabetes or heart problems;
  • Are undergoing radiation therapy in the head or neck.

Whatever the case is, always consult with your dentist to see if all-on-6 implants are a good fit for you.

4. What is the procedure for all on 6 dentals implants?

All-on-6 dental implants work on replacing all of the patients’ teeth with just six implants on one or both jaws. There are two stages to an all-on-6. The first stage is the implant placement and the other is the placement of the tooth restoration.

At the initial appointment, the patient will be given a thorough examination and measurements are taken using computed tomography. The prosthetic teeth will be created in around 10-14 days. Implants to be used are made of titanium and the tooth restoration can be ceramic or porcelain. As the tooth roots are replaced by the implants, it helps prevent the patient from experiencing further jawbone loss.

5. Is an all on 6 procedure painful?

It is not an unusual thing to experience some pain following the all-on-6 implant surgery. Nonetheless, the pain is insignificant and can be helped with OTC pain medications. Swelling is also a possible side effect.

The bright side is patients will feel no pain during the dental placement with the help of local anesthesia. However, sedation or general anesthesia can also be used upon the patient’s request or in special cases.  

All on 6 dentals implants
All on 6 dental implants

6. What happens after an all-on-6?

The healing time for you following an all-on-6 takes around 3 months. This is when the new implants get fused into your mouth. During the recovery, you should refrain yourself from hard, chewy, hot, and spicy foods to avoid any disruption. Once the implants are anchored into the jawline, a fixed prosthesis will be attached.

In most cases, the side effects will go away after around a week. The patient will need to pay regular visits to the dentist to check their healing process, especially in the first 3 months. If anything feels off during this time, reach out to your dentist right away to prevent the risk of an infection and complications. Once your implants have stabilized with no accompanying pain or discomfort, less dental visits are required.

7. The aftercare

Considering these implants are like the real deal, proper care includes brushing, flossing, rinsing on a daily basis and periodic oral visits.

You can help your dental work — and remaining natural teeth — last longer if you:

  • Commit to thorough oral hygiene. Try to keep your dental implants, false teeth, and gum tissue clean just like your original teeth by bruising, flossing, and rinsing on a daily basis;
  • Pay regular visits to the dentist. Have checkups with the dental provider to make sure your implants are functioning properly and healthy. Also receive in-clinic cleanings as advised by the dentist;
  • Avoid poor dental habits. Avoid chewing on hard foods, like ice or hard candy because these can cause breakage to your restoration like crows or even your original teeth. Also refrain from tobacco and products containing caffeine to prevent staining of teeth. If you have bruxism, meaning you grind or clench teeth, seek medical attention.

8. A word from Sydney Dental – your trusted provider

Hopefully after this read you will have a good idea of what an all-on-6 implant means and what to expect from it as well as if this treatment is something you need for the time being. If you are still unsure of which treatment to go with for a new unforgettably stunning smile in your particular case, do not hesitate to reach out to us Sydney Dental. We are at 499-501 Ba Hat St, Ward 8, District 10, HCMC looking forward to your visit. You may also call us at (028) 3504 9440 for a free no-obligation comprehensive consultation. Your pretty, shiny smile is 100% guaranteed at Sydney Dental!

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