My husband needs to replace his teeth. Our dentist said that he has lost quite a bit of bone structure and is recommending the all-on-four dental implant procedure. I’ve heard this is a bit of a controversial procedure. Would this be okay for him to get? My husband likes the idea because it means he won’t need the additional procedure of bone grafting. I’m worried because of the controversy behind it. Can you please advise?
One of the problems with the all-on-four procedure is that if one part of the appliance fails, the whole thing has to be redone. This is not an issue with an implant overdenture. If one of your dental implants fails then only that implant will have to be dealt with. If it were me, then I would encourage your husband to go ahead and get the bone grafting procedure done and then get implant-supported dentures instead of the all-on-four.
No matter what he chooses, it is important that the dentist he goes to has post-doctoral training in dental implants. This is quite an advanced procedure and it is not adequately taught in dental school. If something goes wrong, the complications can be quite serious.
Three of the top schools for this are:
- The Dawson Academy
- The Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies
- The Kois Center
There are others, but those three are among the most reputable. Make certain the dentist has that training. There are countless dental implant horror stories.
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