Things happen in life that affects our dental health. Stress, chipped teeth, infections, diabetes, or even poor dental hygiene can cause the loss of dentition in a patient. Due to this, many patients resort to getting an all-on-4 in Mexico.
“The loss of your dentition” is simply a way of saying that you lose your teeth. When this happens, traditionally people in the past opted for dentures. However, as technology advances, newer and more effective methodologies of replacing your missing teeth have come to the market. You can get the same level of care as you can in a developed country by opting to get your treatments in Mexico.
Dental Implants in Mexico are an affordable and high-quality option in solving this problem.
Dental implants are a safe, comfortable, and effective way of replacing missing teeth. They are more stable than dentures and can last much longer with fewer complications.
Understanding an All-on-4 in Mexico
Typically, humans have two rows of 16 teeth. This means they have 16 teeth on the lower jaw, and 16 teeth on the upper jaw. If a patient is missing all 16 teeth, it’s not necessary to place 16 individual dental implants. There is a better way that is less painful, more economical, and much more practical.
This procedure is called an All-on-4.
An All-on-4 dental procedure is a means of replacing all 16 teeth with a dental prosthesis. The dentist will place 4 anchor points in the bone on either the top or bottom jaw. The dental implants are anchor points and made of titanium
The attachment points are called abutments. The dentist attaches these angled connectors to the prosthesis.
These anchor points will support the pressure of the bite. Each patient will need specific spacing configurations matching the shape of their jaw. At SOTA Dental, our main goal is to keep and restore as many natural teeth in the mouth as possible, but in the cases where that is not feasible for the long term dental health of our patients, then our fully equipped clinics can create a prosthetic full arch of teeth that will resemble and function in the same way that natural teeth do. It is similar to the idea of creating a prosthetic limb for a person missing an arm or a leg. The prosthetic will give a patient back their functionality, helping them to overcome their disability. Having a high-quality dental prosthesis fabricated by our team of dedicated and highly qualified doctors follows that same line of thinking.
What is the Protocol for an All-on-4 in Mexico?
The first thing that has to happen is that we need to ensure that the patient has enough bone density to support the implants that will be placed into the upper or lower arches of the jaw. This is done with a CTCB scan to check the density of the bone in the jaw. If there is not enough bone to support the implants, don’t worry, it is not the end of the world.
A bone graft procedure would be necessary to ensure that there is enough bone in the upper or lower jaw for the implants. Implants must be able to support the pressure of a patient’s bite. This procedure becomes essential for patients who suffer bone loss. It will ensure the patient can eat and chew normally again. Bone loss comes in many shapes and sizes. A “sinus lift” is one of the most common bone graft procedures. The CBCT scan will help determine the location and how much bone you will need.
Once our doctors have established that there is a suitable amount of bone in the jaw for the procedure to take place, then the calculation for the proper spacing of the implants is planned. Our dentists use very sophisticated technology to render images of the jaw and the implants. This will help simulate the look and feel of the prosthesis before the lab makes it. This part of the process is one of the most complicated parts because it requires a lot of sophisticated planning to do it correctly.
The next thing that is going to happen is that the doctor will place the implants (titanium screws) in calculated positions. Thanks to modern technology, dental implants have more sophisticated shapes. This allows the implant to have more torque to securely anchor in the jawbone.
The Osseointegration Process
This is a process where the bone calcifies around the implant. This process can take anywhere from 4 to 6 months so it will require a second trip back to Mexico to complete the process.
We know that traveling across the border can be a costly and time-consuming endeavor. At SOTA Dental, we try to make this as easy and painless as possible. This is why we offer FREE accommodations for our All-on-4 patients getting zirconia or nano-ceramic prostheses.
You can check out our accommodation options here.
Material Options for All-on-4 in Mexico
On the second trip down, the doctors will uncover the implants and decide on the final prosthesis. This is where dreams become reality and the process of transformation starts to take shape. This is the best part of getting an all-on-4 in Mexico! Our clinics are fully equipped to offer a wide variety of conventional and new materials to design your permanent prosthesis. At our SOTA Dental clinics, you will have the option to choose from the following materials:
- Acrylic – This material is made from a composite acrylic (plastic) resin. It is old technology and has been in use for many years.
- Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA) – This material is easy to shape and low-cost.
- Zirconia – This is a strong, ceramic material made from zirconium dioxide. Zirconia is a great material for patients that care about the esthetics of the prosthesis. It is strong and heavy, therefore requires 6 implants to properly support it.
- Nano Ceramic – This new material is composed of ultra-fine (nano) particles, which make the prosthesis more light, flexible, and easy to design.
Our team can shape prostheses from any one of these materials. We give our patients a wide variety of options for their long-term, permanent prostheses. Most opt to start with an acrylic prosthesis, then upgrade to different materials in the future.
At SOTA Dental we aim to give all of our patients a variety of options. We take into consideration each patient’s needs, financial situation, and ultimate goals. Having a proper bite is essential so in extreme cases, long-term dental health should act sooner than later.
If you are looking to get an all-on-4 in Mexico, you can check out our options for pricing and availability by booking a consultation here.
How to take care of your new prosthesis
Now that you have a prosthesis, all your problems are solved, right?
As much as we would like to think so, the truth is that having a prosthesis requires a certain amount of aftercare to preserve your dental health long-term. Similar to having natural teeth in your mouth, regular brushing, flossing, and routine cleaning are required. Practicing proper oral hygiene is critical to avoid future complications.
Having a dental prosthesis is similar to the idea of a runner having a prosthetic limb. Yes, they can run races, yes they can live a normal life, and yes their prosthetic leg will function, however it will never stop being an artificial limb. There will always be limitations.
The same is true with a dental implant
It will give you the ability to enjoy eating the foods you like to eat and look good when you smile. Even considering this, it is not quite the same as having your natural teeth. It’s pretty darn close however you must take care and maintain your prosthesis properly. This means that you will need to schedule routine cleanings where your implants are unscrewed, removed, cleaned from the bottom up, and properly put back by one of our doctors.
Each time we perform a successful All-on-4 case in Mexico, patients are shocked by the before and after results of the process. The results of our cases pleasantly surprise our team each time. We love to see our patients’ smiles and help transform their lives for the better.
If you are ready to take the first steps in being able to enjoy eating the foods you love without feeling any pain, if you want your smile back and if you are ready to feel confident again, get in touch with us here to get the ball rolling and start your journey towards a new and better life with SOTA Dental.
But don’t just hear it from us, let Patsy, one of our patients, tell you all about here all-on-4 journey.