All-on-4 Dental Implants – Fixed Dentures in One Day

What if you could have a full set of teeth replaced in only one day? So many dental implant patients have to travel from office to office for various appointments, turning what could be a simple process into a long ordeal. For those who are from remote locations and look to metropolitan cities for their dental implant needs, this can be especially inconvenient. All-on-4 dental implants offer a one-day surgery solution for dental implant patients who are in need of a fixed denture.

All-on-4 is a dental implant solution that allows a fixed denture to be placed using only four dental implants. The way that the implants are placed eliminates the standard healing time that applies to other types of dental implants. Thus, the All-on-4 surgery procedure, when performed in an office with substantial staffing and resources, can be conducted in one day, making the drive for out-of-town patients a more reasonable option.

There are several parts of the All-on-4 process. For eligible candidates the surgery can be conducted in one day, but the procedure can be done in as few as two appointments.

  • Consultation – The initial visit where specific needs are addressed and a solution prescribed.
  • 3D CAT Scanning and Cone Beam Scanner – Through state-of-the art technology, the surgery is planned
  • Impressions – Where the proper molds are created for the dental implants to make the teeth for the patient.
  • Education – Education consultants provide feedback and information for each patient, in order to make certain proper care and upkeep are given post-surgery.
  • Surgery – The day of surgery the implants are placed and new teeth are attached to the dental implants.
  • A properly staffed facility will be able to conduct each of these parts of the process on-site, thus minimizing the number of trips the out-of-town patient must take. With on-site education consultants, a dental surgeon, and an implant dentist, the dental implant center that is properly staffed will be able to take a patient from the start to the finish of the surgery in one day.

    The All-on-4 is available to clients that after the initial consultation have shown to be eligible candidates. The procedure will not be available for those patients that will require bone grafting or another surgical procedure before implants can be placed.

    The initial consultation with the dental implant office will determine whether or not the patient is a candidate for the All-on-4 dental implant procedure.

    Top 3 Athens-Greece One-Day Trips

    One of the top things about a voyage to Athens is its proximity to outstanding whitewashed Greek islands, charming villages & ancient historical cities. Each has a clear-cut character, culture and color. The occupants themselves, known for their filoxenia or, graciousness & hospitality, will welcome you with a smile and ask for you to try their local specialties.

    Even if you are in Athens for simply a couple of days, i urge you to spend a day or two at one of the below destinations. You will be glad you got along. While in Athens, hop on all over to one of the islands of the Argosaronic Gulf.

    The islands off the coast of the Saronic Gulf are ideal one-day pickups. Agistri, Aigina, Hydra, Poros and Spetses are popular destinations amongst the Athenians, indicating their special standing among Greece’s many islands. Cruises that tour the islands in one day are available, as are easy connections from each, should you choose to explore them at your leisure time. Enjoy.

    1. Ancient Olympia

    Where: Prefecture of Elia in southern Pelopponese 320 km (200 miles) south of Athens Why: One of the most sacred ancient centers of religious worship, Olympia, built in honor of Zeus and easily accessible by boat, was chosen as the birthplace of the

    Olympic Games. In times of peace and war, the Greeks would compete for a crown wreath made of olive leaves. The Olympic Museum housing such ancient sports artifacts including bronze athletes’ discuses; bronze strigils used by athletes to scrape the oil and dust off their bodies; and halters, stone or lead weights held by jumpers for greater momentum.

    How to get there: By car, bus or train Approximate travel time from Athens: 4.5 hours by car Don’t miss: The ancient stadium, the ancient gymnasium, the Temple of Zeus, considered to be one of the finest examples of Doric architecture.

    2. Nafplion

    Where: 145 kilometer (90 miles) southwest of Athens

    Why: The first working capital of contemporary Greece, Nafplion, has one of the top pleasant ports and marble paved proms in Greece. The Venentian fortress higher up & the mini-castle on the tiny island in the harbor are factors that have held Nafplion one of the most charming towns in the Peloponnese. It is also your ideal home base for day trips to the ancient sites at Argos, Nemea, Mycenae, Tiryns, Epidavros, and Ancient Corinth.

    How to go there: By car, bus or train Approximate travelling time from Athens: 3 hours Don’t miss: Venetian Fortress of Palamidi; Bourtzi, the mini castle on a mini island in the harbor (a boat will take you there in the summer). Beaches: Arvanitia, Karathonas Must try: An ice-cream sundae at one of the numerous cafes on the promenade.

    3. Spetses

    Where: 85 kilometer (53 nautical miles) southwest of Piraeus Why: Horse-drawn carriages through Venetian determined architecture, worldwide nightlife and a favored amongst Athenian aristocracy. How to get there: By high-speed hydrofoil from Piraeus. Connections available from neighbouring islands Hydra & Poros. By car: Drive to Costa (60 minutes) in the Peloponnesian Peninsula & get the 15-min ferry ride over.

    World Travel – 100 Days Abroad (Part 2)

    This second article in a series of articles titled “World Travel – 100 Days Abroad” includes tips and information from our vacation days in Rome…

    Cashing traveller’s cheques

    There are quite a few places advertising that they change traveller’s cheques. We had AMEX ones, as they do not attract any surcharges – $1000 means $1000. We went to the AMEX shop at the Spanish Steps. Never again. My recommendation: find another way to get cash. The queues in the AMEX shop were insane, and we checked a few others over the next few days in case we had just been unlucky – nope they were just as bad. We stood in line for an hour (it wasn’t a very long line – maybe 10 people in front of us). The aircon was hopeless too so we were standing, dripping, with a bunch of other hot smelly people, and the kids were not happy.

    After all that wait, our transaction took about 3 mins.

    Alternative ways to get cash

    Wwe found that most ATM machines would happily allow us to withdraw cash from our credit cards. Even with a surcharge of $5-10, that still beats standing in that AMEX building!

    The Spanish Steps

    The Spanish Steps always has heaps of people sitting on them. When we were there the building at the top had construction happening to it, so the view wasn’t very good for us. However, they are what you’d think – a flight of steps, so don’t expect too much! From there it’s a resonable walk to Piazza del Popolo, then the Villa Borghese, which is a park. That was very relaxing, there’s a gelato cart there, a lovely place to chill out for an hour or so.

    Vatican

    Go early! We caught the train after breakfast, arriving about 10.30am, and I’d suggest an hour earlier whould have been much better. Follow the signs to the Musei Vaticani, if the queue is short, go for it. If the queue is long, consider that there are usually short (or no) queues after about 12pm. So go to St Peter’s first. There will be a queue there as well to go through the x-rays and clothes police, but it moves pretty quickly.

    Tombs of the Popes. This is very interesting. There are a lot of popes buried here (but not all of them) and quite a few of the names we couldn’t read. The most special and emotional was, of course, Pope John Paul II.

    As Pope John Paul II had died recently when we were there, they had 2 guards by it as people crowded around. They had a special area for praying. No flashes were allowed (although they didn’t seem to worry about this at any of the others). It was a very simple tomb, set into the ground, with candles lit beside, and some people had left flowers. Just around the corner was St Peter’s tomb. This also had a special praying area.

    Back into the basilica, and the basilica’s museum (EUR5 each adult). Quite an interesting place, they have audio guides – you wear headphones and enter the number of the thing you’re looking at into a handset, and it talks to you about the item.

    Outside, visit the Vatican Post Office to get some unique stamps for your postcards.

    Vatican Museum: You may be approached by a tour guide at the basilica, who will offer to take you to the museum – when we were there the guide wanted EUR37each (including the entrance fee, EUR25 per adult for the tour), however they can’t jump the queue! They claim they can get into the basilica through “a back way”. We declined, so we have no feedback for you on that.

    Inside the museum you head for the Sistine Chapel, following the signs. Don’t hold your breath: the signs don’t lead you immediately to the chapel, but took you through several other areas first. Take a camera! The ceilings of most of the rooms are very beautifully done, some with paintings, some with gold artwork.

    After about 2 hours of wandering, you finally make it to the Sistine Chapel, along with about 1000 other people. It will be packed, hardly any room to move. You are not supposed to take photos, or videos and you are supposed to talk quietly. Of course with that many people, the talk is in fact quite loud and there are guards that keep shushing everyone. There are also guards running around stopping people from taking photos (probably only the ones who use flashes, or who are really obvious about taking their photos). A few people were escorted out – they probably hadn’t heeded the message. If you are suttle about it, the other tourists will make a wall around you so the guards don’t see. Funny how these things happen.

    We spent about 20 minutes in the chapel. It was a lot smaller than I imagined it would be. While the art work was good, it wasn’t quite what we had expected. It took at least another half hour to get out of the museum (we kept stopping for photos).

    To prepare for the next stage, we bought the Lonely Planet Italy book and the Michelin Guide – Hotels and Guesthouses for less than EUR100 (for a double room). Those books are excellent, if you have not pre-booked all your accommodation.

    Final Thoughts…

    One thing we noticed was the number of people with mobiles. Even the police who were guarding important things were talking or texting. The guards at the doors of St Peter’s were also concentrating more on their phones than what was going on! Great for a few photos, something to tell your friends about when you get home.

    I’ll submit more articles over the coming weeks, with more tips and ideas about Eurolease (car leasing), Venice, Padua, Pisa (and more Italian highlights), France (various towns plus Paris), Disney (including our Caribbean cruise), Florida and Hawaii.