ALL-ON-4 DENTAL IMPLANTS
The American Dental Association reports that over 35 million Americans are suffering from missing one or more teeth. Did you know that there are many risks to your physical health that are associated with missing teeth? In addition to the pain and low self-esteem, you might feel, missing teeth can also cause various oral diseases, like periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has also been linked to heart attacks, strokes, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. There are many different ways that your missing teeth can be replaced to restore your smile. Traditional methods such as dentures or bridges replace just the crown portion of the tooth. Dental implants are the only solution that replaces the entire tooth down to the root.
What are All-On-Four dental implants?
All-On-Four implants are a permanent form or replacement teeth used to replace a full arch or full set of teeth. All-On-Four implants aren't used to replace a single missing tooth. They are an entire arch of artificial teeth that are set into place on just four implant fixtures. All-On-Four dental implants also protect any remaining teeth you have, your jawbone, and they even support the structure of your face.
How are they different from dentures?
All-On-Four implants won't move around or shift out of place like traditional dentures would because they are integrated with your existing jaw bone, which also prevents any future bone loss from decay or other dental issues. They are also more cost-friendly because they are designed to last a lifetime. Not to mention the fact that you don't need any extra tools or cleaning solutions to maintain them.
How are All-On-Four Implants Placed?
You will be under sedation or general anesthesia, and your dentist will place the dental implants with temporary crowns on top of them so that your mouth has time to heal before the permanent crowns are introduced. Your gum tissue needs time to heal so that the implants can fully integrate with your jaw bone. The procedure takes about two and a half or three hours per arch. The permanent crowns are custom made for every individual patient, from color, size, and shape.
Why should I get All-On-Four implants?
Anybody who is suffering from tooth loss or decay and who wants to restore the full function of their mouth and teeth should take advantage of dental implants. Not only will these implants replace your missing teeth and restore your smile, but they will also restore your self-confidence, self-esteem, and improve your overall quality of life.
Patients who decide to ignore the issues they have with their teeth will deal with further pain, embarrassment, and a decline in their overall health. The All-On-Four dental implant procedure saves you time and money in the long run, has a shorter average healing time, and takes away the emotional stresses you might feel due to the state of your teeth. Another benefit of the All-On-Four implants is how easy they are to maintain. With a daily oral hygiene routine, as well as regular visits to your dentist, your new teeth will stay clean and healthy, and your smile will stay beautiful. You don't have to worry about taking these out at night to clean them the way you would if you had traditional dentures. They are a permanent part of your smile, which means you treat them the same way you would treat your natural teeth.
This procedure is completed quickly, and shortly afterward, you will experience a drastic improvement in your ability to chew and speak with ease, your overall appearance, stability, and total comfort. You won't need any bone grafts, and there's only one surgery. With All-On-Four implants, you can eat without hesitation, smile with confidence, and have a long-lasting smile.
All-On-Fours might be replacement teeth, but you will still be able to feel the temperature of your food, and taste things the way you would with natural teeth. All-On-Fours are also much more comfortable than dentures because they don't uncomfortably press down on your gum line. They also can withstand a bite force of around 70% more than dentures so that you can eat all of your favorite foods without fear.
This procedure is highly recommended for patients who are missing teeth, who are currently wearing dentures, and those who need full upper or lower restorations. Remember, only your dentist can recommend the right treatment plan for your specific needs, and we will work with you to determine what best meets your health and financial situations.
What type of care and maintenance do they require?
Since dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth, they should be taken care of just as your natural teeth would. Routine brushing and flossing, combined with regular check-ups and cleanings are all you need to maintain your beautiful new smile. Our team will also review all care instructions with you come up with the best daily oral hygiene plan to fit your needs.
Are you considering dentures?
Dentures definitely aren't for everyone. They can move around and even fall out of place entirely. You have to take them out to clean them and put them back in place using messy adhesives. There are some distinct advantages to living in a world with modern technology.
With All-On-Fours, you won't have to worry about what you eat. They won't get lost or misplaced, they won't fall out of place, and unlike dentures, you don't have to take these out every night to clean them.
Who Should Take Advantage of All-On-Fours?
That answer is easy! Anybody who is dealing with missing or broken teeth, and wants to have a full set of permanent teeth to replace them should look into getting All-On-Fours®. This revolutionary procedure offers patients the chance to live life to the fullest by giving them a chance to have a brand new smile.
Benefits of All-On-Fours:
All-On-Four implants are more cost-efficient than dentures because they can last for a lifetime. Using a minimally invasive procedure performed by expertly trained hands, these implants are placed in one visit. On the same day of the procedure, you will leave our office with a temporarily fixed, full-arch set of teeth!
This procedure is done using a unique computer-guided technology so that your dentist can see where the highest density of bone is without having to use bone grafts, which saves you from having any added expenses or more prolonged recovery time.
Not only does this process restore the function and appearance of your smile, as well as save you money, but it also helps prevent any further bone loss. These implants act like a support system for the existing bone in your jaw, which gives them something to hold onto.
The Procedure For Getting All-On-4® Implants:
This is an advanced procedure, so a highly-trained dentist will use specific computer technology to determine the best placement of the implants. Then he will insert them directly into the bone through a small guide hole. The implant itself is a small titanium screw that sits inside your jaw and acts as the root for the artificial tooth. Titanium is the best material for these implants because of its strength and long lifespan.
A temporary crown is put into place so that you can smile and eat comfortably while your jaw heals and adjusts to the new implants. Once this process is complete, the implants will be as strong as a real, natural tooth.
This entire healing time is usually around a few months, after which you will be fitted with a full-arch set of teeth that is custom made for you. It is color-matched, as well as shaped and sized accordingly.
Maintenance of the All-On-Four Implants:
Once your new dental appliances are placed, you will be able to eat your favorite foods and speak normally as you would with real teeth. Keeping your new smile healthy and clean is as easy as brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and following a maintenance schedule with your favorite dental team, like having regular cleanings and exams.
This part is especially important because your dentist will inspect all of the pieces of your All-on-4® implant system and make sure that your implants are doing what they're supposed to do and that your smile is in tip-top shape.
If you are experiencing tooth loss or decay, and you are tired of feeling like you are out of options for your smile, we can help.
Contact our office today for more information on how we can make you smile today!