All-on-4 may just be the dental implant option you need.
Are missing teeth affecting your smile? If so, then your dentist may recommend dental implants to replace those teeth and help restore your appearance and improve your quality of life.
As you learn about your available options, you may wonder if it’s a good idea to replace your upper and lower teeth at the same time. Should you undergo both treatments at once or space them out?
Today, we’re here to answer that question and explain the benefits of an All-on-4 dental implant treatment.
Why do missing teeth matter?
One or more missing teeth missing can create many challenges in your routine, everyday life. Not only do they affect the look of your smile, but they can also lead to difficulties with your speech. You may also find it challenging to eat or drink as usual.
If left untreated, missing teeth can also cause changes to your face shape, jaw structure, and bite. When your jawbone no longer receives nutrients from your tooth roots, it will begin to slowly deteriorate in that region. At the same time, your remaining, adjacent teeth can start to shift in your mouth.
This can be a physically and emotionally painful experience, but there are treatments that can help. All-on-4 dental implants can completely transform your smile and your life.
What are All-on-4 dental implants?
For years, dentists have used dental implants and dentures to create a natural-looking smile for patients with missing teeth. All-on-4 implants leverage the power of both of these treatments.
With this approach, dentists can replace all of the teeth on a patient’s upper or lower jaw with only four dental implants secured onto a custom, full-arch dental bridge. The implant consists of a small, titanium screw that fits inside of your jawbone, acting as the “root” of your missing tooth. Once the implant fully fuses with your jawbone, your dentist will attach a realistic, fully functional crown on top of it.
At this point, you may be asking, “What if I have more than four missing teeth on the top or bottom?” This is where the beauty of this treatment comes in. Your dentist can secure a full arch of teeth using just those four implants!
Instead of surgically replacing every one of your missing teeth individually, All-on-4 implants allow you to take care of the issue quicker and more effectively than ever before.
Benefits of All-on-4
If your teeth are missing or heavily decayed, then you have a few different options to consider. Your dentist will review your complete medical history, take digital X-rays of your entire mouth, and perform a clinical evaluation to make sure this is the right treatment for you.
Let’s take a look at why many patients prefer this form of tooth replacement.
It can be time-consuming and costly to replace missing teeth on an individual basis. With All-on-4-implants, you can achieve a full mouth restoration much more quickly. Most patients will only need to schedule one visit to complete the entire procedure!
Before this treatment was available, you would need to schedule multiple visits and procedures to achieve the same results. This can take over a year or more.
Now, you can start reaping the benefits sooner. Most patients find that their overall comfort level improves right away, along with their chewing and speaking abilities. You may even be able to start eating soft foods on the same day.
All-on-4 dental implants help preserve your jawbone by restoring your full set of missing teeth. With this new artificial root system, you can prevent your facial structure from deteriorating even further. This treatment is even suitable for patients whose current jawbone volume isn’t adequate enough to support a full set of individual implants.
These implants improve the physical function of your mouth, as well as its appearance. They also allow patients to reverse premature signs of aging caused by missing bone and tooth structures.
Easy to Maintain
Your new implants are easy to care for and maintain. You’ll treat them just like your natural teeth! This means they can look great and stay healthy as long as you perform the three pillars of at-home oral care: brushing, flossing, and scheduling preventive appointments with our team.
Our implants are made of a special liquid ceramic that closely replicates the distinct translucency and sheen of your natural teeth. We’ll use this material to design your full top and bottom arch.
This way, we can recreate your smile’s natural aesthetics, all while restoring the health and function of your teeth. This is the most true-to-life approach to replacing missing teeth. In fact, no one will know they aren’t real unless you tell them!
If you’ve been living with conventional dentures, then you may understand the emotional stress associated with this type of dental treatment. While removable dentures can help restore your smile, they aren’t guaranteed to stay in place. This means they may slip or slide around while you’re talking or eating.
Our dental implants are fixed into place, which means they will not come out. They do not rely on your gum tissue for support and can securely absorb force as you bite or chew. This will give you the confidence to resume your daily activities with ease!
Consider replacing your lower and upper teeth at once with All-on-4 implants.
Now that you know a little more about this dental treatment, you can speak to your dentist about your options moving forward. Our All-on-4 implants allow you to replace your upper and lower teeth at the same time, usually in the same visit.
If you’ve grown tired of your conventional dentures or don’t qualify for individual implants, these can be an ideal alternative. They’re also quicker, easier, and more efficient than some other options.
All-on-4 implants can be an excellent way to restore your smile, confidence, and quality of life. To learn more about this procedure, we encourage you to reach out to our office today.