All on 4 is a tooth replacement method that involves using dental implants to support full dentures. As an effective stabilizer for dentures, dental implants will hold prosthetic teeth in place during oral function so that patients can eat and speak comfortably. Receiving All on 4 is a one-day, outpatient procedure that is not overly invasive. Our oral surgeon will embed four dental implants in very precise locations throughout the upper and lower jaws so that dentures stay in place permanently.
What are dental implants, exactly?
A dental implant is a small prosthetic used to anchor dentures, crowns, and bridges beneath the gums. When a series of implants are used, they can replace multiple missing teeth – including a full arch of teeth in the upper and lower jaws. Dental implants look somewhat like a screw because they have a ridged texture. They are only a few millimeters wide and are surgically embedded into the jawbone where an abutment juts out. The abutment will be used to hold new teeth.
Why are dental implants made from titanium?
Titanium is a biocompatible metal and it used to construct dental implants. This metal is used because it allows for the natural process of osseointegration, where bone fuses to metal prosthetics. The process of osseointegration is what makes dental implants so durable.
What are the advantages of All on 4?
Conventional dentures lay on top of the gums. The arch of the jaw is what holds them in place. Unfortunately, conventional dentures have limitations – especially since bone deterioration is so common among patients who have suffered with tooth loss. All on 4 provides far more stability than conventional dentures because it gives an additional level of support. The support from dental implants will increase oral function so that patients do not have to endure restrictive diets. Moreover, having dental implants will stop the progression of bone atrophy.
How do I know which tooth replacement method is right for me?
When it comes to tooth replacement, patients have options from which to choose. To make an informed decision – especially if one is considering dental implants – we recommend scheduling a consultation with our oral surgeon.
Contact our office to reserve an appointment and determine if dental implants are right for you!