If you’re someone who hates smiling for pictures because you’re embarrassed about your teeth, All-On-Four® dental implants may be an option. These innovative implants provide a solution for people who have experienced issues with dentures or bridges. Our doctors at The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry can discuss the possibility of All-On-Four dental implants, as well as other types of restorative dental work.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small threaded posts, which are surgically implanted into the jawbone below the gum line. Replacement teeth are then mounted onto them. Dental implants can be restored by crowns and bridges. Additionally, they can help stabilize dentures and keep them from slipping, a common complaint for those who wear these types of prostheses. According to Colgate, “For some people, ordinary bridges and dentures are simply not comfortable or even possible, due to sore spots, poor ridges or gagging.”
Patients who choose implant-supported restorations can also forgo preparing or grinding down adjacent teeth – a step that is necessary to support traditional restorations, such as dental bridges. As one of the most versatile treatments in dentistry, implants can achieve single, multiple, or full-mouth teeth replacement.
What are All-On-Four dental implants?
With All-On-Four implants, the doctor can attach an entire row of upper or lower teeth using only four precisely placed implants. They are also referred to as full-arch fixed implant bridges.
To perform this treatment, your doctor will place two implants vertically near the front of the jaw and two angled implants near the back of the jaw. This balances forces evenly across the bite for optimal stability. Once in place, a fixed full-arch bridge is attached to the implant posts, providing patients with a beautiful, functional, natural-looking smile.
How are All-On-Four dental implants different?
Individuals seeking standard dental implants require sufficient bone density to support the posts. With All-On-Four, patients who were once ineligible for implants can now qualify for this type of treatment. Additionally, All-On-Four dental implants do not typically require bone grafting. All you need is four implants to hold the bridge in place.
One of the biggest advantages of All-On-Four is that you can often have a fixed prosthesis placed on the same day. In contrast, standard dental implants usually require several months of healing before the final restoration can be attached.
What are the benefits of All-On-Four dental implants?
Along with helping to stop dentures from slipping, there are other benefits from choosing All-On-Four dental implants:
- Eliminate the need for bone grafting, which is invasive, uncomfortable and expensive
- Help with speech issues caused by dentures
- Help those who have a hard time adapting to bridge thickness
- Increased proprioception – The ability of an implant to sense the force of a bite (much like natural teeth)
Who should consider All-On-Four dental implants?
We often recommend All-On-Four dental implants for patients who need to replace all or the majority of their teeth. It may also be a good option if you have low bone volume or are unable to have a bone graft due to another health condition like diabetes or osteoporosis. If you have previously been told you do not qualify for dental implants due to bone loss, ask your dentist about the All-On-Four technique. It could be a solution for you.
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