The importance of our teeth cannot be underestimated. Our smiles and teeth play a huge part in how we look to others and to ourselves. Most importantly - the health of our teeth also affects the health of the rest of our body. When our mouth isn't healthy - the rest of our body suffers.
You may have dreamed about having new permanent teeth but thought it was impossible due to cost and what the procedure would entail. New permanent teeth are possible with All-On-4 dental implants.
New permanent teeth
People have been receiving dental implants for years - the concept is not a new one. All-On-4 is a fairly new process that is changing the way implants are perceived.
One of the problems with regular implants that has stopped many people from enjoying the benefits of implants has been the cost.
Oftentimes people resolve their failing dentition issues by having all of their teeth pulled and having dentures. This may be due to cost or not understanding how implants work. Since dentures can cause problems of their own due to them being ill-fitting and uncomfortable - people may choose to just go without their teeth.
ALL-ON-4 ARE LOWER IN COST
You can say goodbye to ill-fitting dentures. All-On-4 implants only require four implants on the top and four on the bottom. With a lower cost, more people will be able to enjoy permanent teeth while keeping within their budget.
After years of study, dental professionals have found that every tooth replaced does not necessarily need an implant. With All-On-4, four precisely placed implants are strong enough to successfully hold an entire bridge.
Not only is this new process less costly to the patient, but it encourages faster healing and aftercare.
If you aren't familiar with implants
An implant is a small screw made from titanium that is placed inside your jawbone. This small screw replaces the root of the missing tooth. When the screw is set, a crown that looks and functions as a natural tooth is permanently placed on the screw. Usually, there is one implant or screw for each missing tooth.
What Is The All-On-4
With All-On-4 dental implants - for patients who have lost or are going to lose all of their teeth - upper, lower or both, only four implants (screws) are needed to hold each dental arch.
The difference with this procedure versus regular implants is the angle in which the screws are placed. The screws are placed in a tilted position which utilizes the available bone. No bone grafting is needed.
It's never too late
Whether you are going to lose your teeth or if you have lost your teeth years ago - it is never too late to have All-On-4 dental implants.
Even if you have had dentures for years, you may be a good candidate for new permanent teeth. Dentures can be difficult to live with. Chewing and speaking can be a daunting task with dentures.
The All-On-4 can give you permanent teeth again and may be is the answer you have been looking for.
What is the All-On-4 process?
The first thing you need to do is visit your dental professional. He or she will be able to identify if you are a good candidate for All-On-4 dental implants. After a careful examination, your dentist will explain the process to you.
See your new permanent teeth! You will have digital x-rays taken of your mouth and any natural teeth you may still have. The 3-D technology allows your provider to determine the shape of your mouth and what your new teeth should look like according to your facial structure.
You will be able to see computer images of how your new teeth will be. Your teeth will be made exactly to the specifications that will fit your mouth perfectly. Your new teeth will be made in the dental office while you are undergoing the implant procedure.
Your dentist will discuss with you the type of anesthetic that will be used during your procedure.
Depending on whether you are having both upper and/or lower dental arches placed, the four (or eight) titanium screws will be placed. Following this, the arch with your new beautiful permanent teeth will be attached to the screws. The screws will hold your new teeth securely in place.
When you have fewer implants, your total healing time is reduced significantly. Your dentist will give you specific instructions to follow in order for you to recover from the All-On-4 dental implant procedure including:
- Oral hygiene
Your case is individual and no two procedures are the same. You will be able to discuss your post-procedure concerns with your dentist.
Once the procedure is completed, you will look in the mirror to see your new permanent teeth. Your original smile that you have missed will be a welcome sight. You will be able to go home to follow your dentist's recommendations for aftercare. He or she will want you to have a follow up exam in a few days or as directed. In the meantime, you can enjoy the look and feel of your new permanent teeth!