Looking older than your actual age can be disheartening for many people. One thing that can add years to your look is the condition of your teeth. Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. The lack of a smile can make you seem unapproachable or sad. Your acquaintances, friends and family may wonder why you are so glum.
Why dental implants?
Dental implants can give you an entirely new feeling of confidence and well-being. When you have new, straight, white, permanent teeth you will be amazed at how much younger you look and feel. There are several dental conditions that can be solved with All-On-4 dental implants.
- Bone loss
- Crooked teeth
- Gum disease
- Loose teeth
- Missing teeth
- Poor fitting full or partial dentures
Bone loss. Bone loss is a common reason for implants. It is caused by the gradual loss of the underlying jawbone as well as the ligaments that connect the teeth to the bone. Jawbone loss can be caused by missing teeth that have not been replaced and gum disease. A deteriorating jawbone can give your face a sunken look and can make you look much older than you are.
Crooked teeth. Dental implants are not usually recommended for crooked teeth. However, if your teeth are severely damaged, badly positioned or extremely crooked, you may be a candidate for All-On-4 implants.
Gum disease. Gum disease is a very serious condition that can cause you to lose your teeth. In many cases, people may not even realize how serious it is until your teeth become loose. Gums become red, painful, swollen and bleeding may occur.
Loose or missing teeth. If your teeth become loose and cannot be saved – or if you have missing teeth, implants will be able to restore your mouth to its youthful look.
Poor fitting partial or full denture. Ill-fitting partials or full dentures can be painful as well as make you feel self-conscious. Because they slip or move - eating and speaking may be difficult. You may even have to give up certain foods because you aren’t able to chew well, and you may find that you are reluctant to join in conversations. With All-On-4 implants, your teeth are permanent and won’t slip or slide as traditional dentures do.
You can preserve your appearance with All-On-4 dental implants
Once you and your dental professional have determined that you are a good candidate for All-on-4 dental implants – the process will begin.
You will start out with temporary but very natural looking teeth. In order to have your teeth made to fit exactly right - impressions of your mouth and a 3D scan of your mouth will be taken and will be sent to a professional dental lab to be fabricated.
When your temporary teeth are complete, you will schedule an appointment for your implants. Your dentist will explain the process of extracting any diseased teeth as well as the type of sedation he or she recommends to use during the procedure.
All-On-4 Dental Implants
The idea behind All-On-4 is that four titanium posts are strategically placed at 45-degree angles (four upper and four lower) in order to increase the stability and strength for the teeth. The angle (or tilt) of the implants is important in order to avoid damage to the sinus cavities surrounding the upper jaw – and to anchor securely into the jawbone.
Once the posts are in place, your new (temporary) teeth will be placed and affixed to the posts. The entire procedure can usually be done in one day.
Your dentist will monitor you during the healing process. It usually takes about three to six months for your implants to fully heal. Once they are completely healed, the temporary teeth will be removed and replaced by your permanent teeth. Your dentist will make minor adjustments to get just the right look so that you are completely happy with your new smile.
Don’t let your teeth add years to your look. Your teeth say a lot about your age – and not just chronologically. When you live an active and busy life and feel younger than you are, you want to look that way as well. Don’t let your teeth add years to your look – visit your dentist to see if you are a candidate for All-On-4 dental implants.