All-On-Four Dental Implants
Dental implants are the healthiest way to replace missing or badly damaged teeth because they function as roots for your teeth and provide a stable foundation for crowns, bridges, and dentures. If you have had missing teeth or have been wearing dentures for a while, your jawbone may not be thick enough to have dental implants placed. If that’s the case, our permanent teeth replacement, also known as all-on-4 dental implants option can be a life-changing procedure. This is a state-of-the-art procedure that uses four dental implants to secure a full set of dentures.
What is the All-on-4® approach to dental implants?
If a patient has extensive tooth loss, we may opt for the All-on-4® approach. This can be an option if the patient has lost all of the upper or lower teeth, or if the remaining teeth are so badly damaged that they need to be extracted. To replace all of the teeth with implants is impractical: there are 28 total teeth in the human mouth! Instead, this approach uses four implants on the upper jaw and four implants on the lower jaw to anchor a fixed full-arch prosthetic.
How are All-on-4 Dental Implants Different?
The All-On-Four Process
The implant process is the same as with an individual Teeth in a Day implant. The four or eight implants are all placed. The one difference is that the back implants on each side are placed at up to a 45° angle for added stability and to avoid the need for bone grafting (depending on the amount of bone loss).
Once these implants are in place, we attach a temporary full set of teeth onto your implants. These are temporary teeth that will stay in your mouth while the implants integrate into the jaw. During this time, we have your permanent full-arch prosthetic or prosthetics created. When your implants are fully part of your jawbone, you return and we remove the temporary teeth and place your permanent full-arch prosthetic.
Ideal Candidates for Permanent Teeth Replacement
You may be able to receive permanent teeth replacements even if your jaw is too thin for traditional implants. Dr. Das is an implant expert with a great deal of experience placing different types of implants. He will examine your mouth and jawbone structure extensively to figure out which type of implant suits you best.
Before & After All-on-Four Dental Implants
Benefits of Permanent Teeth Replacement
Dr. Das explains the benefits of the permanent teeth replacement procedure.
The benefits of permanent teeth replacement are numerous, but perhaps the biggest advantage is that you get the best of both worlds when it comes to dental implants and full dentures. The benefits include the following:
- Only four dental implants are required
- Oral benefits of Dental Implants
- Cost benefits of Dentures
- Dental office time to received permanent teeth replacement is cut down.
You’ll also get the benefit of knowing that you won’t fall victim to bone and gum deterioration. This process provides you implants in your jaw that will be acting as replacement roots for your teeth. Also, the time it takes to plan out and place these special dental implants is much less than that of traditional dental implants. That means you’ll spend less time in our office and more time doing the things that you need or love to do. One thing is for sure: you will have a beautiful, new, functional teeth that you’ll love to show off.
The Dangers of Not Replacing Missing Teeth
When you have made the conscious decision to not replace your missing teeth, not only will your oral health suffer but also your appearance! If your teeth aren’t replaced, the roots of the teeth aren’t replaced. Consequently, having no roots present lead to bone and gum tissue deterioration. When you lose bone and gum tissue in your mouth, the natural teeth that you have left can lose support and begin to shift out of place.
When the bone and gum tissue begins to disappear, your physical appearance will suffer because of it. The main thing that will happen, besides having no teeth to make up a smile, is that your jaw will shrink. When your jaw shrinks, it can change your entire look. This shrinkage can lead to more wrinkles on your face and greatly change your appearance, making you look older. Why change your entire look when you can replace the teeth that you’ve lost with healthy, permanent replacement teeth? We can do that for you at Clear Lake Dental Care!
Improving Your Facial Appearance with All-on-Four Dental Implants
Dr. Das explains the how All on Four Dental Implants can help improve your facial appearance.