Over 35 million Americans suffer from missing teeth as reported by the American Dental Association. And did you know that there are many health risks associated with missing teeth? In addition to the pain, suffering, embarrassment and low self-esteem, missing teeth can also cause oral diseases like periodontal disease, a bacterially-induced chronic infection and inflammatory disease. Periodontal disease has also been linked to heart attacks, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. There are many types of implants. Traditional methods such as dentures or bridges replace just the crown portion of the tooth. Dental implants are the only solution that replaces the tooth from the root.
What are All-On-Four dental implants?
They are a permanent form or replacement teeth used to replace a full arch. They aren’t typically used to replace a single tooth, however. Traditional implants require at least 6 implants, but with the All-On-Fours, as few as four dental implants can give you a permanent implant-supported full set of teeth in as little as one day. All-On-Four dental implants also protect any remaining teeth you may have, preserve the jaw bone, and improve and support your facial structure.
How are they different from dentures?
They won’t slip or come loose like dentures would because they are fused with your existing jaw bone, which also prevents any future bone loss. Ten years ago, people didn’t know that this was an option for their missing teeth, but now, more patients are requesting them specifically. They are also more cost effective because they don’t have to be removed for cleaning and they are designed to last a lifetime. Not to mention the fact that you don’t need any extra tools or solutions to maintain them.
How are they implanted?
Under sedation or general anesthesia, your dentist will place the implants and put temporary teeth on top of them so that your mouth has time to heal before the permanent ones will be introduced so that your gum tissue has time to heal and the implants can fully fuse to your jaw bone. The procedure takes about 2.5-3 hours per arch. These permanent teeth are customized to each and every patient, and help to preserve the jawbone and prevent any further deterioration of the facial structure that’s associated with missing teeth and a lack of the root system that supports them.
Why should I get them?
Anybody who suffers from tooth loss and decay and who wants to regain full functionality of their mouth. Not only will these implants restore your facial structure and teeth, but they will also restore your self-confidence and quality of living.
Those who decide not to treat their failing oral health experience pain, embarrassment, annoying denture adhesive products, and a decline in overall health. The All-On-Four dental implant procedure saves times and money, has a shorter average healing time, and takes away any emotional stress you feel if you don’t like how you look or feel. Another benefit of the All-On-Four implants is how easy they are to care for. With daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular visits to your dentist, your new teeth will stay clean and healthy. You don’t have to worry about taking them out at night to clean them like you would with dentures. They are a permanent fixture in your mouth, which means you treat them as you would real teeth. Your dental implants never have to be removed, and your teeth can last a lifetime.
This oral and maxillofacial procedure is done so quickly and afterward, you will experience a dramatic improvement in your chewing ability, appearance, teeth stability, and overall comfort. You won’t need any kind of bone graft, there’s only one surgery, and they are deep set so they won’t come loose at all. With All-On-Fours you can eat without reservations, smile without embarrassment, have a long-lasting smile, and more easily care for your teeth.
You will be able to feel the hot and cold temperatures of your food, as well as the taste. And All-On-Fours are more comfortable because they don’t press down on your gum line in the way that traditional dentures do. They also allow you to bite down with about 70% more force than before so you can eat all of your favorite foods again without reservations.
The All-On-Four procedure is recommended for those with failing teeth or no teeth, those currently wearing dentures, and those in need of full upper and/or lower restorations. However, only your dentist can recommend the right treatment plan unique to you and we will work with you to determine what best meets your health needs and financial situation.
What type of oral health care do they require?
Since dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, they should be treated like your natural teeth with daily brushing and flossing. Our team of specialists and dental hygienists will review oral hygiene instructions with you and recommend the most appropriate daily oral hygiene plan to fit your specific needs.
Dr. Travis Kendall