Restore your oral health with the help of All-on-4 implants.
Did you know that, on average, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have about 25 teeth left? A person with a full set of human teeth, including wisdom teeth, should have 32.
Furthermore, 10.13% of adults between 50 and 64 have no teeth at all!
If you suffer from tooth loss, you can take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone — and there are excellent dental restoration methods available to you. Instead of putting up with missing teeth, your smile can shine brighter than ever after a trip to a skilled dental surgeon.
One of the best dental restorations available to people who have lost most or all of their teeth is All-on-4 dental implants. What is All-on-4, and what are the advantages? Let’s find out.
What are All-on-4 implants?
You may have heard that dental implants replace missing teeth. A titanium implant is inserted into the gum to act as a replacement root for the missing tooth. Once the implant has healed and fused with the bone, a crown is mounted on top and the patient has a healthy and permanent replacement tooth that looks and feels very much like a natural tooth.
This is an excellent procedure when a patient is missing one or just a few teeth. However, what if the patient needs an entire arch? While technically it is possible to implant most teeth, it would be a long process and may require bone grafting and other procedures if the patient has experienced bone loss, which is caused when the jawbone is unsupported for some time
This is where All-on-4 implants shine. Instead of rooting each individual tooth, an entire arch is constructed and mounted on just four implants. Depending on the condition of the patient’s bone and other factors, the dentist may choose to use five or six implants. However, four is most common.
Advantages of All-on-4 Implants
There are many benefits of the All-on-4 implant system. Let’s look closer.
Permanent, Natural-Looking Solution
First off, both dental implants and the All-on-4 system are the closest tooth replacement options to natural teeth. The replacement teeth are firmly rooted in your mouth, similar to real teeth. You can talk, eat, speak, and more without worry that your teeth will shift or slip in your mouth.
The arch will be expertly crafted to look just like a set of real teeth. Once the system is installed, it’s virtually impossible to tell the teeth aren’t growing out of your gums.
Cleaning is a breeze.
Caring for your dental implants is exactly the same as caring for real teeth. Simply brush and floss twice a day as you normally should. Visit your dentist twice yearly so they can check the implant and keep an eye out for any signs of gum disease.
A very exciting thing about implants is that since they are not real teeth, you never have to worry about getting a cavity in your false teeth.
Of course, while this is a reason to rejoice, it doesn’t mean you can forget dental hygiene. You can still get gum disease in the surrounding tissue. Plus, poor dental hygiene can contribute to implant failure, so be sure to keep up your cleaning regime as previously described.
Single dental implants require two or more visits to the dentist. One for the initial implantation surgery and one to mount the crown. Additional visits may be required if the patient needs bone grafts or other preparation work.
The All-on-4 system, however, is usually mounted the same day as the implant surgery. It will be a long visit at the dentist, but it will only be one trip.
Furthermore, the four implants typically heal and fuse faster than just one, shortening recovery time.
Less Need for Bone Grafting
For a single dental implant, the titanium post is inserted vertically into the jawbone. All-on-4 implants work a bit differently. The two in the front are placed vertically, but the two in the back are placed at a 45-degree angle. This gives the structure more support.
Plus, because of this positioning, the patient doesn’t require as much healthy bone, making it less likely they will need bone grafts.
Finally, when a patient needs to replace most or all of their teeth, the All-on-4 system costs less than replacing each tooth individually.
Concerns With All-on-4 Implants
As with anything, there are both pros and cons. One potentially major concern with All-on-4 for some patients is bridge bulk. The inside of the arch is a bit thicker than what the patient is used to with their natural teeth. This can feel strange and can cause difficulty making certain sounds when speaking. Many people can retrain their muscles and adapt to the feel of bridge bulk, but you should be aware of the possibility that this may be difficult for some time.
Why choose All-on-4 implants?
All-on-4 dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option for people who have experienced tooth loss. They are a cost-effective, long-lasting solution that looks and feels like real teeth, giving you the brilliant smile you deserve.
How do you know when to choose All-on-4 and when to go with traditional implants? Generally, if you only have one or two missing teeth, implants are a better choice. However, in some cases, it makes more sense to install the All-on-4 system. Consult with Dr. Bentz and the team in East Norriton for the best course of action for your situation.