Implants and dentures both work well to correct missing teeth problems. However, if you need to replace all your upper teeth for example dental implants can be expensive. Thankfully, there are more permanent ways than just getting dentures without costing you a fortune. The most advanced and reliable of these techniques is called All-On-4® Dental Implants.
What are All-On-4® Dental Implants
In a nutshell, these are lifelike prosthetic teeth permanently attached to your jawbone in four places similar to an implant. They look and function like real teeth, including being able to brush and floss and eat and drink foods that are typically problematic for people with dental issues. Think of this solution as bringing the best characteristics of dentures and implants into one system. All-On-4® implants offer patients another option when choosing between dentures and implants.
Getting All-On-4®implants will quickly restore the function of your whole stomatognathic system, which includes the mouth and jaws, as well as all nerves, muscles, and joints in the area. Like traditional dental implants, All-On-4® replaces lost teeth and gum tissues while supporting facial features. When teeth are missing, your jawbone loses mass and the lower third part of your face suffers a “bite collapse” and starts to look hollow. Removable dentures really don’t help and instead can lead to more bone loss. People experiencing this might start to feel less confident and withdrawn, therefore restoring these structures through implants will also make you appear fuller and younger. All-On-4® Dental implants can help restore your ability to chew tough foods, eat fresh fruits, and vegetables, speak confidently and smile.
What to Expect
An implant is a small post shaped like a screw that is inserted into the bone beneath your gums. They work to replace the root of your old teeth. They are normally made of titanium, which can fuse into existing bones through osseointegration. This is the reason they are reliable and sturdy. Surgery will be done so these dental implants are inserted into your jawbone. Afterward, your dentist will attach fixed bridges that will work and feel like real teeth. To restore a full upper mouth of teeth, only a minimum four implants are needed, so everything can be done in one day!
In your initial visit, your dentist will look at the current state of your jaw and mouth to check if All-On-4® implants are a good option. CT scans will be taken to identify an ideal location for the implants. Your dentist will use computer simulation to plan where implants will be positioned and to fabricate a surgical template.
Surgery comes next; first to remove existing teeth, then to shape bones, and to insert the four studs. If the patient has experienced significant bone loss, this will take a lot of skill, experience, and careful planning.
Once the implants are ready, temporary replacement teeth made of acrylic are attached via abutments. These are connectors that will make attachment to implants possible. These teeth will eventually be replaced, but they are necessary to facilitate healing after the surgery.
The total healing period is expected to take around three months. In this time, the implants will bond with the existing bone. It is recommended to take it easy for the first 6 to 8 weeks, so tough food should be avoided. Should these implants move even just a little in this time, it can lead to failure. So stick to a soft diet to be sure.
After osseointegration is completed, your temporary teeth are replaced with the permanent ones. You can expect your new permanent teeth to be made of strong and durable materials. They will look and feel like natural teeth and stabilize and support each other, making your new set of teeth strong and capable of functioning like real ones.
The advancement of technology has provided more options for patients to replace teeth; so there is no need to suffer limiting your diet and being ashamed of your hollowed cheeks. Moreover, because you only need a minimum of four implants, the cost of this procedure will be much less than traditional implants.
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