All-On-4 Implants: Always About Smiles
All-On-4 Implants: The Best Treatment For Extensive Tooth Loss
Dental implants are perhaps the best option for replacing individual missing teeth. Because the implants actually anchor and fuse directly with the jawbone, they reinforce and strengthen the surrounding teeth and tissue, while preventing bone loss through resorption. They also feel far more natural than removable dentures, and can almost completely restore bite strength.
However, if you’re missing an entire arch of teeth, or even a whole mouthful, individually installing implants to replace each missing tooth can be redundant and unnecessary. In fact, it might not even be possible if you’ve already experienced significant bone loss.
But now, there’s an oral rehabilitation technique that has been rapidly gaining ground in the world of dentistry, which can recreate a whole arch of teeth on a conservative and minimal number of implants; typically only 4 or 6. Let’s take a look at All-On-4 Implants and why they’re better for certain patients.
What Is An All-On-4 Implant Denture?
An All-On-4 implant is a special kind of dental implant that uses a denture-like arch of non-removable replacement teeth, rather than removable false teeth. The full arch prosthesis can be secured in your mouth with just four implants embedded in the bone, hence the name ‘All-On-4’.
There are variants of All-On-4 implants, known as All-On-6 and All-On-8, that use six and eight implants respectively. These are more complex, but offer more strength and reliability.
What Makes All-On-4 Implants Better For Patients With Tooth & Bone Loss?
Because they use far fewer implants screwed into the jawbone, All-On-4 implants and their variants are far less invasive than using a dental implant for each missing tooth. In fact, they can usually be installed in just a single procedure. This means less surgery, less time spent healing and recovering between procedures, and of course less expense.
In addition, All-On-4 implants still carry many of the benefits of dental implants, including preserving the jawbone for support of implants and teeth. With the right care, they can also be strategically installed in patients who already have extensive bone loss that contraindicates them for conventional removable full dentures.
All-On-4 Implants At Always About Smiles
To know whether you should go for traditional or All-On-4 implants, you need a comprehensive exam and consultation with an experienced dentist with advanced training who performs these procedures regularly.
At Always About Smiles, our specialists have the training and expertise to identify your needs. We’ve spent years providing the people of Bethlehem, PA with the latest innovations in dental care, and you could be the next recipient of this care. Contact us now to schedule an appointment!