If you are missing all the teeth from the top or bottom of your mouth, dental implants can replace your missing teeth permanently. Before you think this type of dental restoration isn’t in the cards for you, it’s time learn about All-On-4. Your entire arch of teeth can be replaced in one procedure.
How All-On-4 Dental Implants Work
It is daunting to think about how you could possibly have every one of your missing teeth replaced. What many people don’t realize is there is an option beyond dentures. All-On-4 is a dental implant oral surgery that uses just four dental implants to replace an entire arch of teeth.
Instead of one implant per tooth – that would be 14 teeth on the top and 14 on the bottom (presuming you had your wisdom teeth removed)! – four dental implants are strategically placed within the jaw to hold the prosthetic teeth permanently in place. Your Johns Creek dentist will identify the parts of your jawbone that have the highest bone volume, so the area and surrounding tissues will accept the implants without any complications and promote good healing of the surgical area.
The healing process will take several months to complete but, once your mouth is ready, your customized and natural-looking prosthetic teeth will be securely attached. Your dentist will use either dental bridges or dentures (without adhesives or palate covering) for this part of the dental restoration. And then you’re done, with beautiful, secure teeth in your mouth for good.
All-On-4: A Step Beyond Dentures
Dentures are an excellent tooth replacement solution and many people have happily replaced their missing teeth with dentures. Many patients, however, have complaints about the fit and feel of dentures. They don’t like the adhesive, especially when it’s unreliable, and they are constantly worried that the dentures will slip or slide around in their mouth while they’re speaking or eating.
These are all valid concerns. But you don’t have to live without teeth just because you dislike the idea of living with dentures. Dentures come in different forms – complete, partial, and permanent – and the right solution can be adjusted for your tooth replacement needs, especially if you only need to replace several teeth and not all of them. Your tooth replacement options are broad, and there is a solution for every patient.
People who are determined to entirely avoid the stigma of dentures take a great interest in dental implants. All-On-4 offers all the benefits of permanent tooth replacement and dentures or dental bridges and wraps them into one solid, long-lasting solution.
At Family & Cosmetic Dental Care, find out how oral surgery and All-On-4 dental implants can give you the smile makeover that will last. Our dental practice serves the residents of Johns Creek, Duluth, Alpharetta, Suwanee, and the surrounding areas. Schedule your appointment to talk about the restorative dentistry that’s right for you.