Tooth loss is incredibly distressing. It affects all facets of a patient’s life—especially oral health and emotional well-being. The toll that tooth loss takes on a person is profound. Activities that were once done with ease, like eating and speaking, become cumbersome. Moreover, the trauma of losing teeth can make a person feel embarrassed and isolated. Fortunately, edentulous patients do not have to suffer. There are new, natural looking methods to replace lost teeth with dental implants. One method, All-on-4 implants, secures a complete set of prosthetic teeth to four, small dental implants. In just one procedure, patients can reclaim their self-confidence and ultimately regain oral function.
What is All-on-4?
Dental implants are a revolutionary way to replace lost teeth. Instead of traditional prosthetics, where the bridge or denture rests on top of the gums, implants are anchored into the jawbone permanently. An implant is a titanium post that is surgically inserted in the jaw and over time, bone will fuse around it through a biological process called osseointegration. The titanium posts will function like the roots of teeth and will be used to secure prosthetics. Since implants support prosthetics, patients can eat a variety of foods with ease and comfort.
Will my smile look natural?
The materials used to make today’s prosthetics are very lifelike. For example, porcelain closely mimics the appearance of biological teeth and acrylics resemble the color and texture of the gums. These prosthetics are also custom made for each patient, which means they will perfectly complement the shape and size of one’s mouth. Since custom dentures are attached to implants, they will not move or slip in the mouth when speaking or eating.
Is everyone a candidate for All-on-4?
Many people are surprised to learn they are candidates for this procedure—even if they have worn dentures for years. Those receiving implants should be healthy enough for oral surgery and non-smokers.
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