Dental implants are held up as the modern standard for tooth replacement, but you probably aren’t looking forward to getting a separate implant for each missing tooth, especially if you have an entire arch that needs to be replaced. Luckily, you don’t need to; here at NU Dental Eatontown, Dr. Gizachew can give patients a long-lasting, permanent smile with the fewest number of implants thanks to the All-on-4 procedure. Call us today to schedule a consultation and get started.
Dental implants act as new roots for prosthetic teeth, allowing them to completely replicate the structure of your natural teeth. Since implants need a certain amount of jawbone density to support them, people who have suffered bone loss in their jaws may need bone grafts before they can have traditional implant surgery done. However, the All-on-4 procedure gets around this problem and lets you enjoy new teeth with a minimal number of implants. The posts are placed so that they can take advantage of the thickest areas of the jawbone, giving them enough strength and stability to support a full denture.
Almost any healthy adults who has lost an entire row of teeth might be a candidate for the All-on-4 procedure, even if they don’t currently qualify for a traditional implant treatment. Bone grafts usually aren’t necessary because of the way the implants are placed, so you can enjoy the benefits of new teeth that much sooner. You do need to make sure that any gum disease is dealt with before you start the treatment; otherwise, the infection could damage the tissues holding your implants in place. You also need to work on breaking any bad oral habits like smoking that could lead to dental implant failure.
There are several important advantages to getting All-on-4 implants. Your new denture will be permanently anchored to your mouth and can easily be brushed and flossed in the same manner as your natural teeth. The implant posts will stimulate the jawbone to help preserve it, and they’ll give you greater bite force and chewing power for enjoying all kinds of foods. Once your implants bond with your jaw and have been restored with a full denture, your new teeth will look and feel completely natural.
It can take as many as eight traditionally placed implants to support a full denture, which makes the All-on-4 procedure a much more conservative solution. Also, the All-on-4 procedure lets you avoid bone grafting, which could potentially add several months to your treatment plan. Finally, unlike traditional implants that can only be restored after your mouth has completely healed, All-on-4 implants are often able to support a full set of new teeth on the same day that they’re placed in your mouth.