November 15, 2017
Do you need to replace an entire set of teeth, but the thought of potentially ill-fitting dentures makes you uneasy? Or perhaps you’ve thought about dental implants but feel like it’s unrealistic to replace every tooth with an implant and a dental crown?
Well, you can have the best of both worlds with All-On-4® dental implants! As the name suggests, this innovative teeth replacement solution allows you to anchor a full dental arch prosthetic on just four dental implants.
Read on to learn more about All-On-4 dental implants, as well as other teeth replacement solutions that leverage the power of dental implants for added durability and security. Then, give Appalachian Dental Care in Boone, NC a call at 828-355-5673 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Airey. He has extensive experience placing dental implants, so you’ll feel confident in his care.
What Are All-On-4 Dental Implants?
Let’s start with the basics. A dental implant is a small post made out of biocompatible titanium, the same metal used to make pacemakers, hip replacements, and more. The dental implant is inserted into your gums and replaces the root of the missing tooth. The dental implant is topped with a custom abutment, which securely holds a dental restoration in place.
In the past two decades, dentists have discovered that a full lower or upper set of false teeth can be anchored on as few as four dental implants. That’s how the All-On-4 dental implant concept was born! The procedure involves placing two dental implants vertically in the front of the mouth, and two more at a slight angle in the back of the mouth. This provides optimum support for the prosthetic despite requiring so few dental implants.
The procedure is a game-changer. Traditionally, a dental implant supports a crown, a single-tooth prosthetic. It’s easy to imagine why it’d be difficult to replace an entire set of teeth that way. It’d require a lot of chair time, recovery would be extensive, and it’d be expensive. Plus, many patients would find that their jawbones simply could not support all those dental implants.
All-On-4 dental implants is a minimally invasive solution that provides many of the benefits of dental implants. A full-arch prosthetic anchored by dental implants is more secure than any removable denture. In fact, 98 percent of patients who have replaced their teeth with All-On-4 dental implants said they would recommend it to a friend or family member!
What Are The Benefits Of All-On-4 Dental Implants?
If you have lost all your teeth or anticipate that you will soon, you’ll notice an improved quality of life just by replacing them.
- Better dental function
- Improved appearance
- A renewed sense of confidence
Plus, All-On-4 dental implants is less time-consuming and more affordable than traditional dental implant treatment for those who have lost their teeth
Compared to traditional dentures, All-On-4 dental implants also helps prevent bone loss. With traditional dentures, the force of your bite when you chew transfers to your gums, not your jawbone as with natural teeth. This can sometimes lead to bone loss. But All-On-4 dental implants keeps your jawbone engaged when you chew, which prevents deterioration of the jawbone.
Are There Other Ways To Replace A Full Set Of Teeth Using Dental Implants?
Yes! There are actually two ways to use dental implants to help dentures stay in place.
Unlike All-On-4 dental implants, which can only be removed by a dentist, these implant dentures can be easily removed at night and for regular cleanings. Both options only require the placement of two dental implants!
Implant-retained dentures use ball attachments on the dental implants to allow the denture to snap into place.
Implant-supported dentures use a metal bar between the two dental implants. The denture is fitted with an attachment that slides under the bar and snaps into place, securing the prosthetic.
How Do I Know Which Teeth Replacement Solution Is Right For Me?
The best way to find out is to come into Appalachian Dental Care for a consultation. We’ll talk through your medical and dental histories, and we’ll take a series of digital images of your mouth using our state-of-the-art technology.
We’ll also discuss what it is you want from your replacement teeth, as well as which options fit your budget and your lifestyle.
But regardless of what you choose, you’ll see that replacing your missing teeth will dramatically improve your quality of life. And Appalachian Dental Care wants to help you find the solution that’s right for you! Call us today at 828-355-5673 to schedule an appointment. You can also use our convenient online form!