all on 4 implants dental implants

All-on-4 dental implants are a remarkable technology and technique for replacing missing teeth. How do all-on-four dental implants work? To understand all-on-4s, it’s helpful to first understand how traditional implants work.

New Teeth, Not Just Dentures

Unlike traditional dentures which have been a common treatment option for centuries and must be adhered in place daily, a dental implant is a permanent solution to tooth loss. First, a small, high-quality titanium screw is fitted into your jawbone like a replacement root for a missing tooth. This requires minor surgery. Once the titanium implant is in place, a crown is attached that looks like a real tooth and functions like one, too.

All-on-4s take the dental implant procedure up a notch. Instead of an implant treatment that treats tooth loss individually, all-on-4s are a solution for all of your missing teeth. For a full set of teeth, all you need are eight well-placed titanium implants — four on the bottom for your lower teeth and four on the top for your upper teeth. Then a full arch dental prosthesis (also called a multi-unit abutment or MUA) is attached that can mimic your natural teeth.

Remarkably, because all-on-fours are made of titanium, which fuses to living bone without any need for bone grafting, all-on-4 dental implants actually become part of your jawbone. This process is called osseointegration, and it’s what makes all-on-4 dental implants such an excellent alternative to removable dentures.

 

Get a radiant, new smile the same day of surgery

Our dentists’ expertise — in everything from x-rays to help determine oral health needs to CT scan interpretation and implant placement — combined with the all-on-four procedure generates a high success rate and satisfaction for all our patients.
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All-on-4 Implants Benefits Compared to Dentures

Bone preservation.

Dental implants help to preserve the bone in your jaw, which encourages it to stay strong due to the stimulation that happens when chewing. Using dentures as replacement teeth will actually accelerate bone loss and jaw weakening. Because dentures just sit on top of gums, they don’t actually provide any stimulation for your jawbone, which will lead to bone loss over time.

Improved comfort.

Because your teeth are supported by solid titanium implants, rather than gum tissue, you won’t experience contact sores, friction marks, or other gum trouble.

Enjoyable eating.

Because dentures limit the types of food you can eat (anything too hard or crunchy could break dentures), and, because dentures also cover your palate reducing what you can taste of what you are able to eat, dental implants make eating a more enjoyable and variable experience.

Improved self-confidence.

One of the nicest benefits of all-on-4s is that they don’t move when you speak or eat like dentures can. The stability of implants can save you worry and embarrassment. They also tend to help out with spitting and/or speech concerns.

Better aesthetics.

Tooth loss and bone loss can change your face’s appearance, because bone that is meant to support it, is missing. All-on-4s replace the original height that once existed between your upper and lower jaws giving your lips and cheeks a more full look.

Teeth in a day and no more applications.

Because implants permanently affix your teeth, you no longer have to buy or deal with hard-to-use and expensive adhesives.

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