All-on-4® Treatment Concept
Millions of Americans suffer from missing teeth. Missing teeth might make you afraid to smile and can also make it difficult to consume many food items. There are several prosthetic options for missing teeth, depending on how many are missing and what your oral health may be. One of the best prosthetic options for individuals who are missing entire rows of teeth is the All-on-4® Treatment Concept, also known as full mouth dental implant restoration. This type of prosthetic has many advantages. Here at Life Long Dental, we will work with you to determine if this is your best treatment option.
What Is Full Mouth Dental Implant Restoration?
Full mouth dental implant restoration, or the All-on-4 concept, is a type of denture that is permanently fixed to your mouth. The name comes from the number of implants needed to secure the dentures to your jaw. The crowns are made from porcelain because this material is durable and looks like natural teeth when made and shaped correctly.
The denture may also use synthetic materials to mimic the gums that bind the teeth together. This provides comfort so the prosthetic does not press up against your natural gum line. The four implants are secured to the top or bottom of your mouth, and the dentures snap into place at each attachment point. Unlike traditional dentures, the teeth in an All-on-4 bridge are completely secured to the mouth and are unable to be removed.
Why Might All-on-4 Implants Be Right for You?
Several factors should be considered when opting for the right dental prosthetic. Things like speech and mouth space are components that should be considered when choosing implants. For speech, implants that make your voice sound natural and allow you to correctly pronounce different sounds are incredibly important.
While chewing, your teeth feel a certain amount of pressure and this tells your brain how hard to bite down. Certain prosthetics can make it difficult to register this feedback and may cause the user to bite down with excessive force, causing damage to the jaw or prosthetic. To be sure you are making the right prosthetic choice, consult our professionals before making a decision.
What Is the Procedure for Installing All-on-4 Implants?
The first step in getting dental prosthetics takes place before any surgery is performed. Our professionals will scan your mouth and create a 3D map of your oral structure and jawline. Using this visual map, our professionals will customize a prosthetic that fits correctly in your mouth and looks aesthetically natural. After the prosthetic is built, four implants are rooted to the jaw in either the top or bottom portion of your mouth. Titanium implants are typically used because they fuse to bone better than other metals. Once the implants are set, the denture is attached to the implants. It will sit securely and remain fastened to your gum line.
Missing teeth make it difficult to eat and can be aesthetically unpleasant. A variety of additional dental issues can also arise if you do not replace your missing teeth. If you think that All-on-4 implants might be right for you, call Life Long Dental at (360) 633-2377 to set up your first appointment. Our team will get you on the right track to restoring your smile.