Improve Quality of Life with All-on-4® Dental Implants
Tooth loss is a significant issue that affects everything from the quality of your smile to how you eat and speak, to the health of your jawbone. It can even have a major impact on your overall health, impacting your ability to digest the foods you eat. The more teeth you lose, the greater the impact. While dentures have long been the go-to solution for treating the loss of an entire arch of teeth, and have undergone numerous improvements, this treatment still has significant downsides. At Arrowhead Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery we can help to improve your quality of life with All-on-4.
The Downsides to Traditional Dentures
While dentures have undergone numerous changes, they still have several downsides. Dentures still need to be removed every night and thoroughly cleaned before taking care of the rest of your mouth. They can slip around in your mouth, or even fall out. The base can rub your gums, leading to painful denture sores. Dentures also do not stop the bone loss in your jaw. Your jaw continues to weaken and change shape. Because of this, dentures need to be periodically replaced to ensure functionality and comfort.
Dental Implants for Replacing Teeth
Dental implants are an alternative treatment for replacing missing teeth. Rather than sitting on your gums, like dentures, your dental restorations are supported by small titanium posts that are surgically implanted into your jawbone. As you heal from surgery, your jawbone fuses to the posts, turning them into stable, secure roots. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, and even an entire arch.
What is All-on-4?
Typically, a full arch restoration uses 6 to 8 implants to support your arch of replacement teeth. However, if you have lost too much bone mass, your jawbone may be unable to successfully fuse to these posts. Even the failure of one post can compromise your entire restoration. In many cases, placing dental implants can be made possible with a bone graft. This adds an additional surgery and additional costs.
Instead of needing to undergo a bone graft and then placing the 6 to 8 dental implants needed, we can provide a full arch restoration with All-on-4. The All-on-4 treatment concept uses only 4 posts to support your replacement teeth. These posts are strategically placed within your jaw. Two posts are placed vertically near the front of your jaw, where there is naturally more bone mass. The other two are placed toward the back of your mouth. These posts are placed at a 45-degree angle, an angle that maximizes contact between the posts and your jawbone, allowing for optimal fusion.
The Benefits of All-on-4
All-on-4 provides all of the same incredible benefits as any other implants. They provide greater comfort, they are easier to care for, and the posts provide stimulation for your jawbone to help stop and prevent bone loss. This incredible treatment also has some of its unique benefits as well. These include
||Less surgery. Fewer posts mean that your surgical procedure is shorter.
||Reduced recovery time.
||No need for bone grafting or a sinus lift.
||Affordability. Fewer implants and no bone grafting, in addition to other factors, all mean that your procedure is more affordable than a regular full arch restoration.
All-on-4, not only are the functions of your missing teeth restored but so, too, is your quality of life. For more information, and to find out if All-on-4 is right for you, call Arrowhead Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery today at (623) 738-2564.