Tooth loss is a problem many people face in their lifetime. While it was impossible to replace missing teeth efficiently long ago, dental techniques have been developed that offer patients the option to replace teeth so that it barely feels as if they ever lost them. There are various options available to patients who need to replace their missing teeth, but the best ones offer convenience and don’t negatively affect quality of life.
All-On-4 Dental Implants for Quick, Easy and Affordable Dental Prosthetics
Not too long ago, most patients who no longer had any of their natural teeth left had to resort to using dentures in order to replace their teeth. Dentures are removable teeth that are on an acrylic base that rests on the gums, while they help to replace missing teeth in a way that looks appealing and helps patients to chew normally, they aren’t always very comfortable. Many patients complain about dentures that constantly feel as if they’re going to fall out while talking. Apart from this, replacing missing teeth by using dentures, doesn’t help to replace missing bone tissue in the jaw, which causes the face to have a sunken in appearance and accelerates the deterioration of the remaining tissues.
The good news, however, is that there are now better ways to easily replace missing teeth. These methods not only replace missing bone tissues, but offer patients the convenience of having prosthetic teeth that are just as easily maintained as natural teeth. This is done by implanting prosthetic teeth into the jaw with a screw. New teeth look and feel exactly like real ones and can last a lifetime.
Implants can be done to replace a single tooth, but when patients are completely edentulous (meaning they’ve lost all their natural teeth) replacing teeth this way can prove to be both painfully tedious and exorbitantly expensive. Instead, make use of All-On-4 implants in these cases.
What Are All-On-4 Implants?
All-On-4 implants is an implant technique that’s been designed to help patients who need to replace all of their teeth. The name is derived from the fact that the procedure is performed using four dental bridges that are implanted into the jaw for replacing all of a patient’s teeth.
This method is an affordable and effective way for patients who need all of their teeth replaced to get implants because it’s faster than doing every tooth as a separate implant and will often allow patients to have a new smile in only two or three visits to their dentist.
What Does the Procedure Entail?
When a patient is considering All-On-4 implants, an initial visit to their dentist in order to evaluate their current dental health must be done. The dentist will determine whether or not a patient is a viable candidate for the procedure by doing CT scans to determine the amount of remaining bone tissue in the jaw. If a patient is able to undergo the procedure, the dentist will proceed to plan and implant the new prosthetic teeth. Careful planning and the right equipment are crucial to insuring patients get the best results. While placing the implants, dentists often simultaneously perform precision surgery like bone shaping and tooth extractions.
At first, temporary acrylic teeth will be placed on the implants. These teeth will be kept there for approximately three months to allow healing. It’s important that patients refrain from eating foods that could potentially harm their implants for the first week or two after the temporary teeth have been placed. Once the patients is ready, they can return to their dentist to have the permanent teeth fitted to their implants. These new teeth are made from more durable materials and will fit patients more comfortably. You can read more about the cost of all on 4 implants here.
Who Can Perform an All-On-4 Procedure?
When receiving dental implants, it’s important that patients choose a knowledgeable dentist specialising in procedures that involve tooth replacement. Prosthodontists are dentists who specialise in replacing missing teeth through the use of dental prosthetics. These dentists are generally the best choice for procedures that involve replacing missing tissue and keeping your smile beautiful.
If you’re looking for a highly capable Florida prosthodontist, consider booking an appointment with Dr. Stone. Dr. Stone has more than twenty years experience working as a prosthodontist in Fort Lauderdale. He also teaches implant techniques to dentist at two nearby colleges.