All-on-4® Dental Implants
Everyone loves a bright, healthy smile. When your teeth are completely missing from your upper or lower arch, or both, your smile, self-confidence, overall health and well-being suffer. You can replace those missing teeth with traditional removable dentures, or you can call Barrera Advanced Dentistry for a consultation to learn more about All-on-4 dental implants.
Losing all your teeth not only affects your appearance, but it also affects your general health and overall well-being. Studies have shown that completely edentulous patients tend to have chronic kidney problems. All-on-four dental implants restore your ability to eat healthy, nutritious food, as well as the beauty of your smile.
The All-on-4 dental implants provide you with a full mouth restoration that gives you full functionality once again. Four dental implants are used on either the upper or lower arch to secure the dentures and hold them in place.
The Implant Procedure
One of the unique things about the All-on-4 implant procedure is that the posterior implants are placed in the anterior part of the jawbone at a 45° angle. This area of the jawbone usually has higher bone density. Because of this, the All-on-4 implant procedure is usually the one of choice for full arch teeth replacement.
The implant procedure is considered minor surgery, and precise measurements are taken so the implants will be placed correctly. The implants are titanium posts that are positioned in optimal locations in the jawbone. All-on-4 uses fewer implants than conventional full arch teeth replacements. Conventional full arch implants use six to eight implants to secure the dentures or fixed bridges. With fewer implants needed, and the fact that they are all positioned in or near the anterior part of the jawbone, the healing time is shorter and rehabilitation time is also less.
Dental implants help preserve the jawbone around the implant area. When teeth are missing, bone loss occurs over time. The pressure caused by chewing and other motions of the mouth stimulate bone growth and strengthen the jawbone.
After the implants are placed, the incisions are closed and the abutment components are placed on the ends of the implants. The temporary prosthesis will be put on the abutments and secured in place. The healing process takes from three to four months. During this period, the patient must follow instructions regarding diet and oral care to promote proper healing.
When the healing phase is complete, a set of impressions are taken to start the process of making the permanent prosthesis. This piece is customized to match the contours of the gums and implants. The patient will wear the temporary prosthesis until the final one is ready for placement.
Contact Barrera Advanced Dentistry and schedule a consultation to find out more about All-on-4 replacements for missing teeth.