Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed replacement teeth. Compared to dentures, bridges and crowns, dental implants are a popular and effective long-term solution for people who suffer from missing teeth, failing teeth or chronic dental problems. They fit, feel and function like natural teeth, that’s why dental implants are quickly becoming a new standard in tooth replacement.
Doctors use a medical-grade titanium implant fixture that over time actually fuses to the living bone cells of the jaw. This union forms a strong and durable anchor for your new teeth, meaning there’s no slippage or other movement (which can sometimes happen with dentures).
Dental implants typically have three parts:
1) The implant: A screw that serves as a root for your new teeth. This is what permanently attaches to your jaw.
2) The abutment: A permanent (but removable by your doctor) connector that supports and holds a tooth or set of teeth.
3) The crown (or prosthetic tooth): This is the part of the tooth that you can see. It’s usually made of zirconium or porcelain for durability and good looks.
You can use dental implants to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full upper and/or lower set of teeth. If you need to restore a full arch, you may be a perfect candidate for the full mouth treatment. Surgeons will place four implants and then attach a full arch of teeth.
Click Play to Watch This Video
All-on-4® Dental Implants:
All-on-4 implants are a permanent set of fabricated teeth set on dental implants surgically placed into your jaw. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
All-on-4 dental implants have the following benefits:
- Do not need adhesives
- Prevent bone deterioration
- No risk of shifting or slipping during the day
- No need to be removed
- Complete comfort because they do not put pressure on your gums
- Much easier to eat, bite forcefully, and taste so you can still enjoy all of your favorite foods
- Maintain and support your facial features
The All-on-4® Dental Implant technique relies on four implants for support and most patients do not need a bone graft before their procedure. Before the treatment begins, the patient is numbed so that they do not feel any pain or discomfort. Four dental implants are placed in the areas with the highest bone volume. After the implants have been placed, a new or existing denture can be used as a framework to install a temporary set of teeth that are attached the same day. The bone is fully integrated with the implant within six months and a final set of teeth are anchored into place.
All-On-4® Vs. Traditional Dentures
|• Feels closest to natural teeth.||• Bulky appliance and can be uncomfortable.|
|• Does not move||• Can fall out.|
|• Preserves Bone||• Denture sores may occur.|
|• Can last a lifetime||• Bone loss will occur under the denture|
|• Ability to taste food||• Will continually need to be refitted and replaced.|
|• Gain up to 95% of your natural ability biting force||• Requires adhesive to secure and may affect the clarity of speech.|
Step-by-step process for getting an All-On-4 dental implant
First, we want to make sure you are comfortable, so either local or general anesthesia will be administered for you.
Second, we will prepare your mouth for the implants that will involve removing your remaining teeth that are failing. We will then remove any diseased or infected tissue from your jaw and gums.
Next, we will begin the implantation process. This means we will insert the titanium screws into your jawbone. Most likely, we will place two implants toward the front of your mouth and two towards the back of your mouth so the “anchors” can evenly bare the force of the denture.
After the implants have been placed, we will thoroughly clean the surgical sites and suture all the incisions.
The basic All-On-4 implant procedure involves anesthesia, preparation of the area, placing the implant, and post-operative cleaning and suturing.
Click Play To Watch This Video