All on 4
Tooth loss is an unfortunate incident that could arise from accidental impact, tooth decay, or other oral health complications. Either way, it is a problem that you should address to get your mouth back to full functionality.
One of the ways to restore your mouth function is through the All-on-4® Treatment Concept.
At our Singing River Dentistry dental practice in Madison, AL, our professionals will help you understand everything about All-on-4 dental implants and why you should consider them.
What Is an All-on-4 Dental Implant?
The All-on-4 dental implant contains four implant screws, which are fixed on your upper and lower teeth. These implants will be the support mechanism for the new set of your teeth.
Unlike other implants, this technique is not so dependent on bone density, but there should be reasonable density to support the implant.
Compared to dentures, these implants are more permanent and natural looking, making them more attractive and functional.
If you have just suffered severe teeth loss or are tired of dentures, consider visiting our offices for an All-on-4 dental implant consultation.
Am I a Good Candidate for All on 4?
Unlike dentures, All-on-4 implants are permanent and do not move in the mouth. They are mostly biocompatible titanium implants and will fuse with your jawbone over time to mimic your natural tooth roots.
Like any other dental procedure, the All-on-4 dental implant will start with a consultation. One of our dentists will discuss your concerns and establish if you are an ideal candidate.
An examination will include digital x-rays and 3D digital scans. Through these scans, we will understand your oral health state and any underlying issues, enabling us to develop a customized plan for you.
Here are some of the factors we consider.
|Good Overall Health - A patient undertaking the All-on-4 dental implant should be healthy. Certain ailments like untreated diabetes may disqualify a patient from the procedure. Individuals on antidepressants or radiation therapy are at high risk of implant failure. Discuss your medical history to ensure we tailor the treatment to your needs.
|Bone Structure - While All-on-4 dental implants require less bone structure than regular implants, the available bone structure should be sufficient to offer the necessary support. We recommend a bone graft if your bone density is too low.
|Non-Smoker - Smoking compromises implant success by affecting bone healing capacity. Hence, if you are considering this procedure, you should quit smoking before your appointment and months after your surgery.
|Good Oral Health - The All-on-4 dental implant requires your oral health to be intact. If you have gum disease, you should undergo treatment first. While a gum disease history will not disqualify you from the procedure, it may threaten its success.
What Is the Process of Getting All on 4?
We will prepare you for surgery upon confirming you are an ideal candidate. The process involves taking measurements to plan the placement, design, shape, and orientation of the implants and teeth prosthesis.
These measurements include the extent of the overbite or underbite and the height of your gum lines. We will also take bite impressions from your jaw and use them to create molds to create a perfect fit.
With everything set, we will schedule the surgery date and book an appointment for you.
The All-on-4 implant placing procedure will start with measuring and marking your jaw to ensure the right preservation after the procedure.
We will then administer anesthesia and start the procedure.
|First, if you have existing or remnants of lost teeth, we will extract them together with damaged gum tissue.
|We will then make an incision on your top and bottom jaw to expose the jawbone.
|Using the predetermined measurements from the top and bottom arches, we will reduce the ridges and smoothen the remaining bone in preparation for the dental implants.
|The dental implant placement process will start with marking the insertion points on the bone surfaces. We will drill pilot holes at specific angles for maximum strength and stability.
|Next, we will insert the implants, tighten them and replace the gum tissue around them. At this point, we will attach the abutments acting as mounting posts for the tooth prosthesis. We will mark and drill the point where the abutment meets the prosthesis, then secure the prosthesis with mechanical fasteners.
|Finally, we will fill and seal the holes in the prosthesis and check the bite pattern.
|If there are irregular points, we will correct them for a proper occlusion of your jaw.
|Once done, you can begin the healing process.
What Are the Benefits of All-on-4 Dental Implants?
All-on-4 dental implants take your oral health to another level within a shorter period.
Unlike regular dental implants, you will have fewer visits to complete the process.
Once healed, you can resume your tooth functions with confidence. These implants are firm and non-removable and secure, just like your natural teeth.
The implants are also easy to care for through regular brushing and flossing.
All-on-4 dental implants restore your appearance. Following tooth loss, your face structure may change due to bone deterioration. Your speech will also be affected by missing teeth or dentures. All-on-4 dental implants prevent further bone resorption, preserving your jaw. This way, your facial structure will remain intact, helping you look younger even after tooth loss.
Lastly, replacing missing teeth with All-on-4 dental implants will prevent oral complications. You will attain a healthy mouth through these implants, reducing your gum disease risk.
With the link between periodontal disease and heart disease, a healthy mouth means overall good health. You will manage conditions such as diabetes, and other chronic illnesses with a healthy mouth.
Schedule Your All-on-4 Procedure with Your Madison, AL Dentist Today!
All-on-4 dental implants will restore your tooth functions close to natural teeth. If you are tired of dentures and want a permanent solution for your tooth loss, consider All-on-4 dental implants. Call Singing River Dentistry at 256 - 562 - 4001 and let us help you through this journey.