When you lose teeth, there’s no doubt that dental implants are the best option for providing a firm foundation for your new smile. These small posts act as replacements for your tooth roots, supporting life-like teeth that look and feel great.
If you’ve lost multiple teeth, replacing them with single dental implants is no longer the best option. For this, you may want to consider All-on-4 implants. Sometimes called “immediate load implants,” All-on-4s are a life-changing, smile-enhancing treatment for restoring your teeth.
Before booking your initial consultation, you will need to know more about the benefits of All-on-4s, and what you can expect from the placement.
In this guide, we’ll discuss seven key facts you need to know about All-on-4 dental implants.
Your natural teeth extend down into the jaw where they are firmly held in position. It’s this solid base that gives you the ability to bite and chew with considerable force, without causing yourself any harm or discomfort.
When you lose a tooth, it’s not just the visible crown that goes; it’s the root too. Dental implants effectively act as roots for your teeth, attaching your replacement teeth to your jaw.
A single dental implant is capped by a custom-made replacement porcelain crown. All-on-4s, on the other hand, replace up to an entire smile. Instead of placing an implant beneath every tooth, we’ll use four to six implants strategically positioned along the jawline for a full coverage of support.
At the front of your jaw, we’ll use two vertical implants. Further back, we’ll place angled implants on either side of the mouth. By angling the implant, we can access more of the jawbone and create an even better foundation for your new smile.
Once in place, we’ll create a bespoke set of replacement teeth to give you the perfect smile.
Spreading the support for your new teeth like this means your entire smile shares the benefits of the implants.
Losing teeth can erode your self-esteem and confidence. You may feel unhappy with the way you look. A failing smile can also cause you to avoid speaking, laughing, and affect your ability to enjoy life.
Once we’ve rebuilt your smile using All-on-4s, any negative feelings you may have developed about your smile will start to fade away.
Your All-on-4 implants will support skillfully crafted replacement teeth. Although they’re custom made for your mouth, these new teeth may even look better than your natural teeth ever did.
We’ll choose the perfect colour, shape, and size for your new teeth. Once placed, your new teeth will also be straight. Despite the changes compared to your old teeth, your new smile will still look completely natural.
The implants that support your new teeth are made from titanium, a tough, light, biocompatible material that fuses with your jawbone. Used in many industries, in NASA spacecraft, and elsewhere in the medical world, titanium won’t degrade over time.
As long as you look after your oral health, there’s no reason why your implants shouldn’t last for life.
When you lose teeth, you also lose the ability to bite and chew with ease and confidence. Even a small gap will put certain food off the menu, and when you lose much of your smile, you’re limited to soft foods.
The days of sifting through the menu looking to find a suitable meal will be a thing of the past. Once you have All-on-4s placed, you can enjoy whatever food takes your fancy, whenever you want.
Placing a single implant can take several months. As long as your jaw is healthy and you have adequate bone density to support the implants, we can place them in a single day. After your implants are in, we’ll give a set of temporary teeth to wear for the first few months.
After your jaw has healed and your bespoke smile has been crafted by the skilled technicians at the lab, we’ll get you back into the clinic to place your final restoration.
At Durham Dental Implant Suite, we’ve repaired countless smiles using the fast and effective All-on-4 process. If this treatment option sounds right for you, call us today to schedule a consultation and we’ll assess your suitability and start you on the path to your new smile.
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