Here at Austin Dental Implant Center , we know just how serious your problems can be when you are missing a tooth. These problems are more severe when you are missing many teeth. And, as you can imagine, they are especially serious when you have lost most or all of your teeth. Thankfully we have simple and elegant solutions for even serious problems such as these, and patients throughout the Austin area have benefited from such treatments.
One of the ideal options out there for people who are missing teeth is the use of dental implants , which are artificial tooth roots that are able to hold bridges and dentures. There’s a new option out there for patients who are missing many teeth called All-On-4®. Let’s look at this right now.
Health and Aesthetic Issues Related to Tooth Loss
It may be important to quickly go over the health and cosmetic problems that people face following major tooth loss. These include:
- Problems biting and chewing
- Speech impediments
- Gum recession
- Bone loss
Changes in facial aesthetics (particularly the lip and cheek area)
Obviously these problems become more pronounced when people are missing more teeth.
Why Dental Implants Are Ideal for Missing Teeth
Dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone and gum tissue, functioning just like your natural tooth roots would. This provides a level of security and stability with regard to dental restorations that allows patients to bite, chew, and smile with confidence.
All-On-4® is a simple solution that uses dental implants for major tooth loss. It may seem surprising, but you can have a full denture held in place with just four dental implants.
How All-On-4® Works
All-On-4® involves the use of four dental implants placed along the dental arch. The two outer dental implants are placed at an angle, allowing for great hold of a full denture without the need for additional implants being placed.
Oral surgery is necessary for All-On-4® treatment, and during this procedure, the implants themselves are carefully anchored into the tissues of the patient’s mouth. The process will involve a months-long healing period to ensure full integration of the dental implants.
Benefits of All-On-4®
All-On-4® dental implants mean a secure hold and less need for additional surgeries on the jawbone. Patients can laugh, smile, and eat their favorite foods as if they had their natural teeth in place.
Ideal Candidates for All-On-4®
The best candidates for All-On-4® are people who are missing most or all of their teeth along a dental arch. They should have sufficient gum density and bone density in the jaw to ensure that the dental implants can be held in place. Since All-On-4® does require a month-long healing time (just as normal implant dentistry treatment would), it’s important that patients have realistic expectations about the process and what they must do as they heal to help ensure success.
During your consultation at our practice, we will be more than happy to go over all of these matters in greater detail as we assess your candidacy for All-On-4® dental implants.
Learn More About Advanced Restorative Dental Care
If you would like to learn more about All-On-4® implant dentistry and if this may be the ideal option for you and your needs, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry centers today. Dr. Dan Holtzclaw and his entire team look forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental health.