Four Dental Implants, One Beautiful Smile
One dental implant replaces one tooth, but with All-on-4 in Plano, Dr. Couch can replace an entire smile using just four implant posts. With this method, you can often get implant-retained dentures while avoiding lengthy and complex bone grafting; you’ll be enjoying a full set of pearly whites that much sooner as a result! If you need to replace an entire arch of teeth in the near future or have been thinking about upgrading your dentures with dental implants, contact us today to ask if All-on-4 is right for you!
How Do All-on-4 Implants Work?
Instead of your dentures resting directly on your gums, they’ll be supported by four dental implants. Implants are titanium posts that can act as roots for different kinds of prosthetic teeth. In the case of the All-on-4 procedure, the posts are carefully inserted in specific positions (with the implants near the back being placed at an angle) so that they use the parts of the jaw with the highest bone density. This technique often allows temporary dentures to be placed while waiting for your mouth to heal, meaning you won’t have to go without a smile while waiting for your permanent false teeth.
Am I a Candidate for All-on-4 Implants?
All-on-4 is for patients who need a full arch replacement in their upper or lower jaws. We can extract any remaining teeth in order to make room for the dentures. Furthermore, since oral infections can lead to dental implant failure, we’ll need to check your mouth for gum disease; concerning symptoms need to be treated before going ahead with the procedure.
Smoking can put you at a high risk for dental implant failure. You might still be able to have All-on-4 done even if you use cigarettes, but you’ll need to follow our instructions on when to give up smoking in order to make sure the procedure succeeds.
What are the Benefits of All-on-4 Implants?
Compared to traditional dentures, All-on-4 comes with several advantages:
- The stimulation from the implants will help you preserve your jawbone. This ultimately helps you retain a more youthful look, since your jaw is important for supporting your facial structure.
- All-on-4 dentures can be brushed and flossed normally like natural teeth instead of needing to be removed for cleaning.
- Implant-retained false teeth are more stable and have better chewing power.
- Dental implants are very durable and can easily last for 30 years or more with basic care.
All-on-4 VS Traditional Dental Implants
Bone grafting is usually required before getting dental implants. By choosing the All-on-4 procedure, you can avoid this additional surgery; this will save you both time and money since you’ll need fewer appointments. Also, with the traditional approach you will need to wait a while (potentially several months) for your jaw to fuse with the implants enough to support dentures; in many cases, All-on-4 will allow you to wear temporary dentures during the initial stages.