Dental implants are rapidly becoming the most popular way to replace a missing tooth, several missing teeth, or even a full set of both upper and lower teeth. Implants offer many advantages over traditional methods like bridges and dentures. Doctors can now attach an entire row of upper or lower teeth using four or more specifically placed dental implants, sometimes referred to as All on 4 dental implants.
What Are All on 4 Dental Implants?
You’ve probably heard of implant dentistry, the newer, preferred method of replacing teeth. With implants, there are no issues with chewing, tasting, or cleaning teeth. You can treat your implants exactly as your own teeth. With All on 4 dental implants, the dentist can replace an entire row of upper or lower teeth with as few as four implants, which anchor the rest of the replacement teeth in the row.
Why All on 4 Dental Implants?
Dentures are cheaper than dental implants initially, but when you consider all the fixatives and solutions as well as the fact that you have to completely replace your dentures every seven to 15 years, implants become a lot more affordable. Plus, they can last a lifetime.
With the All on 4 solution, you get to experience a lovely transformation. On the last day of the process, you leave the oral surgeon’s office with a beautiful new smile and a rapid improvement in your quality of life.
All on 4 Versus Dentures
With dentures, you have to put up with slippage, food getting between dentures and your palate, removing the dentures at night, and dealing with the taste of the gels and fixatives. Dentures are also known to facilitate the deterioration of the jaw bone, while implants preserve the health of the bone and surrounding gum tissue.
Additionally, with tooth implants, the jaw bone is protected which promotes overall oral health and better mouth-feel. We find that after implants, the majority of patients are satisfied with their new teeth and they would recommend the treatment to someone else.
What to Expect When Getting the All on 4 Dental Implants
You start with a consultation, usually accompanied by scans of your jaw and teeth. The new scanning methods are faster, better and even more comfortable than usual CT scans, as they are performed in an open environment. Your oral surgeon will share the images with you so that together, the two of you can decide how to proceed.
Should you decide to go with All on 4 dental implants, the teeth and other prosthetic parts like the fixed bridge, are usually made in-house specifically tuned and even colored to your specific mouth. Then, everything is installed on the same day, using advanced 3D imaging and cutting edge surgical procedures. The surgery takes about two hours per arch.
The dental bridge is anchored in the bone, and it can take up to six to nine months for the implants to integrate with your bone. But, you will feel fine almost immediately after the procedure, and in fact, most patients can resume eating and drinking as quickly as they do after routine dental work.
To learn more about All on 4 dental implants, contact us today. At Greater Atlanta Oral Facial Surgery, we have two convenient locations, in Cumming and Buckhead, and we offer a range of oral surgeries and procedures.