If you have a significant number of your teeth missing, you might want to check into all-on-four dental implants before you make your final decision on which route to go. They can be much easier to live with than dentures, which must be removed at night as well as for cleaning. All-on-four may very well be the next best thing to natural teeth.
The all-on-four system begins with four endosseous dental implants that are strategically placed across the upper or lower jawbones. Their purpose is to anchor a set of prosthetic teeth in place permanently. Because of this, they will not slip or come loose during a conversation or while eating the way dentures can. The system also eliminates the hassle associated with removing dentures at night and replacing them the following morning.
The implants are made from titanium. They are similar to screws and must be skillfully placed into the jawbone. Over time, these implants will fuse to the bone in a similar manner as the roots of natural teeth. The upper portions of these implants are used for attaching the set of prosthetic teeth.
The ideal candidates for the all-on-four system are individuals who are in good overall health and have a healthy immune system. Early in the process, an exam will be conducted and a set of X-rays taken in order to determine if your bone structure will support these implants. Our cosmetic dentist and his team will also take other things into consideration in determining how well-suited you may be for the procedure.
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for all-on-four dental implants is to seek an evaluation from our experienced cosmetic dentist. During a consultation at the office of Samuel F. Jirik, DDS, you can get all the facts about all-on-four dental implants, including whether or not they can help in your case. That way, there is no guesswork involved on your part. You may find that this system is a much more attractive alternative to traditional dentures. It has even shown to sometimes enhance facial volume in the cheeks and lips, leading to a more youthful appearance.
The office of Samuel F. Jirik, DDS is located in Cabot, AR and happily serves clients in the Little Rock, AR and surrounding areas. Achieving a beautiful smile may be a whole lot simpler than you once thought. Contact our Little Rock office today to schedule a consultation for all-on-four dental implants!