Dental implants are arguably the best way to replace your missing teeth. If you have had your teeth replaced with a bridge, you can consider replacing it with an All-on-4 implant. This method allows you to anchor a denture with four implants.
All-on-4 Implants and How They Work
Replacing missing teeth is more than just a matter of aesthetics. If teeth are not replaced, long-term effects can lead to major problems, from wear and tear to misalignment to loss of even more teeth. For this reason, you should have missing teeth replaced to maintain the overall health of your mouth. However, some people don’t have a healthy enough jawbone to support traditional dental implants.
The All-on-4 implant option allows you to have a full set of teeth, whether it’s on the top or on the bottom, replaced with a denture that’s anchored to your jawbone with four implants. Rather than using an individual implant for each missing tooth, this method takes the best possible advantage of the strongest areas of your jawbone to support a smaller number of implants. Implants are placed during a fairly simple oral surgery procedure, then the denture is placed on the abutments.
Choosing All-on-4 Implants
If you have missing teeth, or if you are currently wearing a bridge or a partial denture, an implant option might be a good choice for you. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even a full arch on the top, bottom or both. The All-on-4 procedure is usually used to replace a full arch.
Over time, a dental bridge can wear down or degrade, or the teeth supporting the bridge can wear down or decay. The bridge will then need to be replaced. If you have sufficient bone mass in your jaw, implants could be a good choice for you. With All-on-4, many people who lack sufficient bone to support traditional implants can still have implants, since the four implants are anchored in the strongest areas of your jawbone.
For more information on an All-on-4 implant surgery, call our caring team of specialists at 501-843-9561 to make an appointment.