All-On-4 immediate load dental implants have revolutionized the field of dentistry. While dental implants have been growing in popularity since the early 1990s, replacing an entire upper or lower arch of teeth with individual implants is time consuming and expensive. A traditional implant-supported fixed bridge is a more cost-effective solution, but it still requires a series of appointments. With an All-On-4, sometimes referred to as Teeth in a Day, you can have an entire mouthful of teeth replaced in one sitting. Here’s what you should know.
Benefits Over Dentures
Although dentures have been replacing teeth for centuries, even modern technological advances cannot overcome their basic limitations. A lower denture sits on the gums, while an upper denture uses suction to attach a plastic plate to the roof of the mouth. Both are prone to slipping, severely reduce bite force, and can be both physically uncomfortable and socially embarrassing.
Dentures also do nothing to halt the resorption process, in which gum and bone tissue is slowly lost following the extraction of tooth roots. Even the best-fitted dentures must be periodically re-fitted to account for this loss, and resorption is a major contributor to the physical aging process of the face and mouth.
Dental implants replace the tooth roots, halting and even reversing resorption. Because they are integrated into the jawbone, they provide stability and restore better than 90% of the bite force of the natural teeth. No longer will you need to avoid biting into apples or chewing tough steak. And because your replacement teeth are stable, slipping is a thing of the past.
Benefits Over Traditional Implants
A traditional full-arch implant bridge requires you to have implants placed and then topped with a healing cap. You will then wear a traditional denture for several months until your mouth fully heals. At that time, you will return to the dentist to have abutments and a fixed bridge placed.
Although this process works well, it is slow. Coping with a traditional denture for several months can be challenging, causing you to severely curtail both your diet and your social life.
An All-On-4 removes the waiting period. As soon as your teeth are extracted, your dentist will immediately place 4 implants at strategic spots along your upper or lower arch. These implants are ready for a fixed bridge immediately, with no waiting period required. Your dentist will place an acrylic fixed bridge during the same appointment, allowing you to eat normally as soon as you feel up to it, which is usually within a day or two.
If you want even more natural-looking teeth, you can switch the acrylic teeth for porcelain teeth in just a few weeks. There is no maximum time limit, so you are welcome to live with the acrylic teeth for a while, and then switch to porcelain at some point in the future if desired.
Is All-On-4 Right for Me?
Like any dental procedure, All-On-4 is not right for everyone. It is a bit costlier than dentures, though less expensive than a traditional implant-supported fixed bridge or individual implants. In addition, those with certain underlying medical conditions may need to get their physical health under tight control before undergoing the procedure. Your dentist will closely examine your current oral and overall physical health and your goals for treatment, and make a professional recommendation.
Married dentists Chad and Alexandra Schnabel welcome you to Savannah Dental Solutions. From caring children’s dentistry to high-tech cosmetic procedures and even full-mouth reconstruction, we blend the latest technology with traditional customer-oriented values. To start your journey to better oral health, call us today at (912) 354-1366.