What Are All on Four Dental Implants?

Dentistry has made many advances. If you need all of your teeth replaced on the top, bottom, or both, there are many options for you. One of those options is all-on-four dental implants. Dr. Roe offers this treatment option to his patients.

 

You might be surprised to learn that missing teeth are common for adults. It is estimated that more than 36 million people living in the US have lost all of their teeth. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, approximately 120 million people in the US are missing at least one tooth. If you’re one of those people, Dr. Roe will come up with a treatment option that will work for you.  

What Are All-on-4® Dentures?

All-on-fours®, is a procedure that uses four dental implants to hold the top or bottom denture in place. It can also be known as fixed dentures or hybrids. This treatment was developed in 1998 by Dr. Paulo Malo. It has been a ground-breaking concept, because it has reduced the number of implants needed to keep a denture in place.

Benefits of All-on-4® Implants

More and more people are choosing all-on-fours® because it gives them comfort as well as better functionality than traditional dentures. Some of the other benefits of this type of fixed dentures are:

 

  • Implants do  not move, so your teeth won’t move- the way implants are placed, it keeps your teeth from moving.
  • It only requires one surgery- when you have this procedure done, it usually takes one surgery, unless there is a complication with one of the implants.
  • Same day teeth- the day you have the implants placed, your fixed denture will be screwed into place, giving you a restored smile the same day you come in.

Why People Love This Treatment Option

People love this treatment option for a number of reasons. Aside from the immediate placement of new teeth on the day of surgery, it improves their quality of life right away. It solves several problems that traditional dentures cause patients such as:

 

  • Speech- both traditional dentures can cause a patient to have a hard time speaking. Due to the thickness of those prosthetics, it can make it hard to say sounds like “D”, “T”, and “N”.
  • Stability- fixed dentures will not come out unless a dentist takes them out. People don’t have to worry about losing their teeth when they talk or eat.
  • Comfort- since the bridge is placed on the top of the implants instead of wrapping around your tissue like a traditional denture, it keeps it from becoming uncomfortable. No more sore spot!

Disadvantages of Fixed Dentures

Just like anything, there are a few disadvantages to having fixed dentures. One of the biggest disadvantages is the cleaning process. Unlike traditional dentures or snap-on dentures, fixed prosthetics must stay in your mouth.

 

You will brush them like natural teeth, but they require cleaning between the dentures and the gums. To do this, you will have to stick floss between the gums and dentures. We also recommend that you use a Waterpik to help keep them clean. If you are not diligent with cleaning, it can cause gum infections.

 

If you are considering implants, you will need to be committed to proper oral care. It is also important that you visit your dentist on a regular basis for cleanings. The dentist will unscrew the bridge from the implants once a year for a full cleaning.

Are All-on-Four® Dental Implants Right For Me?

Maybe you’ve been thinking about dental implants, but aren’t sure if it is the right option for you. Dr. Roe is happy to sit down with you to determine if you are a good candidate. Not everyone can have implants.

There are a few factors that would keep you from being able to get all-on-fours®. Here are a few reasons you should avoid implants:

  • Unhealthy oral tissue
  • Conditions that affect bone healing
  • Some medications like those that treat Osteoporosis
  • Some medical conditions like diabetes

The only way to know if the treatment is right for you is to schedule an appointment and have an exam done.

Contact us Today For an Exam

If you are ready to discuss a solution for your missing teeth, call today and schedule your appointment. Dr. Roe is happy to sit down with you and come up with a plan that works best for your oral health goals.

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