Tooth loss is extremely common among adults in America and it can complicate each aspect of everyday life. Choosing a replacement option can be difficult and confusing. Many edentulous patients are turning to All-on-4. This remarkable technique utilizes the best of modern technology to produce a lifelike set of permanent prosthetic teeth which functions similarly to biological teeth.
All-on-4 is a permanent tooth replacement option which can be used to replace all teeth on the top or bottom arch of the jaw. During this procedure, the prosthodontist places four titanium posts near the front of the jaw. The anterior posts are placed straight, and the posterior implants are placed at an angle of up to forty-five degrees. A full set of prosthetic teeth are permanently fixed to these titanium anchors.
Why Choose All-on-4
The titanium posts that are placed into the jaw bone act as roots similar to natural teeth. During the healing period, the bone fuses to the posts in a process called osseointegration, making them a permanent structure in the oral cavity. This process also slows or stops the deterioration of bone associated with tooth loss.
All-on-4 dentures can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth. They are also comfortable since they don’t press down on the gums. All-on-4 allow patients to bite with normal force and experience the temperature of food, so there are not many dietary restrictions after the healing process.
Who Is A Candidate?
Candidacy for the All-on-4 procedure is determined by a prosthodontist on an individual basis. Many patients who are missing all of their upper or lower teeth make good candidates. Additionally, people who already have dentures may benefit from the All-on-4 procedure. Age is typically not a determining factor.
If you are dealing with tooth loss and are ready to explore your options, make an appointment with our office today. Tooth loss does not have to be a part of everyday life; an attractive smile is within reach.