Just because you’ve lost all of your natural teeth doesn’t mean you can never enjoy having a full smile again. Today’s dentures might look remarkably lifelike, but they don’t quite feel like real teeth. That’s where All-on-4 can help. By securing a customized full denture onto only four dental implants, Dr. Dan Greenwood can give you a set of pearly whites that resembles the ones you were born with in almost every way. Contact our Greenwood Dental team today to learn how All-on-4 in Sagamore Hills could change your life!
With All-on-4, four dental implants are surgically placed into your jawbone at specific locations and angles, allowing them to provide ample support for a full denture. Traditional dentures are prone to slipping (especially if the jaw changes shape) because they merely sit on top of the gums. All-on-4 goes one step further by replicating the roots of the teeth. Not only do the implants keep your prosthetic firmly in place, but they also prevent your jawbone from losing density as it normally would after tooth loss.
Additionally, bone grafting may not be required for patients who have experienced jawbone deterioration. This is because All-on-4 implants are positioned strategically to take advantage of the existing bone tissue.
If you have lost or are about to lose an entire arch of teeth, Dr. Greenwood may ask you to consider All-on-4. There’s a good chance that you can still qualify for the treatment even if it has been some time since your teeth were lost. That said, your implant dentist in Sagamore Hills will need to make sure your gums are healthy first. Gum disease could prevent your jawbone from integrating with the implants, ultimately ending in dental implant failure. Of course, you may still qualify for All-on-4 after any existing oral health concerns are addressed.
By choosing All-on-4, you can look forward to:
With traditional dental implants, you might need a bone graft if your jaw has weakened in the areas where implants must be placed. All-on-4, on the other hand, maximizes the available jawbone density. As a result, bone grafting may not be required, which can save you several months of treatment time and a great deal of money.
Also, traditional dental implants require you to wait three to six months for the implant posts to fuse with your jawbone before you can receive your prosthetic. With All-on-4, we can usually place a temporary load-bearing denture on the same day as your implant surgery. That way, you won’t have to go several months without teeth!