Based on rumors, you may think dental implants only replace teeth one at a time. That'd mean getting several would take a long while. Thankfully, this idea isn't true - there's always the option of All-on-4 implants. These kinds can replace a whole arch of teeth at once! To get this result, all you’d need are four strategically placed implants. Dr. Fitzgerald can even tell you more about them. So, just keep reading or book a consultation today.
If you don’t already know, dental implants are the gold standard of tooth replacement. They look and act like natural teeth by fusing with your jaw over time. Even so, placing one of these posts for each empty socket can be inefficient. As a result, many dentists seek to maximize the use of fewer implants.
All-on-4 implants are one example of this maximization. As their name suggests, they’re four posts that support an entire arch of artificial teeth. Two are placed toward the jaw’s front, while another two are set near the back at an angle. Once each properly fuses with the jawbone, they work together to secure a final, full denture.
Nearly anyone who’s lost all teeth on one or both arches is a good All-on-4 candidate. Still, other treatment-related factors are worth considering as well.
For example, take one’s jawbone density. Patients can qualify for All-on-4 implants even when their jaw suffers bone loss. As for why, these posts require less bone tissue due to being placed at an angle. That means you can get them without the hassle of a prior bone graft.
You’d also be wise to assess your oral health. You see, All-on-4 implants require that a patient has a healthy mouth. They won’t be able to support the posts properly otherwise. As such, an ideal treatment candidate must practice good oral hygiene and avoid bad oral habits.
You can expect several benefits from All-on-4 implants. These include the following:
Though All-On-4 implants are similar to regular ones, key differences exist. The most notable are: