Dentures are one common solution to missing teeth, but All-on-4® procedures can make for more permanent and natural restorations. A few carefully placed screws can replace a full dental arch with new pearly whites. Understand the basics of this surgery and what it has to offer with this condensed guide.
What the procedure offers
Titanium screws angled and inserted inside the jawbone are the key to this type of surgery. Only four screws on the top and bottom of the jaw are used, versus the normal six or seven. However, these screws can enforce and strengthen the jaw just as much as other dental implants. Once the screws are in place and prosthetic teeth are attached, they mimic real teeth and provide stimulation to the jawbone.
First, the dentist removes any failing or diseased teeth. Implants are then placed in the front and back sections of the jawbone and used to support a temporary arch of teeth. The screws are implanted at a specific angle, avoiding ligaments and veins, and over time, the bone grows against the implants and fuses them with the jaw.
Once the mouth is healed, dentists replace the temporary prosthetics with realistic porcelain or acrylic teeth. These teeth are long-lasting and are fully functioning. No adhesives are required; instead, the prosthetics are fully attached to the jaw via the implants.
Normal denture implants can take three to eight months of recovery time, but after an All-on-4® surgery, the mouth can be functional from day one. After a month or two of soft foods, patients can exercise their new teeth by eating all types of their favorite hard foods. Soon after that, the new implants can work and feel like natural teeth.
Benefits of the implants
Dental implants can be a great benefit for those struggling with normal dentures or failing teeth. While dentures are placed on the gums, this treatment directly attaches the replacement teeth to the screws in the jawbone. Here are some of the advantages of this procedure.
Fights bone loss
When a tooth is lost, the jawbone is no longer stimulated by the tooth root, causing the bone to lose density over time. Along with impacting the jaw and face shape, bone loss can compromise the ability to chew well. With implants, the titanium screws act as replacement roots, stimulating the jaw so the bone does not lose density and maintains its shape.
Functions like real teeth
Over time, the bone bonds directly to the screws in a process called osseointegration, making the implants as stable as the original teeth. Before long, biting strength increases and the mouth can begin to feel normal and comfortable. With daily brushing and flossing, it can seem as nothing has changed.
Anyone who qualifies for normal dentures may be a good fit for this type of procedure. This permanent type of dental work can be a good option for those looking for a new arch of teeth. With a few evaluations, a dentist can determine if your bone quality and oral health are at an appropriate level for All-on-4® surgery.
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