If you are missing a full arch of teeth, the all-on-4 implant procedure provides an efficient way to restore a full smile, in addition to complete mouth function and ideal oral health. This option gives you permanent teeth that look like the real thing.
We offer this restorative dentistry service at Linworth Family Dental to give our patients back their full smiles and a better quality of life. It’s one of the ways we offer our community the best dental options available in the field.
Does the All-on-4 Use Implants?
The name of this procedure refers to the use of four dental implants to hold up a full-arch bridge. Implants are titanium screws that provide a false tooth root by being surgically inserted into the gums. During the healing process, the jawbone fuses to the implant to make it permanent and secure.
These implants act as the base for a full-arch bridge, which is a single piece containing a full set of teeth attached to one another. With the implants, this tooth replacement option provides a stable and permanent solution to missing teeth.
Implants are beneficial because of their permanency and stability. Also, the tooth root replacements that are added help maintain the structure of your jawbone and face, whereas they can deteriorate over time if left without tooth roots.
Also, the all-on-4 procedure is beneficial for patients who are missing all or most of their teeth or have extensive damage that requires multiple extractions. Nonetheless, you need to have healthy gums and enough jawbone strength to support the implants.
How Does the All-on-4 Differ From Other Tooth Restorations?
There are various forms of tooth replacement options. We choose different ones based on your dental situation, as well as factors like your desired budget and personal preferences.
A single tooth implant uses an implant and crown to fill one missing tooth. Traditional bridges and removable partial dentures can be used for spaces missing a few teeth in a row, and they attach to the surrounding teeth. Another option is an implant-support bridge for a few missing teeth.
However, if you’re missing an entire set of teeth or plan to have the last remaining ones extracted, you need a full-arch replacement option. Removable full dentures give one choice, which replaces an entire set of teeth with a gum-like piece that attaches to the mouth through suction. Implant-support dentures add the stability and permanency of implants.
The all-on-4 gives another option with a bridge that includes the tooth replacement part without the false gums, attaching to just four implants. This procedure uses fewer implants than other options like a full-arch fixed implant bridge that comes with up to eight implants.
Come for a Consultation
Since the differences between tooth replacement options get a bit technical, it’s best to talk to one of our dentists about your options. During a consultation appointment, Dr. Whittaker, Dr. Glasgow or Dr. Soungpradith can let you know if the all-on-4 procedure fits your situation. We can also help you compare it to other potential options to make the decision that’s best for you.
Make an appointment for an exam and to discuss potential solutions to restore your smile and oral health. Contact our office at 614-799-9500 to schedule your visit.