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All on Four Implant FAQ
The All on Four dental implant procedure is quickly gaining popularity in the dental cosmetic industry. If you are among the thousands of patients who are missing the majority of their teeth then perhaps you might be a great candidate for this treatment. This is a revolutionary method for transforming the patient's smile and provide permanent results in just one appointment.
If you’re looking for a breakdown of the procedure and have some questions about this treatment, read below for some frequently asked questions that we’ve answered for your clarity.
What is the All on Four Dental Implant procedure?
If you’re not familiar with dental implants, you should be made aware that this is the only permanent tooth replacement treatment option on the market. A dental implant consists of three pieces that will hold the replacement tooth in your missing space. A titanium post will be drilled into the jawbone area in which the missing space lies. Next, an abutment will be added on top of the post to provide the foundation for the fabricated tooth to be cemented. Finally, the dental professional will either cement
or screw and a tooth replacement option such as a dental crown or a dental bridge to complete the dental implants process.
The All on Four dental implant procedure utilizes four dental implants across one arch to provide a foundation for a full arch of fabricated teeth to be attached on. The reason why only four dental implants can be used as opposed to one implant per tooth is because the dental implants are inserted on an angle to cover more width on the tooth arch to give it enough foundation for all of the teeth.
- A permanent solution for replacing a full arch of teeth
- An upgrade from dentures, as they do not need to be pulled out
- Stops the deterioration of your jawbone as a titanium post fuses for extra strength
- Restores your facial features
- Can be done in one appointment
- Only utilizes four implants per arch
- In total, is cheaper than a full mouth reconstruction
Am I a Candidate for All on Four Dental Implants?
The best candidate for this procedure is typically recommended for patients who have lost the majority of their teeth on either their top or bottom arches. The patient who is currently wearing dentures can also be a great candidate as they have already had most of their teeth extracted and may be looking for a more permanent solution for replacing their teeth. Typically, a patient that has good oral health is the ideal candidate. If you are worried you may be too old or too young for this procedure; you will be
happy to know that age is not a factor that plays on whether or not you can be a candidate.
Can this Procedure Give Me Natural Looking Teeth?
One of the greatest reasons why patients are opting for this procedure is because the technique not only gives you permanent teeth but they look, feel, and function just like natural teeth.
How can I Care for my All on Four teeth?
Just like your natural teeth, it is recommended to brush and floss daily in order to maintain the strength and aesthetics of your smile. Talk to your dentist about an oral hygiene routine that would be best recommended to fit your needs.
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