All-On-4 Dental Implants Or Dentures?
The start of a new year is a great time for a new beginning. And if you’re missing a mouthful of teeth, or if the majority of your teeth are badly damaged, replacing them can improve your dental function and your overall happiness.
Thanks to advances in dentistry, there are different ways to replace a full set of teeth. But none are as secure and long-lasting as dental implants.
And at Houston Uptown Dentists, we’re able to offer a cost-effective way to leverage all the benefits of dental implants with less chair time, recovery time, and cost than if you were to replace every single tooth with a dental implant and dental crown. It’s called All-On-4® dental implants!
This revolutionary teeth replacement solution leaves you with a beautiful new smile that looks and feels natural. If you’re unfamiliar with this treatment option, it’s because it’s not available at every dental practice.
Read on for more information about All-On-4 dental implants. Then, if you’re interested in restoring your smile and your confidence, call our Houston, TX office today at (832) 463-1021 to schedule a consultation.
How Does All-On-4 Dental Implants Compare With Dentures?
Have you been told you need to replace your missing teeth with dentures, but you’re afraid that the prosthetic might occasionally slip when you cough or laugh? Or do you just hate the thought of denture adhesive?
With All-On-4 dental implants, you don’t need to worry about either of those things.
All-On-4 dental implants anchor a full upper or lower set of artificial teeth on just four dental implants: two placed vertically at the front of your mouth and two placed at angles toward the back of your mouth. This allows the dental implant to support an entire full dental arch prosthetic on so few dental implants in a way that avoids the need for a bone graft.
What Are Dental Implants?
When you have a tooth extracted or otherwise lose it due to trauma or infection, you lose both the visible part of the tooth (called the crown) and the tooth root (the structure that connects the tooth to your jaw bone).
So it makes sense that the best way to replace a missing tooth is to replace both parts, right?
Well, that’s exactly what dental implants do.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium or other biocompatible metal. When you replace a missing tooth with a dental implant, the artificial root is inserted into your jawbone. In time, the implant fuses to the jaw bone, just like a real tooth root would.
To replace the visible portion of your tooth, a dental implant is topped with an abutment, or connector piece, which holds a dental restoration in place.
It’s perhaps most common for a dental implant to be restored with a dental crown, a single-tooth prosthetic, to replace a single missing tooth. Such an arrangement is great because it replaces both parts of the missing tooth.
But what if you’re missing multiple teeth? Do you need to get one artificial tooth root for every missing tooth?
Fortunately, the answer is no. Replacing a mouthful of missing teeth with dental implants restored with dental crowns would require a lengthy procedure, super-human bone density (or a time-consuming bone grafting treatment), and a longer recovery period. Plus, you’d have to consider the cost of 28 dental implants and 28 dental crowns! It would most likely be cost-prohibitive.
That’s where All-On-4 comes in.
The Advantages Of All-On-4 Dental Implants
About 10 years ago, a dentist named Paulo Malo found that he only needed four dental implants to anchor a full dental arch prosthetic. The secret, he found, was angling the back two dental implants for optimal comfort, durability, and security.
And voila! That’s how All-On-4 was born.
Since then, this technique has helped hundreds of thousands of patients reclaim their smiles to live a happier and healthier life. In fact, 98 percent of patients said they would recommend All-On-4 dental implants to their family and friends.
Compared to conventional dental implant treatments, All-On-4 is less time-consuming and less costly.
And when compared to traditional removable dentures, All-On-4 gives you the freedom to never worry about the placement of your prosthetic. Only your dentist will be able to remove the artificial teeth, so you’ll always feel certain your prosthetic is exactly where it needs to be!
Plus, dental implants are easy to care for. You care for them as you would natural teeth, with proper brushing and routine dental cleanings! With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
As Close As You Can Get To A New Set Of Teeth
Imagine being able to enjoy your favorite foods without worry and being able to smile without embarrassment.
Let Houston Uptown Dentists help you restore your smile and improve your quality of life. Call us today at (832) 463-1021 to schedule a consultation. You can also use our convenient online form to request an appointment.