All-on-4® Treatment Concept
Tooth loss is a serious issue that affects more than just your oral health. It can have an impact on your overall health as well as your quality of life. When you lose your teeth, it becomes more difficult to bite and thoroughly chew food. Speaking becomes a challenge. Your smile, and your confidence deteriorate. Under the gums, missing teeth lead to the resorption of bone mass. Eventually, the jawbone begins to grow weak and change shape. Dental implants are a popular treatment for restoring missing teeth. Along with returning the functions and aesthetics to your mouth, implants also help to preserve your jawbone. However, for implants to be successful, you need to have sufficient bone mass for osseointegration. Insufficient bone mass does not necessarily mean you cannot get implants. At Kelly Smile Dentistry, we can restore an entire arch of missing teeth with the All-on-4 treatment concept.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a popular treatment for replacing missing teeth and restoring their functions and aesthetics. They are a unique treatment that involves the implantation of small, titanium rods directly into your jawbone. The bone then fuses to the implants in a process known as osseointegration. When the process is complete, the implants then act as stable roots that are used to support your replacement crowns.
How Does the All-on-4 Treatment Concept Work?
If you are missing all of the teeth in a single arch, an implant supported denture is used. This restoration uses 6 to 8 implants to support your arch of replacement teeth. However, for this treatment to be successful, you need to have sufficient bone mass remaining in the jaw. Bone loss begins shortly after tooth loss. If too much bone mass is lost, the jaw cannot support the titanium rods properly. This can result in implant failure. The failure of even one implant can compromise the entire restoration.
It used to be that if you did not have the necessary bone mass, you had one of two options. You either had to undergo an invasive bone graft surgery, which requires a lengthy recovery, or you were relegated to dentures. The All-on-4 treatment concept allows you to get dental implants without the need for another surgical procedure. Instead of 6 to 8 implants, the All-on-4 treatment concept uses only four implants to support your replacement teeth. The success of this treatment is not in the number of implants, but their placement. Two implants are placed vertically at the front of the jaw. Here, there is naturally more bone mass. The other two implants are placed at the back of the jaw. They are inserted at a 45-degree angle, which maximizes contact between the implants and the bone, and takes advantage of the bone mass you do have.
The All-on-4 treatment concept allows you to enjoy all of the same benefits that other types of dental implants offer. They are strong and stable, restoring your ability to eat your favorite foods and speak without worry. They are easy to care for. They are more comfortable than dentures. This treatment also helps to slow, and even stop, the bone loss that follows tooth loss. Other benefits of the All-on-4 treatment concept include:
If your jaw is missing too much bone mass to support the necessary implants for an implant supported a denture, the All-on-4 treatment concept may be right for you. Call Kelly Smile Dentistry, today to learn more and schedule your consultation at (760) 242-2338.