Edentulous, or toothless, patients have a good alternative to dentures in All-on-4 dental implants. With this technique, an oral surgeon strategically places four dental implants toward the front of the jaw, and those implants serve as anchors for a prosthetic arch of teeth.
The All-on-4 technique can be used for either the upper or lower arches or, if necessary, both. The replacement teeth for the upper and lower arches can be carefully designed to replicate the appearance of natural teeth.
Not only can you replace both arches with All-on-4 implants, you may undergo both procedures in the same day or within a few days. After the implants are placed, you’ll be fitted with temporary prosthetic arches that you’ll wear as the implants complete the osseointegration process, which takes several months.
After the implants are fully healed, patients return to the office to be fitted with permanent dentures.
All-on-4 implants are an option even for patients with some degree of bone loss. Because the implants are placed toward the front of the jaw, where bone erosion progresses more slowly, All-on-4 patients typically have sufficient jawbone material to support the implants.
Patients may prefer All-on-4 implants to conventional dentures for a number of reasons. Over time, implant-supported dentures are more reliable and consistent. When dental implants are in place, the denture is more secure, as well. Patients don’t have to worry about an embarrassing slip-up at just the wrong time, and they don’t have to eliminate favorite foods from their diets.
To enjoy the benefits from All-on-4 implants for a lifetime, patients also need to take steps to protect their oral health. If gum disease led to your tooth loss, that condition should be controlled prior to implant placement. Additionally, patients must be very conscientious about a home oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing to keep oral bacteria in check.
If you need to replace all of the teeth on your upper and lower arches, consider All-on-4 implants for a stable, attractive solution to the problem. Contact the office of Dr. Stephen Weisglass, serving Forest Hills NY and the neighboring areas, to schedule your professional consultation.