Dentures have been around for centuries and for very good reason—they are an excellent tooth replacement if you are missing all of the teeth along either your upper or lower arch. They not only recreate an attractive smile, but they help to support your facial muscles and tissue so you can maintain the natural structure of your face. What could be better? Dentures that are secured to dental implants are particularly beneficial if you’ve noticed a change in your facial structure since tooth loss. One of the best options is All-on-4 dental implants in 60647.
What Are All-on-4 Dental Implants?
All-on-4 is a fixed tooth replacement option that can restore your complete smile and facial structure in as little as one appointment. With this prosthetic device, dentures are secured to four, smaller dental implants that are slightly smaller than traditional implants. They are strategically positioned along the jaw and angled to take advantage of your jaw’s greatest bone density. Even if you’ve been dealing with tooth loss for some time, as well as the associated bone deterioration, bone graft surgery is usually not necessary with All-on-4’s angular positioning.
As the implants integrate with your jawbone, you will see a rejuvenated look. This is due to the stimulation that the implants provide your jaw; healthy new bone tissue growth means that your appearance will be refreshed along with your smile.
How are All-on-4 Dental Implants Placed?
First, detailed X-rays of your teeth, gums and jawbone are taken that an oral surgeon in 60647 will use to guide the placement of each All-on-4 dental implant. To position the implants, a small incision is made in the gums to expose the bone. Then, the implants are placed in your jaw.
Once the four implants are positioned, each is outfitted with an abutment that attaches to special metal fittings that run along the underside of temporary dentures. You’ll wear this temporary set for a few months while your gums heal and the implants fuse with your jawbone. This firm setting between the implants and your jaw is what will eventually secure your permanent dentures so you never again need to worry about dentures that move or click when you eat, talk and laugh.
Complete healing usually takes around six months for All-on-4 dental implants. After this time, you’ll return to the oral surgeon’s office to have new post-op impressions taken of your gums. With these, a dental lab can create permanent dentures that fit perfectly.
Could All-on-4 dental implants give you back your smile and a fuller facial structure? Contact an oral surgeon to schedule a consultation to find out of this tooth replacement options is right for you.
About the Author
Dr. Firas F. Katabi earned his dental degree from Case Western Reserve University and then went on to receive specialty training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Lincoln Medical Center. Additionally, he is certified by The American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentistry. Dr. Katabi helps patients regain the quality of life they once had with All-on-4 dental implants at Armitage Oral Surgery and can be reached for more information through his website.