Despite significant improvements in preventive dentistry over the past few decades, tooth loss remains very common for adults of all ages. After all of the teeth have been lost in the upper or lower jaw, finding an effective replacement is of the utmost importance to help you continue to eat, speak, and smile with ease and full confidence. All-on-4 dental implants in Potomac are one effective method for cases of total tooth loss. Keep reading to learn more about how they work and when they are recommended.
What Is All-on-4?
Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots made from sturdy titanium, and All-on-4 is a way to rebuild a smile after total tooth loss using just 4 dental implants. A complete denture can be secured to the tops of the implant posts in the same day as they are placed — which is why this option is also sometimes called Teeth In a Day.
All-on-4 differs from conventional dental implants in that you will not need to have an individual implant post placed for each tooth. The posts are longer than traditional implants so they can draw maximum support from the jaw bone. Two posts are placed along the side of the jaw and two are placed in front, where the jaw is strongest. Here, they support the fixed complete denture that is secured on top.
Some of the benefits of All-on-4 dental implants include:
- Dental implants offer far better security than a conventional denture
- You can leave with a set of fully-functioning teeth on the same day
- All-on-4 is a good option even for patients who lack the bone structure to support traditional implants
- All-on-4 can last for many years with proper maintenance
Is All-on-4 Right for You?
All-on-4 is reserved for patients who have lost all of their teeth in the upper or lower jaw. If you still have some healthy teeth remaining, you will be better served by a partial denture or implant-supported bridge. All-on-4 can eliminate the need for lengthy or invasive bone grafting procedures that are often required before traditional dental implant placement procedures. For this reason, more patients are eligible for All-on-4 dental implants than may be for traditional implants.
Tooth loss needs to be solved — and your restorative dentist can help! The only way to find out for sure which replacement option is best for you is to schedule an appointment with a dentist offering a range of restorative services this month. Don’t delay in seeking your quality tooth replacement!
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Osseiran is a trusted restorative dentist in Potomac offering a range of dental implant services, including All-on-4 and advanced technology that makes the process highly effective and comfortable for patients. To learn more about your options in tooth replacement or to schedule an appointment to discuss which may be best for you, you are invited to contact Just for Your Smile at 703-288-4700.