Having multiple missing teeth can make you feel embarrassed when you eat, speak, or smile. Particularly when any of your front teeth are missing, it often has a negative effect on your self-esteem. Dentures can correct the functional and aesthetic problems caused by missing teeth, but dental implants are typically a more comfortable and low-maintenance option. However, having more than one dental implant procedure can be inconvenient, uncomfortable, and costly.
All-On-Four®️ dental implants address these understandable concerns by providing a full arch of dental implants in one procedure. By using four-tooth implants on your upper or bottom arch, the process allows you to enjoy the benefits of a full set of dental implants without the treatment time, discomfort, and stressful price tag that comes with individual replacements.
You’ll get the best results from your dental implants if you work with a dentist experienced in treating patients with multiple tooth loss. Our specialist, Danielle Whele, DDS, of Willow Glen Dental Care in San Jose, California, specializes in implant dentistry, and our goal is to help patients restore their appearance and full use of their mouths.
An expert in the use of dental implants, Dr. Whele conducts a comprehensive examination that typically includes digital impressions of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Depending on your condition, she uses this information to design your personalized All-On-Four treatment plan or recommends other tooth replacement options.
Find out more about the benefits of All-On-Four and how this method of dental implants can make a difference in your daily life if you’re missing teeth.
Since they’re permanently inserted and become secured like natural teeth, All-On-Four dental implants give you the confidence of knowing you won’t experience embarrassing slipping, clicking, or shifting when you talk or chew. They also free you from applying daily adhesive creams and powders to keep them in place.
The All-On-Four procedure requires oral surgery in which Dr. Whele uses a dental drill to insert four implant posts into your jawbone. The implant posts support all of your replacement teeth by creating artificial tooth roots. The artificial roots develop over a period of about three to six months as your jawbone and gum tissue grow around each insert. Connectors are placed on top of the implant posts to hold your artificial teeth in place.
Maintaining your jawbone’s natural density and shape relies heavily on using your jaw for everything you would normally do. Natural teeth help keep your jaw strong during chewing and biting. However, when you lose teeth, the jawbone can lose its shape and volume because it lacks adequate stimulation. If your jawbone atrophies or breaks down, it can allow the remaining teeth to move out of place and change the structure of your face, resulting in a hollow or sunken look.
Dental implants are made to replace the roots of your natural teeth. By providing stimulation to your jaw like natural tooth roots, All-On-Four dental implants help preserve the health and structure of your jawline by preventing bone loss and tooth shifting.
All-On-Four dental implants save you the cost and inconvenience of undergoing an individual procedure for each missing tooth. Since the All-On-Four procedure uses only four implants per arch, it’s less invasive and costly than getting multiple procedures. Depending on the condition of your mouth, you may get your implants in one day. Dr. Whele is happy to discuss your options with you during your consultation.
Best of all, All-On-Four dental implants don’t require special maintenance other than regular brushing and flossing. You won’t have to worry about removing them for cleaning or soaking every night. You can live a normal life with All-On-Four dental implants, and save time as well.
All-On-Four dental implants consist of titanium or titanium alloys, which typically don’t cause rejection issues. Dental implants don’t deteriorate with decay like natural teeth. You can ensure they stay clean and healthy with daily cleaning and twice-yearly dental checkups.
While your artificial teeth may require periodic replacement over years of wear-and-tear, your implant posts are designed to remain in place permanently since they fuse to your jawbone. With proper dental hygiene, you can enjoy a lifetime of full smiles and a variety of foods for the rest of your life. After age 45, the possibility that you may need a replacement rises, but we will assist you with any questions that you may have.
Overall, dental implants have a success rate of 95% or more, which makes them a worthwhile financial investment. Your individual results with All-On-Four will depend on a number of factors, including the condition of your gums and your overall health.
All-On-Four dental implants or other tooth replacement options can help restore confidence in your appearance and dental function. We’re here to assist if you’re considering dental implants, or if you have any dental issue. Schedule your visit online or call Willow Glen Dental Care today for a consultation.