For many, losing teeth is a natural part of getting older. For some, tooth loss is a gradual process. Others may lose multiple teeth in a short time span. However it happens, though, many of our patients share the same desire to restore their confidence through the appearance of their smile.
Nearly half of all seniors in Australia age 65 and older wear dentures, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Today, dentures are no longer the only option to get back a full, vibrant smile. The revolution treatment of All-on-4 implants provides a solution that more patients are asking for by name.
If you’ve lost teeth and are feeling embarrassed about your smile or uncomfortable every time you speak, eat, or drink, it might be time to consider the advantages of All-on-4 implants.
What are All-on-4 Implants?
Traditional dentures are akin to have a full or partial set of removable teeth. They offer the appearance of a natural smile, but denture wearers agree they don’t feel quite the same. Dentures often feel unstable and can easily slip while talking, eating, or drinking. They are also designed to be removed for cleaning and care.
All-on-4 implants solve many of the challenges associated with regular dentures. These implants also provide a full set of either upper or lower teeth. The main difference is that they’re a more permanent option because they’re implanted in your jawbone.
Similar to single dental implants, All-on-4 implants leverage metal, surgically inserted posts (four, to be exact) to hold the artificial teeth in place. But unlike single dental implants, All-on-4 implants do not need to be placed individually. You can get a full set of upper or lower teeth with just four implants.
Caring for traditional dentures requires removing the dentures from your mouth. This isn’t the case with All-on-4 implants, however.
In fact, care and maintenance are quite simple. Just brush and floss like you would with normal teeth. Also, make sure you see your dentist for regular cleanings and inspections.
Are All-on-4 Implants Right for Me?
Sydney Road Dental Care specialises in cosmetic dentistry, and we know you have many options when it comes to improving your smile. We provide our patients with a variety of options, some of which may be a better fit for you than others.
The ideal candidate for All-on-4 implants are patients who:
Have many missing teeth
Are currently wearing dentures
Are in relatively good health and can undergo surgery
We invite you to speak with one of our dentists directly to answer any questions you may have and to verify if All-on-4 implants are right for you.
Explore Your Cosmetic Dental Options
We believe everyone deserves a reason to smile, and we’d love to help you find yours. Schedule a consultation today and take the next step toward a healthier, happier smile!
As with many cosmetic dental procedures, All-on-4 implants is a major change to your body. It’s important to understand the procedure and set the right expectations, as well as consider other options that might be a better fit for you.
During our initial consultation, we’ll answer any questions you may have, explain the process in detail, and discuss specifics like timeline and cost. These can vary by patient, depending on things like the need for bone grafts, your dental insurance, and material (acrylic or porcelain).
Our goal during this stage is to make you an informed patient so you can make the best choice for your future.
If you’re a good candidate for All-on-4 implants, your oral surgeon will precisely place four titanium posts into your jawbone. These posts will act like artificial roots for your dentures.
The posts will be fully covered by your dentures once the procedure is completed, leaving you with an all-natural look and feel. However, your jawbone will need time to heal from the insertion of the implants prior to receiving the full denture arch.
In many cases, the healing process for an All-on-4 implant procedure is quicker compared to individual implants. This system fuses to your bone much faster, which lends to its stability.